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Fixing A Hole

There aren’t a lot of notions stores anymore – you know, for the kind of little odds and ends you could only find at the five and dime. Since there aren’t any of those stores anymore, I had to go to Kmart this morning to pick up some hand sewing needles and thread. I have a pile of socks and mittens that need mending, and I can’t find my sewing stuff. (Common ADD insanity – we have several copies of everything because we can never find it when we need it. Ask me how many Phillips head screwdrivers I own!)

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a pleasant evening at home, watching movies and mending. I find it very satisfying to restore things to their original function.

I like fixing things in general. Since I was a kid, I liked taking things apart to see how they work.

I remember a story from Scott Peck’s “The Road Less Traveled,” in which his most annoying psychiatric patient was the last client of the day, right before a massive blizzard was supposed to hit.

A few minutes after she left the session, she returned to say that her brake pedal was stuck and she couldn’t move her car. Peck was really anxious at the thought of this woman being stuck at his house, and although until then he’d always described himself as someone with no mechanical aptitude, he decided he was going to fix her car.

He said he got down on the ground, stuck his head under the dash and took a long, careful look at the brake pedal assembly. He then started to move the various pieces – and finally got the pedal unstuck. The patient went on her way, and Peck breathed a sigh of relief.

Peck said the lesson he learned is that when people say they “can’t” do something, or that they don’t have a talent for it, what they’re really saying is, they’re unwilling to devote the time and attention to learn.

This applies to kids who “don’t know how” to do the dishes well, husbands who “aren’t good with talking to the kids, honey why don’t you do it?”, people like me who say they’re “not good at math, will someone else tell me what’s my portion of the check?”

Yes, we all have gifts and special aptitudes. But sometimes the most rewarding lessons are the ones we have to work harder to master. I’ve gotten a lot better at doing the math, and I’m proud of myself for it.

Nice

As part of my ongoing campaign to find reasons not to sink into utter despair, here’s something pretty cool. John Mayer invited a local 11-year-old on stage to play with him here in Philadelphia last week – and then gave him the guitar:

The Great Depression

I have a handful of friends who are just completely overwhelmed by the economic crash and as a result, are suffering severe anxiety and depression. (Oddly enough, thanks to those of you who pointed me toward the Vitamin D, I’m feeling much better these days.)

I just want to encourage people to cluster. Find some people who are going through the same thing (as impossible as that might seem right now). Volunteer if you can – lots of soup kitchens and food pantries these days. And if you’re still employed, make sure you stay in touch with friends who aren’t. The social isolation is the hardest thing of all.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Writer Anne LaMott says there are really only two prayers: “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This has been one of those “thank you” years.

I got a job, a real one. My dad’s stable and doing well. I have such great friends, and things look pretty good. I’m rebuilding my life from the ground up after several hard years.

And the American public is finally waking up to the true nature of the Bush administration. Hallelujah.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Posted by Susie in My So-Called Life, Higher Ground ( at 11:57 am)

Writer Anne LaMott says there are really only two prayers: “Help me, help me, help me” and “Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

This has been one of those “thank you” years.

I got a job, a real one. My dad’s stable and doing well. I have such great friends, and things look pretty good. I’m rebuilding my life from the ground up after several hard years.

And the American public is finally waking up to the true nature of the Bush administration. Hallelujah.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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