So, I’m trying to be more positive. One reason for this is a passage I read in Seeking Wisdom, a book that I’m enjoying very much. This is on page 10:
And it’s just more fun to go through life with a great attitude. However, it isn’t easy. My genetic programming combined with insecurity makes me a worrier. I’m also not a happy person by default.
One way I’m trying to overcome my melancholy is by focusing on good things. It’s a struggle, but knowing that I’m going to write a post where I highlight some positive stuff forces me to be mindful. I won’t write a post like this every week, but I’m going to try for at least two per month.
Our youngest daughter just learned about tornados in school. She is now absolutely terrified that one will show up and take our house away. Recent questions include:
- Daughter: Dad, where do we go if a tornado comes?
- Me: Under the stairs. It is 100% tornado proof.
- Daughter: Dad, how many tornados are there in Colorado?
- Me: None. They don’t like the mountains, so they stay in flat places like Nebraska and Kansas.
Sidenote: There was a tornado in our town not more than two years ago. It didn’t touch down, but still…
- Daughter: Dad, what happens if a tornado sucks you up?
- Me: It just takes you for a little ride. Before the tornado goes home, it sets you down somewhere else and you have to walk home or get a ride back from a friend. Wouldn’t it be fun if the tornado set you down in front of the frozen yogurt place?
I’m probably not going to win Father of the Year for these blatant lies. However, the truth results in excessive crying and trauma which culminates in 2am visits to our bedroom:
MOM! DAD!! I THINK THERE IS A TORNADO OUTSIDE MY WINDOW!!!
I need my sleep, so I lie.
14,000 Things to Be Happy About
Despite our best efforts, daughter is still completely and insanely terrified. Any time we go for a walk and there is wind, she cries hysterically. This happened on Wednesday:
Mrs. 1500 and I tried to comfort her, but the situation was too funny not to laugh about (when she wasn’t paying attention):
Giving it Away
I don’t believe in inherited wealth. From what I’ve read and seen, coming into a large sum of money doesn’t do most people any good. I can’t think of a person in my own life that has inherited money and hasn’t blown it all in a couple of years. The solution is to give it away. I’m not secure enough in my finances to do anything except $50 here and there, but I look forward to the day when I can put large amounts to good use. I really like what Physician on Fire did, giving away $100,000. Nice one PoF!
Before I bought my first home, I didn’t know how to do anything with my hands. I’ve since taught myself enough that I could probably build a home by myself. It’s really not that hard.
I really enjoy helping others with their projects. It’s fun to turn an ugly space into something beautiful. I recently helped a friend in Fort Collins build a custom shower:
We built something that would have cost thousands in labor for just the cost of materials (And beer. Oh yes, I work for beer.). It’s wonderful to help others like this.
What great stuff has happened to you lately? How do you stay mindful? Are you terrified of tornados?
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