A week or so ago, I stopped by Barnes and Noble to buy a gift for a colleague and friend who is a captive in HealthSouth Rehabilitation Center while she recuperates from injuries suffered in a terrible auto accident CAUSED BY A DISTRACTED DRIVER. (Renae, are you paying attention?)
Anyway, while browsing I found a journal of sorts that invites participants to record their way to finding their best selves – over a two-year period. (Sorry, but after all this time spent looking for that elusive person, I want it to happen NOW, not in 24 more months. I am running out of time!)
If you opened this thick hardbound book, you would find the same 6 questions, recorded in two different columns on each page. The idea is that you answer the questions in one column over the course of a year, and then write reflections about the same subjects in the second column the following year; hoping, I guess, that your responses will show growth.
A different set of questions are interjected quarterly – I can’t remember what those queries were, but here are the main six probes, along with my responses for Friday, May 14, 2010.
- What did I do today?
- Ventured off to work
- lost my wallet
- searched the car for my wallet
- searched Barnes & Noble, my office, and parking lot for my wallet
- found my wallet waiting for me at the receptionist’s desk because some wonderful, honest citizen discovered it on the pavement and turned it in, COMPLETE with my nearly-expired license, credit cards, discount cards, and $5 freakin’ dollars
- What did I feel today?
- like it’s time for someone to commit me to the care of an asylum for the incurably LOST – as in LOST phoneS, LOST glasses, LOST mind, LOST sanity!
- What was I grateful for today?
- The wonderful, honest, kind stranger who took pity on a lonely and shabby gray wallet with a dozen rectangles of plastic crammed into the front pocket – along with a McDonald’s receipt and that FIVE DOLLAR BILL
- and this cool picture I took of a goose, who recently returned from southern somewhere. I actually snapped it a couple of weeks ago outside of SOUTH Towne Mall – yes, the mall; he was obviously waiting with the goslings while his wife shopped inside. Welcome back, Gander!
- What was my biggest challenge?
- 3 guesses!
- How will I overcome it?
- Other than the COMMIT RENAE idea, I have NO clue what to do with my OBLIVIOUSNESS. Any ideas? Please come forth!
- What did I savor?
- The pepperoni and mozzarella on adagio cheese pretzel celebration-of-finding-my-wallet sandwich! VERY satisfying AND soothing!
Now if I answer these questions EVERYDAY for 2 years, would I see progress towards becoming my best self, OR will it be a CRAZY, DIZZYING decent into TOTAL – versus partial – OBLIVION?????
(Want to get caught up on “what I read today?” Go HERE and scroll down to the May 14th section of the page. This book is so intriguing. I love the characters, especially the mom, and Roth’s chilly re-creation of history is fascinating. I think he really lived through this experience in an alternate universe!)