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March 1st, 2005


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12:45 pm - A good day....
One of my friends, vertigozooropa, said that a good day is one that starts out crappy and can only get better. I'm sitting at work half-way through this fine Tuesday, hoping he's right, and that this will actually be one of those "good days".

I got ready for work this morning, only to go out and have my car (Remus--yes, I name my cars, and yes, you can mock me if you wish for naming him after Prof. Lupin) absolutely refuse to start. My father, who is my car guru, thinks it may be the starter. *sigh* So I had to figure out the bus system in order to get to work, and was roughly an hour late (thank the Lord it wasn't later).

Oddly, I wasn't depressed, it felt like an adventure...and after all, with such a start surely the day can only get better.

After a morning of filing various and sundry papers in my office, and getting several nasty paper cuts in the process, I'm not so sure. My coworker and I joke about how delinquint our company is not to give us hazard pay...these files are arranged in a way that guarantees at least one slice per day, no matter how careful you are. Ow.

It's lunchtime now, but I just want to go somewhere and take a nap.

Ah well. Such is life, right? I live in earthquake country. It could be so much worse.
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From:kimberleym
Date:March 1st, 2005 10:32 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry sweetie. Yes it could be a whole lot worse.

Papercuts are nasty though, that's not cool at all. I'm sure Remus will be okay. Maybe it's a moon thing? :)

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From:izhilzha
Date:March 3rd, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)
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LOL! If it had coincided with full moon, I would have laughed myself sick. :-D
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 1st, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I got ready for work this morning, only to go out and have my car (Remus--yes, I name my cars, and yes, you can mock me if you wish for naming him after Prof. Lupin) absolutely refuse to start.

Ha! I was wondering if I was the only one I know who has named their car.

Shame about the car, though. Think it might be the cold? Er, no...

I guess if it happened out of the blue, made no turning-over motions whatsoever, and the battery still has juice (radio, lights work, etc), then it's most likely the starter. I'm no car expert, but I'm well-versed on the causes of a car failing to start, out of experience. :-)

Ah well. Such is life, right? I live in earthquake country. It could be so much worse.

Too right, but it's the things you don't expect that getcha most often. I was amazed in this last series of storms to hear about actual tornadoes touching down not far away. There's no place like CA.

Oh, BTW, a copperish Escort named Jeff.

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:March 3rd, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Ha! I was wondering if I was the only one I know who has named their car.

Of course you're not. Though, to be fair, not everyone who names their car will admit to doing it. :-)

Too right, but it's the things you don't expect that getcha most often. I was amazed in this last series of storms to hear about actual tornadoes touching down not far away. There's no place like CA.

Weird, huh? My roomies and I keep saying that this weather must be the beginning of the apocalypse (every time it rains, somebody mentions Day After Tomorrow, or starts singing "It's the end of the world as we know it....").

*waves to Jeff*
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From:vertigozooropa
Date:March 2nd, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)

if only Nietzsche were alive to explain his messes...

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I fear I may have been misquoted.

This is what I actually wrote:

"Good days start out crappy, and then get better.

I'm lying, you know.

It's a false distinction, good days and bad days. It's all about perception, and the ability to handle different types of stresses. When you get overwhelmed, you imagine you're having a bad day. When you feel good, you pretend that means you're having a good day."


The secret to having a really good day is giving up before you start. I honestly think most of us can't handle our lives on our own. God, on the other hand, can take lemons and make lemon cheesecake. Lots of it.

Living your own life is like the myth of Sisyphus (without Albert Camus). We'll spend our days pushing a rock up a hill, when we know from experience the rock won't stay there. God wants us to do something less futile, like listen. Listening to him is far more productive than "accomplishing," or whatever it is we humans think we're doing.

If I had an ounce of sense, I'd pray every morning, give my day to God, read the Bible more, think through my anxieties, learn to trust God, etc., etc., etc.. Instead, I seem to expect God to fix me, so that I can go off on my own and be my own person. I have a spiritual awakening, and when that wears off, I feel adequate to return to my daily life. Why don't I give it over to Him again? What am I going to do with it? I've had the thing for 26 years, and I still haven't got the hang of it.

I'm a silly man, and I know it. Sometimes, the answers are clear, and instead of acting upon them, I go back to my little fantasy, where up is down, and things go my way because I want them to.

Things go my way because God wants them to. And I know I'm in the right frame of mind when stupid things happen, and my first reaction is positive, or at the very least, proactive. And it's not that hard, theoretically, to stay that way. You just have to keep your pride in check.

Easy, right? ;-)
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From:kerravonsen
Date:March 2nd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)

Re: if only Nietzsche were alive to explain his messes...

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(audience applause)

I was going to say something less profound, but touching on this...
a "bad" day gets worse when one allows the negative things to fall on top of one and squash one. And it can be very hard to not let that happen. Sometimes it can help, as izhilzha said above, to think of it as an adventure ("the adventure Aslan sent us") but adventures are still more fun to relate afterwards than be in the middle of. But still, trying to be cheerful in the face of adversity does make it easier to bear.

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