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purposely positive(ly ridiculous)

Somedays, there are more complications and issues than there are solutions.  I feel like I was skipping ahead blindly, towards rainbows and pots of gold, and accidentally fell into a deep, muddy pit.

Rather than let myself be depressed, or fall into a paralysis based on post traumatic stress, I decided to use my Gratitude Journal for it’s original purpose– I decided to sit down and consciously remind myself that life is good.

Now, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re might be asking yourself, “What? I didn’t know Rara had a gratitude journal. She talks about all sorts of stuff all the time and has never once mentioned it!”

That’s because, quite honestly, my gratitude journal is ridiculous.

If you want to read a really positive gratitude journal, follow the tag on the reader.  You’ll be impressed and brightened by the things people write.  Their kids are brilliant.  They saw on a rainbow on Tuesday.  Someone left change in the parking meter.

I try to focus my positivity in a way that makes sense to others, but it tends to default back to things that only really make sense in my own mind.  Since no one besides myself reads my Gratitude Journal, it is a veritable cacophony of questionable thoughts.

And yet, the thoughts cheer me up.

Just in case any of you is as positively strange as myself, I thought I’d pass on some of my recent notes from the past few weeks in hopes that it brightens your day as it brightened mine.

Just me and my husband.
Just me and my husband.

The Last 20 Entries in the Gratitude Journal

  1. I am thankful boys can’t pee out of their fingers.
  2. I am thankful President Clinton was not a Klingon.
  3. I am thankful to have a husband who draws us like we see ourselves.
  4. I am thankful posies look like grumpy old men.
  5. I am thankful Crate & Barrel still sends me catalogs even though I haven’t bought anything there in years.
  6. I am thankful the color orange does not actually smell like orange.
  7. I am thankful the elevator does not have a self-destruct button.
  8. I am thankful cats do not have opposable thumbs.
  9. I am thankful the French did not invent pasta.
  10. I am thankful I’ve never found a dead body.
  11. I am thankful that when you blow kisses, they aren’t projected towards people as high velocity bursts of air and wetness.
  12. I am thankful that the internet is not visible.
  13. I am thankful that humans aren’t able to volunteer to go to Mars yet. I would miss my family.
  14. I am thankful my mother hasn’t changed her email signature in over 15 years.
  15. I am thankful my blog name doesn’t accidentally spell any lewd words.
  16. I am thankful for the woman who uses lipstick to persistently draw smiley faces on the mirrors of my favorite bookstore.
  17. I am thankful that there’s always pistachio insides in pistachios, and never fungus.
  18. I am thankful to work for a man who can be mesmerized by the properties of plastic.
  19. I am thankful that my eyeballs are not (easily) removable.
  20. I am thankful that dogs don’t have hooves.

So– what are you thankful for?

121 comments

  1. Your first gratitude item made me laugh. I have two sons. Enough said 🙂

    My gratitude list is not nearly as entertaining as yours. Right now, I’m thankful I found a quarter in the dryer (two more, and I can get some Oreos from the vending machine at work.)

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    1. Found-quarters are nothin’ to scoff at! 😀 They pretty much make my husband’s whole day, but he’s a quarter-machine nut. 🙂

      Re: the first item– I think anyone who’s ever met a little boy will get that one, haha! 😀

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  2. Actually, no. 13 has happened. People are already applying! Last I heard there were 78,000 applicants.

    Also, fungus inside pistachios would be icky. And sad. 😦

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    1. I guess I meant to say that I’m glad that they’re not sending people to Mars yet, haha, since I know my family would be itching to go and probably qualify to be sent.

      Yep on the pistachios, especially since they’re all green and dusty anyway. That’s why we must be grateful that the opposite is true. 😀

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    1. Haha!! Well, most was just ordinary life. I hit the wrong button the elevator, and Dave said, “Ahhh! You hit the wrong button!” and then laughed because it was an overreaction. I told him it would have been exactly the right reaction if there was a self-destruct button on there, but there’s not. See? 🙂 Just ordinary things! 😀

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  3. 10, 19 and 20 for me and what am I thankful for? So many things – still breathing the next morning, being able to write and have lovely followers, having my parents still with me and …..knowing you 🙂 xxx

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  4. Number eight is a big one for me. One can only imagine…

    And I have actually found two dead bodies in the course of my work, one in an apartment, and one in the trunk of a car, but in both cases I had warning that they would likely be there. (Doing locksmithing work for the Tucson PD).

    I am grateful for beer. “Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s ways to man” as A. E. Houseman said.

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    1. Oh my gosh, I don’t think I could do that. I’m so squeamish around blood/smells/etc. If there’s an emergency in progress, I can overcome it… but if my job was to unlock a door where I knew there was a dead body inside… nope. *shudders* You’re tough! It must be all that beer. 😉

      And yes, can you imagine? The world would be destroyed by cats in days if they could their paws like hands!

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  5. I’m thankful to have friends who understand that “Vardan doesn’t give a crap!” is a very happy exclamation and will just smile at me as I go on a rampage looking for a post it note to record my revelation on. That’s what I would put in my gratitude journal, anyway. The public might understand it better if I simply said: I’m thankful to have friends who are also writers.

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  6. I am thankful this is the first thing I read this morning! You are a hoot and I am sure in 15 days you will be thankful you don’t have Klingon neighbors.

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  7. Number one! Yes. yes. very Thankful!! Thanks for making me giggle, wonderful list 😀

    I know you have the strength to go through the coming days. Real big hug and an even bigger RAWR!! 🙂 🙂

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  8. I have been where you are before and remember the stress all too well. Sending mojo that something comes through ASAP.

    I’m thankful for blogosphere friends.

    I am thankful for Old Navy pajamas since they fit me and are cute. And cheap.

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    1. Hurrah for pajamas that fit and blogosphere friends! Two things that can be enjoyed together. Unless you blog naked and then that’s a whole different topic… 🙂

      Thanks for the mojo!!

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      1. It’s like that water trick clowns do with the flowers. Except I’d incorporate it with a “pull my finger” and then BAM! all over your new threads!

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  9. I think your gratitude list is brilliant really. I hope everything gets settled for you guys Rara. I’ll picture you in a new place, surrounded by your stuff, cracking open a cigar, looking at Face and B.A. and saying, “I love it when a plan comes together!”

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  10. I am thankful I am able to sit at my desk at 9:30 AM with a piping hot, fresh coffee and giggle through your gratitudes 🙂 Good luck with your move, these things have a tendency to work out for positive thankers!

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  11. I’m thankful that people round here can get their own breakfast and I can catch up with my friends. Morning Rara, take care and have a happily houehuntingly productive day. 🙂

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  12. Best Gratitude list, EVER. You are such a joy-bringer, Rara.
    I’m scouring my brain to figure out how to find you a place to live. I have a cousin in La Habra, but he’s not close enough to ask for a spare room. My friend’s parents live in Newport, but I haven’t talked to him in over 8 years. Is it a money issue? We could start a fund. We could have a show. I can throw ninja stars. Please let us help you. The least I can do is {{{hug}} you. Love, Kozo

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    1. Haha, thanks, Kozo. I love your gratitude lists because they always seem so grounded and “present”.

      It’s less about money and more about circumstance. We can’t do a lease on our own, and no one seems to want to move in with a couple or two cats. We’re awesome roommates, but that doesn’t really matter to most. Of course, with a ton more money, more options open up, but I think it really comes down to not having found the right person yet. I’m hoping if I put it out there in the universe, something magical will happen. I’m just trying to stay positive because sometimes the stress from previous experiences leaks in… and that ruins the whole process! Thank you for wanting to help though, I really appreciate it more than I can say. 🙂

      Still though, now I want to do a show where there’s ninja stars being thrown! 😀

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  13. Adding my energy to your search for the perfect new home in record time. Being purposely positively positive for you! You will not be homeless, and there’s a silver lining in this situation 🙂
    I’m grateful for . . . . . . .Life! and for our embryonic book.
    (((((Hugs)))))
    Alison

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    1. Thank you, Alison! 😀 I didn’t know about the living situation when I posted the “Silver Lining” prompt, and now I’m so glad I did– they’re all so positive. 😀 I’m grateful for you! Thank you for sharing your gratitudes! *hugs*

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  14. Don’t go for the perfect answer. Find a place to land, then reconnoitre. All will be well, just not instantly. Breathe. Answers will come. Think landing pad, not “rest of my life!”.

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  15. I am thankful I never saw a worm under the skin of a lychee nut. I was warned it cold happen before I peeled my very first one.
    Thanks for the great list Rara!

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    1. Oooh, *shudders* Unfortunately, living on a farm, I saw all sorts of worms and bugs eek their way out of fruits and veggies. That’s a wonderful thing to be grateful for! 😀 Thanks!!

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    1. We totally would be. They run over feet all the time and already leave tracks and mayhem… I can’t imagine the damage they’d do with hooves! 🙂 Thanks for your wishes!!

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  16. Cats are dangerous enough WITHOUT the thumbs.

    Also, I swear, I understand your stress, having been where you are (and while pregnant!) and it sucks ass! I feel for you! Keep your chin up. 😀

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  17. I keep a gratitude journal too, and I’m sure everyone else would find most of it ridiculous! But as you said, the important thing is, it cheered you up! I hope your living situation resolves itself ASAP. P.S. I’m thankful for your blog! ; )

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    1. I am thankful for your blogs as well! 😀 Yes, the key with gratitude journals is about recording our moments of genuine thanks, not other people’s… so I suppose it makes sense that it only makes sense to me, haha! 😀 Thank you for your kind wishes!

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  18. As you know, just went through this! Ad to suddenly move from our house into an apartment within 2 weeks and physically couldn’t help, so wonderful hubby did all the legwork! God Bless Him! I will pray the right place opens quickly! It’s exhausting, at least you can help hubby move! No guilt there. 🙂

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    1. Ah Wyndy, yes, I remember.. and you came through wonderfully so I hope we will too! 🙂 Yep, I can help Dave move, so I consider that a blessing, too! Now it’s just a matter of finding a place to move to! 😀

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  19. I’m smiling at your gratitude list 🙂
    I have a nice list too. Today I will share that I’m thankful for fun family gatherings. I will be attending a fun family celebration tonight!

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  20. I am thankful that my husband still thinks I’m beautiful after 20 years together. He doesn’t seem to see my cellulite, wrinkles, or aging skin. And come to think of it, I don’t see his, either. 😉

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  21. Um – not to rain on your parade, but you CAN volunteer to go to Mars. One way only. Something like 85,000 people have already signed up.
    And if you include the node “WordPress” in your blog title, you CAN come up with some rude words. If you try. (And I’m VERY trying.)
    How about being thankful for thunder? Seriously – it lets me see my girlfriend! She’s a gorgeous blonde with deep brown eyes and a slender nose. I love storms now, ’cause I get to see my Tasha, and we get to spend some time together, snuggling. And I don’t mind that other people think she’s a real dog.
    (Did I mention that Tasha IS a dog, that lives up over the hill behind our house and runs to OUR front porch for comfort when she’s out on her lead and it thunders? If I’d done even a TENTH as well with human females that I do with canine ones, Hugh Hefner would’ve asked ME for advice! 😀 )
    Seriously, good luck with your search. If you ever want to get away from civilisation, you’re more than welcome to visit. As long as you can put up with a big cowardly Mastiff and 8 REALLY annoying cats. And the worst of all – me. 😉 )

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    1. I guess I meant to say that I’m glad that they’re not sending people to Mars yet, haha, since I know my family would be itching to go and probably qualify to be sent.

      Awww, I love your thunder story! Tasha is a fabulous name for a doggy, too. 😀 Now I am thankful for thunder, as well. Thank you, John, for adding to my list– and thank you for the good wishes, and the kind offer! 🙂

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  22. I am also thankful that my eyes are not easily removable …. I’d never thought of being thankful of that before 🙂

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  23. i love your gratitude list ^^ pistachio insides in pistachios, something to be thankful for.
    i’m thankful that i get to follow this blog and read your posts. your optimism is infectious 🙂

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  24. Two weeks before finding the place where we now live ( for the past 11 years), I made a list of all the things I wanted to have, the price I wanted it to be at and the date I need it by…I kept looking at this list 5 mins morning and night pretending I already had found it…Low and behold we found our home within 3 days of being roofless…True story.

    Sending you positive energy.

    I am thankful for rarasaurs being alive and well in blogland 🙂

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    1. Thank you for that uplifting story, Anyes! I follow very similar practices for the things I want, and I’m trying to do the same with the apartment and not let floating reminders of homelessness sneak in. Thank you for your positive energy! 😀 I am so very thankful for you, and your wisdom! 🙂

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    1. 😀 It’s funny how we always critique ourselves. I look back at my list and think it should have been more serious… haha, I guess as long as we’re grateful, we should be grateful! 😀

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    1. Not yet, but we’re working on it. I at least have a working plan of action, so that’s something. 🙂 Thank you for reading and for your good wishes!!

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