This Saturday, my husband suggested that we all go downtown to watch the Personal Memoirs), I’m always glad when I do something more adventurous.
Enthusiasm, a sense of fun, and high energy are more engaging than skill. It was more fun to watch a group in mismatched, homemade costumes bouncing around in this parade than to watch the usual uniformed group marching in perfect unison. As William Blake observed, “Exuberance is beauty.”
I’m in awe of other people’s unselfconsciousness. I don’t consider myself overly selfconscious – but to make my way down Broadway, dancing around with twenty people from my weekly dance/exercise class…well, that would be hard for me. As I watched, I remind myself of the important lesson for any creative pursuit, “No one cares about my mistakes. What’s important is to do what I want to do.”
When my children squabble, it’s more effective, and certainly less annoying, to change the subject than to try to sort things out.
I love New York City! What a spectacle, what a crazy mix of people. I will never tire of it.
* A big happiness challenge for me, and lots of other people, is coping with email. It’s an essential tool, but also a crazy treadmill burden. I was interested to read this post, Drastic inboxes call for drastic measures, over at Mom-101.
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