Occasionally, here at Shiny Bits of Life World Headquarters, we must deal with things that aren’t very shiny.
Sometimes things just happen that cause a loss of time, energy, money and/or relationships.
A very small pain hit my car the other day. (Do cars feel pain?)
I had taken the car for some brake work to a local repair shop. When I came to pick it up, there were tar-like splotches across the hood and roof. A flock of birds had perched on the tree above my car and left their mark.
It took me about an hour of hard scrubbing to remove the birds’ artwork.
Why? What was the purpose of that event?
I will never know.
My pain – or my car’s pain – is so minor compared to what many people face. But here are a few responses that helped me.
- I was thankful that it was such a minor incident. One hour of scrubbing is a small drop in the pond of my life.
- I was thankful that I have a car that could receive the birds’ offerings.
- Letting my negative feelings toward the unseen flock of birds pass through my mind as quickly as possible minimized my pain.
Here’s a rhetorical question (since few people comment on blogs anymore)… what have you found that has helped you deal with bad stuff that just happens?
Glucosamine is a health supplement that supposedly helps with range of motion and joint pain. So I’ve used it for years.
The problem is that it’s expensive. So I usually wait for BOGO deals (buy one, get one free).
I recently got that deal with two bottles of Osteo Bi-Flex.
After I got home, I discovered that both bottles were less than half full! So I combined them and still had room left in the bottle.
- The consumer thinks they’re getting more than they actually are.
- The product takes twice as much shelf space.
- The product takes twice as much space in a truck on its way to the store.
- The consumer pays for twice as much packaging.
- Twice as much plastic is being manufactured from crude oil.
- Twice as many bottles are likely thrown away or possibly recycled – and trucked to the dump or recycling center.
Come on, companies – wake up and stop wasting our resources!
When I was six years old, Red Ball Jets came out with the coolest sneakers ever. They were totally black except for the little red ball on the heel label.
I wanted some so bad that even though the store didn’t have my size, I was willing to get a pair that was way too big – just so that I could be cool.
That sense of cool was internal. I don’t remember any of my friends having a pair.
Many years later, I finally got my all-black sneakers.
This pair is even cooler. They are made from almost 100% recycled materials. It’s surprising how much they look like my childhood favorite shoes.
Rewards (sometimes) come to those who wait.
In 1985, James Taylor wrote a song about being a star in the music business. One part always struck me: “Perfect strangers … pay good money to hear Fire and Rain again … And again and again.”
It’s 26 years later. He has sung Fire and Rain countless times since.
I can’t imagine the pain of singing a hit song over and over. And over and over.
I guess you just numb yourself to the experience.
Two months ago, I saw one of my recent favorite bands live. A few of their songs stuck in my head since then. I played them enough times that I had to stop.
I followed their tour on Instagram. Compared to pre-Covid times, it was a short tour – about fifty performances over a few months. But they must have gotten tired of singing their songs every night. Forty years from now? I can’t imagine…
The world has moved on from Canvas.
(And I do understand that Canvas is still the appropriate backing for an oil painting.)
Huckberry is a mostly-for-men retailer that often features cool retro clothing and objects of desire, targeted at males of my age and demographic.
Rarely am I willing to pay the premium for such luxury items, but it’s fun to look and sometimes dream.
This week, Huckberry tried to sell me a $268 waxed canvas jacket. I love how the jacket changes with age to become even more desirable.
Alas, that price is not in my budget. Furthermore, Gore-Tex entered the clothing market 40-ish years ago and revolutionized outdoor clothing fabrics. A typical waterproof and breathable shell parka these days weighs about a third of what the Flint and Tender waxed canvas jacket does – and allows you to sweat less if you’re doing the required wood chopping exercises.
But there’s no Gore-Tex parka made that looks anything like a waxed canvas jacket!
The photo is courtesy of Larry George II and used under a Creative Commons license.