#reverb13 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December designed to reflect on 2013 and project on hopes and dreams for 2014. Through December 31st Meredith, Kat and I will post each day with a new prompt. Join us by writing, or join us by reading. Follow us on Twitter @project_reverb and hashtag #reverb13. Let’s reverb.
Crazy: What little thing drove you crazy this year? Was it unique to this past year or has it been buggin’ you for a while? How do you intend to get rid of it or resolve it in 2014?
+The traffic on 66.
+The traffic on 123.
+Everyone at Costco.
+Just sitting down to eat breakfast when someone calls me from the bathroom for assistance and my hot breakfast becomes cold.
+The amount of laundry that piles and piles and piles.
+Everything about the grocery.
+Having to eat with one hand while I feed someone with the other.
+Anything to do with vehicle maintenance.
+When the Internet breaks.
+Dealing with the insurance company.
+Waiting in line at CVS, waiting in line at the gas station, waiting in line to see the pediatrician.
I’m in the beginning stages of a book project, and several weeks ago I was interviewing someone for this project. I was lamenting about the Stuff of Life that drives me crazy. All these little hassles. The repetitiveness of our days. How it seems that so much of my life is spent dealing with menial tasks while a much smaller part of my life is spent doing those things I love.
He agreed. Said, yes, those tasks are annoying. But maybe it’s also in the way we look at those tasks. Maybe we can see them as a time to be mindful – and grateful – for our lives. That I get to be here, waiting for my Explorer to receive it’s annual inspection, because it means I have a safe car to drive. And when the third person at Costco rams her cart into mine and cuts me in line, it’s a time to practice being zen, consider that maybe that woman is having a bad day. Maybe something terrible is going on in her life. And maybe not. Maybe she’s just mean. But who am I to say? Let it go. Be zen. Practice mindfulness.
I have a knack for letting every little thing get under my skin, so I find myself burning up with frustrations. And it requires a lot of energy to keep that up. So I’ve been practicing letting this Stuff of Life just be a moment, a time to practice gratefulness, and to cling hard to those more joyous moments so they can be buoys to hoist up my mood in trying times.