Give Yourself a Present

If you ever watched the show Twin Peaks (great show, by the way), you know that Dale Cooper, Special Agent, had a penchant for enjoying the little things in life. Though dutifully fulfilling his law enforcement obligations, he understood the importance of living and thinking dynamically, not submitting to the monotonous routine many believe inescapable in today’s world.

I’m with Agent Cooper; I refuse to accept any implication that “settling into a groove” is somehow the all-encompassing proper way to live. On the contrary, I believe that to do so is to deny our own human nature. After all, we thrive on diversity; our physical existence is defined by our exposure to external stimuli. To subject oneself to the same routine, day-in and day-out, would serve only to dull our senses, and with them our sense of life.

I know, I know; it’s not as if the real world allows us the luxury of simply doing as we please ALL of the time. I understand there are certain responsibilities that must be tended to on a daily basis, certain constraints we must live within; however, it is up to us, whenever possible, to add some much-needed zest to what could otherwise be a sadly two-dimensional (depressing?) existence. Often this means taking advantage of the little things. I don’t think I could put it any better than the words of Dale himeself: “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair or…two cups of good hot black coffee. Like this.”

Man, did that guy love coffee.

2 For 2

Okay, so two politically-oriented topics in as many posts, though this one will also remain (with some effort) non-partisan. After all, it IS voting day.

I just wanted to share with you my relief at this day having finally arrived. At this point I just want it over with. I didn’t believe either one of our primary presidential candidates a gem to begin with, but after hearing them bicker playground-style for the last few (several?) months I find myself even more disappointed in our choices. Come tomorrow, no more campaign ads…it’s almost hard to imagine. While waiting to cast my ballot this morning, an older gentlemen was commenting on how this was the most heated debate he has ever known, and how both sides got so dirty that neither can claim to have clean hands. I couldn’t agree more; what a spectacular example these two have set.

One thing is for sure: I have never seen this country so divided. I can only hope that when all is said and done the “losing side” can put the election behind them and we can take positive steps into the future. Though today promises to be anything but predictable, if I had to guess I’d say G.W. by a smidgen (just thought I should get it on record). Either way, all signs point to this being one exciting election.