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Counting Your Blessings

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My mother and sister came out to the city for their annual Christmas-time visit.  We had breakfast and then walked around Times Square a bit.  Toys-R-Us made it on our itinerary.  My mother wanted to ride the ferris wheel.  There we were, three grown adults waiting to get on the ride.  I wanted to get the Scooby-Doo Mystery Van to ride in.   My sister quipped that she hoped we’d get the My Little Pony car.  We lucked out with Monopoly: something gender neutral.  The ride was actually a nice time.   My mother never rode on rides with us as children.  She never cared for them.

Just before riding the ferris wheel we saw the Broadway musical Irving Berlin’s White ChristmasI had suggested they see a show at the theatre where I’ve been ushering.  But my mother wanted to see a holiday show. Typically in years past we saw the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, partly because it’s a decent show but mostly because it was very close to the office of my former law firm.  After  two years in a row we tired of it, however.  Last year we saw the Chinese New Year show instead—after the holidays, of course.  But this year the only holiday show we knew of was White Christmas. Keep reading . . .

Giving Thanks

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My mother, sister, and I are all watching “Only the Lonely.”  I referenced that movie in Never Been Further Apart because the scene where the son, played by John Candy, is arguing with his mother Rose, played by Maureen O’Hara, left an impression on me.  It finally made it’s way up the Netflix queue and I decided to bring it home with me for the holiday.  That scene still affects me, and even the entire film itself somewhat, because it speaks volumes to all the different ways people live with loneliness.  Even though we’re rarely alone. Keep reading . . .

The Powerful Process of Gratitude

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Between interviews with temporary attorney staffing agencies today, I took time in the afternoon to read a bit more of the The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.  I’ve been reading a bit each night before bed in an effort to finish the book.  This afternoon I got as far as the first few pages of the chapter titled “Powerful Processes” before I got too antsy and had to leave.  Perhaps because I was reading the book on my iPhone in a Barnes & Noble cafe on Fifth Avenue.  The first process the book discusses is the power of gratitude.  This morning I had a brush with gratitude as I awoke.  Unemployment benefits did not come through today as they should have.  Luckily, I received a donation of fifty dollars.  My second donation and it came from the same person as before.  I owe him much, particularly today, because without that donation, I wouldn’t have been able to pick up my suits from the dry cleaner.  I would have had to wear something nice, but clearly not appropriate for an interview.  Explanations and apologies may have helped, but they wouldn’t have erased first impressions left by me arriving in cargo pants.  So, I thought I’d take the opportunity to note my gratitude to my benefactor, if you will, as well as in general. Keep reading . . .