Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Been a Tough Week

I had a blog ready for today, I truly did. But it's been a stressful week and I must admit, I was having a hard time focusing. 

To tell you the truth, I have written this blog about ten times, telling you about the things that happened this week and how they affected me, but it comes across as complaining so I deleted it.  Suffice it to say, I am learning to turn the other cheek.  It's harder than it sounds sometimes.

I did have a funny experience at the post office today, though. I was standing in line (and it was a very long line) filled with people of all ages. I settled in for the wait, when the guy three people in front of me turned around and started talking to the rest of us about how we should just embrace plutocracy in America. "Since we're already on the road," he says, "let's just embrace it! Let's no longer say we're a democracy, let's say, hey, we're a plutocracy and be proud of it."

When no one said anything, but just stared at him, he turned around to talk to the people in front of him and got about the same reaction. When it was his turn at the counter, he tried to recruit the postal worker into embracing plutocracy, but he just smiled and said, "thanks for coming in, sir." Since the guy didn't get any recruits, he left, looking a little dejected.

Part of me wonders what the guy would have done if one of us had dropped our packages and said, "YES! *I* embrace plutocracy! I'm so glad I came to the post office today!" But you know what? It did make the wait feel shorter and it was definitely interesting. Maybe I'll have to put that in a book sometime.

So, after a difficult week, I think I'm going to try to focus on the happy things in my life and get some perspective.  Maybe I need to be like the plutocracy guy---start advocating something (not plutocracy, of course) but something good. Like looking for joy in small moments or something like that. What do you think?

How do you get past a tough week?


Jon Spell said...

It's hard to embrace plutocracy when you're in the middle class. ;) Can you imagine letting the train-wreck celebrities decide national policy and federal spending? Comic gold mine, though. "And now, a word from the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Norris..."

In your scenario, it makes me think of this:

although I'm more likely to have one of those mental scenarios when I'm at an event with a lot of people there.

Sorry you've been having a bad week, though. I hope it gets better. =)

Debra Erfert said...

Plutocracy? I thought that was a joke, until I Googled it. Isn't that basically what The Hunger Games is about? Bad idea, all the way around. I got into a, um, a small debate with a woman, a teacher, at church today. She's very liberal, which I think is kind of weird considering what our core beliefs are. Anyway, she started on gun control, and the need for a lot more of it with all the shootings as of late. I, sweetly, set her straight that the root cause of the mass shootings were serious mental heath problems and stolen guns. I got deeper with her than what I'll bother you with here, knowing you're Canadian and may hold similar views. If I had a few more minutes, and not been in church, I might've been able to get her to see a little bit of light about the right for us to bear arms, especially with the way our government is spying on us--against the Constitution! *deep breath*

I hope this next coming week is better for you.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Thanks, Jon and Debra. I'm so lucky to have friends like you! :)