Questions be bangin’ on my head..but…now this!
It’s so easy to distract myself from the things I need to do, with the things I love doing. Right? Do ya feel me? Don’t you love watching and listening to this video? I mean, RIGHT?
Meanwhile, as a housesitter heading to the UK for six months TOMORROW…I still don’t know how I’m going to have a phone for the entire time I’m over there…and whether I’ll be able to hold onto my own number…and, Man! What happens to my texting and WhatsApp if I no longer have the Verizon phone number I now have? And what about my Google number? Doesn’t that also go away if I lose my Verizon number?
You see what I mean? Oy Veh!
If you have a handle on all of this, you’d be a HUGE help to me and to anyone reading this who hits the same snag-a-roonies.
BUT, the best thing is that I’ve got the Labradoodles happy at my feet…one of them is dreaming now and she’s cycling her paws like she’s running. Sweet girl!
This is Bazzy, from my housesit in NW Portland in October. Beautiful boy! Watch for fun videos with his soooo cute little brother the Scottie pupperoo, Jake
Their Human, Kimberly couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the video.
She said he would spot a phone coming out and immediately stop playing, so this is a One Time Anomaly! Lucky Me! Lucky You!!
Hello world! Heidi here…plus my love buddies, Harley The Dog & Louie and Lola The Cats in D.C., Zelda the Cat in Portland, OR. followed by Arya, Oreo, Juneybug, Riley, Parker (just some of the pets on the farm in Brush Prairie, WA and and so many more…in fact, A WHOLE bunch of other amazing BELOVED pets in my heart!
Heidi and her world, now opened to you! Housesitting Heidi, the blogger, and voice talent, the actress and the writer…and the LOVER of animals. SOOOO Much room in my heart for animals AND People!
It’s funny…you know…is there a LIMIT ON LOVE?
No. Emphatically, No. There is no limit on the amount of love in our hearts.
No limit. Imagine that. We can love EVERYONE we meet. Every animal. Every Person! and Still have room for MORE LOVE!
It’s a good thing. SUCH a good thing!
Aren’t you in love with this thing Called Love? I know I am!
It’s nearly 10pm. I’m sitting at my desk, in front of my computer, with headphones plugged into my ears, all orifices trickling, lower lip quivering. Truly. Beautiful. Acting AND Writing. Thank you
Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, remarkably, are those for whom I lay the immediate blame for my tears. And, I swear, as I write this, I am LISTENING AGAIN to the final scene, when Ali’s character, piano virtuoso, Dr. Don Shirley, demonstrates his magnificent virtuosity in front of an unsuspecting juke joint crowd in Birmingham, Alabama. Five minutes later, Viggo’s character, Tony “Lip”, as they walk out to the car, whips out his pistol and fires several shots straight into the air, sending the robbers ducked down on the other side of a nearby car, scattering.
Yes, it’s a powerful message of friendship, brotherhood, love, acceptance and, well…love. Yeah, Why Not! It’s truly a story about loving one another better! Love one another better, I could say that this is indeed the message of the movie..of the writers, of Tony Lip, of his son who was inspired by his father’s own life journey as a result of his eight week journey with this black musician…
If you haven’t seen it yet, and you’re aware that it’s up for a number of nominations for the Academy Awards and you’re wondering what the big deal is…see this movie.
But, the real reason I started writing this post…wanna know? It’s because I’m personally torn…I see this AMAZING story told about our past…our past as Americans, our past as humans, our past as a largely racially biased species…I see this movie, and for me, I see actors who have honed their craft for years, through struggles and hardship. I see writers who have also honed their own skills and their craft through all kinds of punishment, meager earnings and rejection. The life of an artist…rejection and growing a thick skin in order to attain the heights of achievement.
I see this and, being honest, the reason for the leaking of tears becomes less clear. Of course it is the story. But, it’s also my own regrets hastening those painful tears, painting them heavier than the lessons of the movie, stinging just a bit more than those caused by a simple lesson might.
Honesty bites. I hate exposing my weakness, my failures! But, maybe pushing them brutally into the glaring light of day will initiate some ferocious courage in me, like that of the good Dr. Shirley of the story, facing the racism of the South head-on, with undaunted courage. Maybe, just…!
Doubt curls its surly lip at me and I cower, but….maybe just…
Tears, stinging honest raging tears, grinding teeth, head shaking, lips pucker forward, obstinate posers.
If one is a writer, one simply writes. Isn’t that the truth? Isn’t that Aaron Sorkin? Isn’t that Nick Vallelonga? If you’re going to write, you just Do It.
I’m writing now, right? So, Write! Write! Right?
Lessons. Who the hell wanted a lesson?? I wanted to watch another of the Oscar Nominated Movies. I did. And now…I got…. A LESSON.
And actually, I have somehow twisted it into two lessons for the price of one.
Let’s start with setting the mood…the environment…the atmosphere…
So…Would you say…Are you feeling
A. Mostly Happy with your life? (if so, I’d LOVE to have you on as a guest!)
B. Mostly Satisfied with your life.
C. Somewhat Happy and Satisfied with my life.
D. Somewhat Dissatisfied with my life
E. Somewhat Unhappy with my life?
F. Demoralized and Paralyzed by my Current Life?
Yea, it’s kinda hard to put a fine point on such a personal, hard-to-rationalize, justify, clarify or define kind of question, isn’t it?
Doesn’t it often depend on the day or the time of day that someone asks you such a question?
I’d say so.
So, this podcasts visits all that…the doubts, the insecurities, the knowledge, the insights, the questions, the answers, the wonder and…
the POSITIVE LIFE-AFFIRMING ACTIVITIES
we often JUST STUMBLE ON while we consider these points.
Didn’t plan it.
Starting to plan it now.
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Cruising through saved episodes, I land on this one. The series has given me some moments…you know…moments when I tear up. I tear up, maybe because the moment is so…close to the ultimate moment you’d ever want to have in that particular situation. Or..maybe..because it clarifies a thought you’ve been wanting to have…trying to have for a LIFETIME….an they just blurt it out and POOF! There it is! Said just the way you’d imagine you’d have thought of saying it if you could be smart and prescient and hella instrumental in writing astonishing and incredibly timely material for television. Sikh guy scene
Would you be there, too?!! Right??!
I know I would!
So, AGAIN, blindsided.
Sitting here in the quiet of my room, with my cat snoring nearby…and this scene lands at my feet, as it were. Boom! Tears! Again!
This show! Tear central! Is it the same in your house?
Randall, the show’s adopted brother, unlike the bio kids in that he’s a bit on the anxious side. He’s extremely intelligent and considerate and thoughtful…but he’s an anxious child and grows up to be an anxious adult….but, he’s an adult with a lovely wife and three amazing kids.
We begin to learn – as the show winds artfully through their collective lives, (father, mother, kids from all the various perspectives, as well) that Randall had a tough time growing up ‘the adopted kid’…and when he goes shopping for a ceiling fan that’s already been hung and taken down because it doesn’t seem to work.
We know it’s either faulty or it actually works but Randall installed it wrong…but we will never know…So Randall takes it down and goes to the store to replace it…and this Sikh man is helping him. He’s on the staff at this Home Depot type store, apron etc…And when he approaches poor Randall, and asks if he can help, Randall lets loose ALL of his self-doubts at being a new dad.
Lo! At first, we’re pretty sure that the Sikh guy would do what any one of us would do in a moment with a customer when a stream of highly emotional content along with quavering voice and a look for desperation comes right at you in your nine dollars an hour apron. But, this guy is different…this Sikh guy.
After Randall’s avalanche of psychological pain and -about-to-be-a-new-father angst, the Sikh guy does NOT back away and offer to give the guy his space. Nope! Not this hometown Home Depot superhero. Nope. This guy steps up in all his wonderfully full-bearded heroism and directly faces Randall’s fear and starts sharing with him his knowledge from having raised FIVE kids.
I began, immediately upon knowing what this Sikh guy was about to do, to weep. This show! I swear to god! This show takes what we always wanted to be and what we always hoped and prayed we were as humans and turns it around and says, “This IS what we are! And don’t you forget it!”
Dammit! I CRY every time I watch this show for THAT VERY REASON.
This show shows us what we CAN be. This show says “THIS….THIS….this is us!” …not all the other stuff…not STUFF..Not accomplishment…not careers…not possessions, not money…THIS is US…we are about sincere, honest caring for our fellow human beings.
This show rocks my world. And it shows me just how much we can rock the world, each and every one of us…once we FINALLY REALIZE that THAT is what matters.
WHOOSH! “This is Us” Awesome show!
Next time, when you’re walking through a store and you wonder, even for a second, if someone in that store would really just open their heart and ‘get you’ in a moment…this show says, and this moment in the show, in particular, says it does… and we have to listen because the writers ARE humans just like us and their creation of this moment is pure evidence that this kind of thing LIVES in the LIVES of ALL of us!
This is US.
Mom…she was….was?…I have to stop there…she is no longer inhabiting her physical body…but for the last 7 years of her life she wasn’t inhabiting her body in the ways we had come to know her…but we never used the past tense then…so, now that she is more present in my life than she has seemed over the last 7 years…using the past tense seems like a betrayal to her powerful presence. She Is one with her sheer force again. Now. Her body and mind had betrayed her power – her spirit – as they aged. So I WILL NOT use the past tense.
Nell, though no longer a physical presence in my life fills a new role.
As I come to more thoroughly understand that role, I will come back here to share it with you…so maybe it could help y ou when someone you love transitions from the physical.
You• You’re planting that garden…the one you will be able to walk through and gather your joy…the one that will be your restorative place.
Grow it well. Tend it like your best and all-time favorite pair of shoes…you keep them clean and you always put them where you know EXACTLY where they are at any time so you know exactly where to find them.
You find them and put them on even when you’re not going out – just to feel good.
Your happiness garden is like that. In fact, those shoes – and all the things you’ve always done and saved and stored away because having them and referring to them and returning to them makes you feel Good.
That is growing the resources that make up your happiness garden. And believe it or not, you actually do have a green thumb! A happiness green thumb, that is.
Now you can be conscious of it and contribute to it knowing that’s what you’re doing.
And as you stand now in your life, or as we call it, your Happiness Garden, try this •JoyMeUp Moment•~~~~
Notice your state. Notice if you feel sad or blue, notice If you feel light or heavy…just lightly notice it and now …. take a deep breath. Feed your body some fresh oxygen. Notice how good a conscious breath feels. And –
Now – slowly – with conscious thought –
And now • notice how GOOD it feels • for your WHOLE BODY. •
Brilliant You! Pooling these resources that COUNT!
Just the phrase alone, “The Holidays are upon us.”…doesn’t it summon the phrase, “monkey on my back”? or straight out of some horror or scary sci-fi thriller, right? “…the monster was almost upon us”
So, we move into this season which is (supposedly) one that is meant to bring us together and cause warm and toasty feelings of love for our fellow man, right? ..and we talk about it being “upon us” like it’s a green, bad breath dragon about to pounce on us and devour our young. Right?
What madness is this?
How foolish are we, you know? Not watching our words…all of us! Are we just doing this because we LOVE the drama that doing it brings?
Or are we just acting like we don’t KNOW this is what we summon when we speak in nervousness about the coming holiday season. We dread it. Or at least that’s the language…and it could, nay COULD! have a LOT to do with how much we have decided to make this a season of materialism and spending. Couldn’t it?
What would happen to your next year’s Christmas if you made vows together NOT to spend more than…and You decide on your limit. Seems like spending a max of $200 per person would be do able…no? Or better yet, spending $200 total? Is that at all possible in the realm of madness? Sure it is! You BET it is!
It WOULD mean that you’d have to consider carefully each present you buy. It would mean you’d have to really apply yourself to the whole of the season and not just the commercialism of it.
What do you think? Think it’s something that might make your holidays more enjoyable next year?
Well, you have a year to think about it.
Meanwhile, why not try vizualizing it – FEEL it out. Breathe it in. And, if you’re ready to…please click here follow the Life’s Brilliance blog and get (maybe) perky, (maybe) upbeat blog posts to nudge you along the way in building those happiness habits you’re here to start building upon.
And next year, as we get closer to the holidays, if I haven’t done it yet, remind me and we’ll see if we can start a Reductionist Holiday Season! Yeah?
Love and Laughter,