Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Uninspired Whining

I don’t really have anything to say today, but sometimes my sister gets grumpy if I don’t say something. My friend Eve can pull an awesome post out of her ear. With me, nothing of any import whatsoever possibly a made up word or two, maybe a lexicon journey, but nothing mind blowing. Here is my whine about whining…

My life is really good, family, and home, husband keeps me for some strange reason, son will eventually stick us in the worst nursing home on the face of the planet because we make him do chores and homework. My husband works and I get to do nothing aside from bad housekeeping and pretty descent cooking. My gentle corrections (nagging) have spurred him to greater cleanliness, less rude comments, reaching further than he planned, but still no dice on home repairs or griping among other things to impolite to mention. My gentle loving corrections have had no effect as yet on our son; aside from him actually knowing how electricity flows through a circuit I seem to have had no influence on him. Well maybe the whole cornbread in milk thing…but that’s it…ok so he also got my stubbornness, grace (hahahaha), messiness, awesome leg muscles, empathy and flair for drama. I think those are probably more genetic than learned, really hoping I’m not that dramatic anymore!

In short, I have nothing to complain about. My life is pretty perfect. Right now things are slow for me, but it’s just a thing. It’s a learning curve and I’m great. I feel sorry for people who have everything yet nothing….I always used this quote but I never knew who to attribute it to until recently;

“A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing” -Oscar Wilde

This quote is so apropos. It really disturbs me to see so many people caught up in the process of keeping up with the Joneses or looking for adventure in life only to pass it right by. People can tell you how much their motor home cost them, or how much a vacation is, or how much someone spent on this or that, but they can't see the inherent value in what costs nothing. Simply that is taking the time to treasure what you have. I've been looking at the ground lately, (really helps with walking) and I’ve seen so many things I would normally miss, a baby turtle about the size of a half dollar coin, raccoon footprints in concrete, ants massing over something indescribable on the ground, beds of clover, ground flowers, names in concrete…so much life happens all around us and we never even pay attention to the details. People gripe that life is boring, or they are unhappy where they are. Happy doesn’t just pop right out and slap you in the face. Happiness and satisfaction happen when you look at what you do have, not at what you wish you had. I have no reason to whine, sometimes I do, but then I try to get over myself. I am one of the luckiest people I know and I hope I never take it for granted. I might stare at the ground but it doesn’t mean I am down…I’m just looking for ants.


I think this post probably meandered about...I do that a lot, meander. It is after all uninspired whining ...

3 comments:

Eve said...

This is great Vicki! You can so write awesome posts! There's a lot to be said for looking at the ground..I know exactly what you mean..I used to spend a lot of time when I was younger looking at the ground and all the little lives down there...the same world that we're in is a lot different for the ants and those little bitty turtles..I actually did this,and I don't have a neck disorder, I'm just a freak! lol!
I love the Oscar Wilde quote! I love Oscar..he's one of my heroes..and I love your description that, "Happy doesn't just pop out and slap you in the face." I really did laugh out loud! It's true, a lot of the time you have to work at being happy...I know I've been doing a lot of that lately..just really making an effort to be happy inspite of everything..the alternative is too bleak to think about...anyways, have a great day Vicki! Love your posts, keep meandering!

I just can't shut up said...

Ah Eve, your verbal hugs make me smile!!

Eve said...

:)