Jumping back in after a bit of a lull to a blog prompt inspired by my friend Katja with Skimbaco, called Live a Little. I adore the simplicity of hopping around blogs to see what others are writing about in which they feel capture the spirit of carpe diem. I find new blogs, make new friends and gain great ideas or affirm some of my own.
Meeting deadlines, stressing about money issues, breaking up arguments among our children, cleaning our house, our closet, our car and our garage, driving in traffic – GAH! Those tackled one at a time can get the best of any one. Trying to do them all together, every day can take us down. We can’t ignore our tasks of everyday life. But we can sprinkle a bit of the unexpected in the midst of our routine.
That’s what I try to do as often as possible. Change it up. Ease up the blood pressure rising in simple, little ways to remind us we’re all human. We carry our own burdens. But we can do so with a bit of flair. It doesn’t take all that much to break out of the ho-hum. Make others smile. Make ourselves smile.
Case in point. I like to put on a vibrant shade of lipstick and kiss the backs of envelopes before I mail them. Not all to my husband. Sometimes to friends. My kids. Even when paying a bill. I’ve done this to a draft of something I’ve written for work in which others will need to review. Or I’ve drawn a silly little person waving, something unexpected. It’s a draft. Chill. Hoping maybe they’ll notice. Smile. Think, “wow, someone’s in a good mood.”
I’ve also sprayed the paper or an envelope I’m about to mail with a bit of my perfume. Go ahead, let that person who doesn’t have their turn signal on take the close parking spot. Motion them to take it. Or tell the person with more in their cart, but who looks more rushed than you, to step ahead of you in the grocery line. Maybe they’ve got fussy kids and you’re there alone. Let them be on their way. When you’re clipping coupons, those you don’t need because you don’t have babies, pets, or know you won’t get to that restaurant because you DO have kids. Clip them anyway and give them to a neighbor, a friend who can use them. Look at their face. That look, it’s unexpected.
Say yes to something your kids ask you over and over and they know the answer will be no. I did this last night. It was a win-win for all.
What is the last unexpected thing you did? What was the reaction, either from you or someone else? I’d love more ideas. Go on now, Live a Little.