My oldest daughter came home for a visit yesterday and as we walked across the patio she said, “Oh, Mom. I love how you haven’t pulled the weeds. It makes everything so GREEN!” She was serious. I was dumbstruck. What a wonderful world this would be if all of us found that kind of positivity in a gnarl of chaos.
Since her visit, I have thought about moments recently where I could have employed that same outlook but didn’t. What first came to mind was being cut off in traffic, mid-turn by a woman in a huge, pickup truck. She blew through a red light and even though I had a green arrow, I had to slam on my brakes mid-turn to let her pass. Lucky for me, she was going to Trader Joe’s, too. Yes, I followed her in. Yes, I stood outside her huge, orange truck looking up at her and waited for her to emerge. When she did, here is what I should have said: “How fortunate I am that you drive such a BIG truck I was able to see you in time and slam on my brakes when you ran that red light!“
When a friend of many years sent me a bizarre, far right, conspiracy video complete with grossly, false statements, here is what I should have replied: “How wonderful I have your emails to remind me that some seemingly, normal people really are duped by QAnon conspirators!”
When my tennis partner hit the ball to the net player for the third time in a row and I got blasted, she turned to me and said, “Look. You need to be ready for those.” She was dead serious. I was speechless. Here is what I should have said. “How lucky I am that you’re so good at continually placing me in jeopardy! I’m sure it will quicken my reactions in no time!”
My daughter has given me inspiration. Now I need to apply it to my next challenge: a friend who is at high risk for Covid, has young children, is single and lives at the poverty level has just told me she is NOT getting the vaccine because she, ‘does not trust what’s in it.’ Here is what I am going to say: “You don’t know what’s in bologna but you eat that! Get the damn shot!”