Ker-whomp!! My exceptionally spoiled and attention-demanding cat Tika-Belle has announced her presence in her not so subtle way by ensuring the law of gravity is enforced through her flopping over onto me. At 4am. And yes Skippy, it is dark outside. Thoughts of sleeping for another hour, or at least lying in bed pretty much are going into a holding pattern at this point. She is one very demanding kitty – and is quite adept at getting her attention groove on. Okay, enough of this – time to get rolling. We have an early start today at the day job, and it’s a balmy 20 degrees outside. Yep, lots of inspiration to get moving.
While contemplating what would be a good topic for this week, I received a call from my closest friends – more like my family that I never had. Every week, without fail, we yap… they both work at a major eastern university and have a daughter who just received acceptance to another eastern university within the same state. Said daughter is on Cloud-9 with the news of her acceptance to the university of her choice. When they returned home from visiting the campus, a package was awaiting her. It was a delayed Christmas present from her closest friend/sister. People say that today’s youth are so self-absorbed that they care only about their own self, and no one else. Not quite true, here. Said friend wrote a 4-page letter to a very well-known actor about her friend and how much she thought of said very well-known actor – as a person and a performer. Said very well-known actor responded graciously with a personally signed (you can see the indentations on the print from the pen, not some stamped scanned image, but a real one) picture, saying something along the lines of “wishes come true”… and sent it to her. Hmmm… that sounds like more than just a little bit of effort to do for someone, without wondering ‘what’s in it for ME?’. Look around a little bit more, and you will see today’s youth – the pre-teens to approaching 30 types are really out doing for others through church, youth groups of various persuasions, and organizations, or simply ‘because’. I watched several examples during the annual Polar Plunge where a young person would stop what he or she was doing to ‘do the right thing’ for someone else. It’s definitely a welcome change of pace from the more usual antics we see where people will do some of the rudest, dumbest, most self-centered things and not even blink in humility or consider acting more responsibly, especially during the morning and evening commute – that daily ritual of people sitting in vehicles that magically transport them from home to work while they busy themselves with putting on makeup, texting girlfriend/boyfriend for a breakfast power chat, checking stock reports and sports scores and pondering the lineage of their daily mix of sillyfrapachino with diet ice to go. Oh yeah, did someone mention DRIVING? They missed out on that part, or so they would like us to believe. Let’s get our collective mind back in the game of being safe courteous drivers… not foaming mad at the world because we’re running late due to our own lack of planning. If a teenager can plan out in advance how to make another teenager’s YEAR with a gift like that – then I think us older types might take a cue from that and tread accordingly.
Have a great week!!