Saturday, December 5, 2009
What Makes Me Feel Better
Around my computer at work, there are things that are supposed to cheer me up when I'm feeling blue, sayings that I use in cards, notes from family. Even when I'm having a bad day I can look at those notes and feel better.
The first thing I see is my screen. It's a picture I took of my new cat watching "cat TV" but beyond that it is a nice photograph with a reflective feel to it.
There are two notes from family members. One is from my sister, a heart-shaped note that she attached to a fake check for a million dollars. It says, "Love you, miss you, see you soon! Bip." This note reminds me that I am loved by my dad and siblings. The second note was stuck to my desk by my daughter when she worked with me last year. It says, "Love you ever so much, ma." I think of my children when I read this, glad they that are employed, have comfortable places to live, and that they love me, their dad, and each other.
Then there are the quotes I use for cards. For birthdays, the following poem:
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature.
Beautiful old people are works of art.
For sympathy cards, this quote by Kahlil Gibran is one of my favorites:
I have passed a mountain peak and my soul is soaring in the firmament of complete and unbound freedom. I am in comfort. I am in peace.
There are a few spiritual quotes:
God has left us love notes scattered extravagantly across creation.
I entrust the good desires of my heart to God's loving care, and I know that with God all things are possible.
Positive and negative impulses exist within us all. Those of us who shine brightest are not those who have no darker side, but those who are fully aware of their negativity, who keep their darkness in check by increasing their light.
There are a few frivolous things too. A fortune from a Chinese fortune cookie reads, "You are appreciated by your company." The lyrics from a Madonna song, "And the money kept rolling in from every side." Two arrows from tax returns that say, "Sign here."
But the simplest quote is the one that touches me most, and with this one I'll end my circular route around my computer screen.
IN YOUR HEART, YOU ALREADY KNOW.