Hi guys. I’m back. Believe it or not, the absence was not planned or correlated with the election. I actually had a blog issue on the backend that I was working through. It seems to be an ongoing issue, so I am trying to work through all the fun of backend coding, which is certainly not my forte. Teach a man to fish, right?
The last week has been all over the place – with Phil and Mitch under the weather, a few extra days off and of course the election results – so, I am focused on the coming weeks and letting this one go with the wind. We certainly had a lot of highlights in the midst!
Monday ended up being a free day off for me since we canceled our trip to Chicago. I debated heading into work but ultimately decided to relax and attempt to disconnect for a few hours. I spent the day running errands that inevitably are pushed to the back-burner for one reason or another. I ended up at Nordstrom for some holiday shopping and started to hear my stomach grumble as the afternoon pushed on.
Fortunately, the cafe was nearby so I swung in for a quick bite. I really enjoy the cafe and their offerings: their food is always fresh and healthy with great flavor combos.
I spent 15 minutes sitting in complete quite. No phone. No company. No distractions. I sat and let my mind relax, enjoyed my food and decompressed. It was one of the most relaxing moments I can remember in quite some time.
After a successful few hours power shopping and starting on my holiday gifts (what! I’m always a last minute shopper) I headed off to watch Mitch play soccer. He was able to participate in a small group through his school for an eight-week program. As you can image, the soccer term was used loosely as the kids spent the 30 minutes running, laughing and kicking the ball into a net. It was nothing shy of hilarious and the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
He was quite proud of his medal and wore it around the remainder of the day.
Tuesday was filled with appointments to take care of all of those pesky meetings that are always pushed off. Phil and I treated ourselves to a day date lunch at a new-to-us place, Commonwealth. The menu was filled with fresh, local, organic salads, sandwiches and meals. The vibe was really laid back, calm and positive, which was the perfect backdrop to the delicious meal.
I like to keep this space positive, uplifting and real. However, the topic of politics is a touchy one, even more so this week. But I stumbled upon an article that did a great job capturing my thoughts:
This election cycle has been a circus. It’s been so difficult to watch the candidates battle each other but even more painful to watch our country become so divided.
Our society is full of disconnection, fear and separation and it only seems to get worse every day. We’ve traded in face-to-face contact for emailing and texts. We escape into reality TV instead of feeling the reality of our own lives. We scroll through social media quietly comparing and (sometimes not so quietly) judging. We’ve let the anonymity of the Internet rob us of basic human respect for others. I’ve watched complete strangers rip each other apart on social media in ways that are appalling no matter your political stance.
A useful litmus test for me is, “If this person was sitting directly in front of me, would I say this (or honestly even think it!)?” I find it difficult to believe that so many of the hurtful statements we’re hurling around at each other are things we’d say in direct communication.
While I can’t control what happens in Washington, I can control what happens in my own heart. Today I make the conscious choice to continue live from a place of love, compassion and kindness. I have written about this in the past but I truly believe it’s the only way we can keep moving forward.
Tanner shared the following statement on Monday evening.
“Be kind to yourself and to others, and respect each other regardless of whether your beliefs may be different. It’s what makes you different that makes you valuable to this world, not what makes you the same.”
With that, I am looking to the weekend. We have a few fun activities on the books including time with grandparents and hopefully an outing or two – and of course some online shopping!
I wish you all a wonderful weekend.