Postcard #25 “Motivational Post-It Notes”

Posted on September 10, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Recently I saw an interesting mirror with the words breathe, live, laugh, and love carved on the border and it made me think: Out of all the stuff in my life that I need to do, is it imperative that I reminded to do those things? Nope and here’s why: if I don’t breathe, I’ll die so I’d better keep inhaling and exhaling.  The last time I checked I was alive and living (and of course, breathing), but I should turn off the TV because life shouldn’t be wasted watching reruns of “Laverne and Shirley”. I’m strong on the love department because I love lots of people, animals, and especially long walks on the beach. Finally, I have plenty of things to laugh at (especially at my cat Walter), so I’m good there. All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well and so are a lot of other people because even though the mirror was on sale it was still at the store.

 Seeing that mirror made me think about what I should be doing. A couple of days later I decided to make my own mirror that would make my life truly better, more fulfilling, and infinitely interesting. I decided to personalize it for my own needs, you know, things I should be doing. I decided to use sticky notes and stuck them on my bathroom mirror and viola! My own motivational mirror! In the beginning the notes were simple reminders, but I quickly realized that each had an underlying message.

Here’s what I decided on:

Stop obsessing over the imagined toe fungus allegedly lurking under your big toes. Convinced that I had toe fungus I worried, worried and worried some more. I didn’t have funky yellow thick toenails or anything like that, but I was certain that my nails (and anything else attached to my toes) were going to fall off and I wouldn’t be able to wear sandals for the rest of my life. In the end, all that worrying was silly because my little piggies were healthy and happy. I realized that the really real thing I should be doing is to stop worrying about silly things like left-hand turns, rabid bumblebees, and saying stupid stuff in public.

 Let the dogs be dogs and let them sniff a bazillion bushes for as long as they want. I try to let them do their thing, but they always seem to do their thing in front of someone’s window and I feel like a big weirdo just standing there. I could pull them along or walk in the middle of the street but then I might get run over, so that’s not a practical option. I’m going to have to suck it up and let Lucille and Lillian whizz on every single bush, branch or bramble they see. And they see a lot of them. And they all smell and look delicious and amazing! I guess the real point is to be patient with others, even if they are taking a really long time to get to the point or emptying their bladders all over bushes.

Brush Walter’s teeth. You know I love my salty Walty, what with his soft fur and lovely luxurious whiskers, but his breath is enough to melt toe nail polish off my (not really) fungus-ridden nails. He’s my boy and I love him even though his breath is fun-key. So he’s going to the vets and getting his dragon breath taken care of and then I’ll start brushing them (kind of that clean-slate idea). The whole Walter fiasco just points out that I need to take care of things that need to be taken care of and not ignore them or they’re going to pop up and breathe all over me (demanding attention)in the middle of the night, much like my cat.

Learn some real songs on the banjo. I’ve been learning how to play “Red River Valley” for the last three months. Have you ever heard that song? Not me, well at least before I’ve played nineteen million times. It is about a woman who is leaving the Red River valley and everyone is super sad because she’s been making everyone smile and when she leaves she’ll be taking her smile with her (whoop-de-do). This year at Camp Pig Out there was an early morning banjo sing-a-long and it did not include “Red River Valley”. Instead there was a little “Sympathy for the Devil”, followed by “Satisfaction” and “Magic Bus” to round things out. Those songs certainly blow anything I’ve been playing out of the water. If I practice a lot, maybe, just maybe, I could be one of those pickers next year. The lesson here is to be more creative and practice, practice and practice some more. You might start at “Red River Valley” but you if you practice enough you might be able to get on the “Magic Bus” (and if you’re good enough, they might even let you drive).

So there you go, there’s my “mirror list” to make my life more interesting, what’s yours?

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