Making It Look Easy

I’ve been thinking a lot this week which may or may not account for my absence in the daily post club. I prefer to think that thinking indeed was the reason. And what was I thinking? So glad you asked.
A lot of this great cerebral tickling of the grey cells centered around old family movies, Betty White and avoiding curses.

Twice now I watched Betty White’s 90th Birthday party and have been wanting to post something, but not the usual something. I wanted to avoid listing her accomplishments as they can be located, in depth, easily enough through our fav Google search engine. Lord knows the list is long. Nope there is something more. What is the key to her successes? At first I considered her primary characteristic to be resilience. you know what I mean. Her ability to endure life, the sad, the mad, the glad of it all, with grace and even joy. Then I thought it was her energy – the lady started in the business in 1939 right out of high school and when you look at every project she has had little down time doing multiples in any given year with multiple awards to reflect her efforts. Then I considered passion and she is passionate about her career, her work in animal preservation, and still active in her church.
What amazed me about her party was the sincerity of the folk present. It wasn’t one of those gatherings where people say nice things about the star and you can feel something just isn’t right. Maybe it is her lack of hoopla stardom. She has been the star, the back up support role and does it without the woohoohoo of ‘look at me’. She just is. She has talked a bit about her routine: up every morning between 6 and 6:30, shower, put on her face then on with the day.

The old family movies from the sixties and seventies also gave me pause to think a lot. Watching all who have passed, living and laughing brought warmth and comfort and stirred admiration for their accomplishments, none of which were ever broadcast, but we’re considerable in their own way.

I thought a lot about people and how we view others: the ones who make it look easy, the ones who make it look hard, and decided I want to be the former. My thoughts inspired me to start taking those walks instead of just thinking about it. My thoughts this week inspired me To Do rather than Just Be and I made some progress. The outcome of this week also made me realize that I will try posting just once a week as I expect to do more of this active thinking stuff. I may do more but will not do less.

And the curse? This too has occupied my mind. Not in receiving but in giving. I believe in The Golden Rule and Karma. To curse someone is a dangerous thing but when someone goes out of her way to hurt someone I love the desire is great, but the kick back is worse. I guess I will consider the implications for some time yet.
I hope your week was great and am off now to catch up on your wonderful blogs!!

24 thoughts on “Making It Look Easy”

  1. I loved this Chris. I love your thinking, it reminds me of Pooh and his thotful spot. I love Betty. I love your posts. I hope those who hurt your family come to the understanding and knowledge that they bring about their own curse, you won’t have to do it.

  2. I gave myself permission to do that some while ago, Chris, and it certainly did not cause my friends to disappear. Some stated how they appreciated fewer posts from people.

    For some reason, I’ve recently posted more frequently than I usually do.

    To be honest, if all of us only posted weekly, we’d free up a lot of time of our readers and fellow bloggers. Besides, contemplation brings out a richness that doesn’t exist without time’s seasoning.

    I’m listening to an anthropologist who lived with the Inuit for a few years. (CBC – Ideas) They believe that anger is for children only. So when she’d fly off the handle, they’d treat her like a child for a period of time afterwards. That meant being left out of community events that adults participate in and attend! She said it was so subtle that, at first, she didn’t realize what was going on. It took her a while to catch on. She was very embarrassed.

    So, Chris, we love having you with us. Don’t drink your own poison! πŸ˜€

    1. No I won’t drink my own poison..just not that sort of person at all..
      I have been giving a lot of thought to posting less often so that what I write I can think about rather than just jotting random thoughts and frankly my days are busy and sometimes posting is not convenient. Hopefully I will offer more quality rather than quantity.

  3. Glad to see you back because I always enjoy my visit. You make me think. You do. I find my mind a jumble of late, but see that as a wonder. I am teasing out the threads one by one, and looking at them and then acting on what I learn. I, personally, take each day as a world entire unto itself. I am determined to make each of my days a best in any and every way I can, even in the small things.

  4. Golden Girls cracked me up and that was the best part, when I first started watching it, I did not think much of it and after three shows I died laughing. The oldies are the best.
    I love Lucy, Dick van Dyke, and my all time favorite is Andy Griffith sister got me a boxed set for Christmas something I wanted for ten years, I even cried.

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