Gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ Aesop

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving ~ Kahlil Gabran

Joy delights in joy ~ William Shakespeare

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Making Lemonade

I was in a bad mood this morning because I drove to Paramount for a mtg and it was a total waste of time. The meeting was like 12 minutes long and the guy was a total loser. But as I was stomping to my car in annoyance, it suddenly dawned on me...I'm at a movie studio. Taking a meeting as a writer, a lifelong dream. My problems aren't really problems. I'm grateful to even have such gripes! So here are the other things that help me make lemonade out of lemons:

I hate LA traffic. H-A-T-E. But...I'm thankful for NPR. It's my constant companion in the car; I get all my facts and bits of trivia and inspiring stories that I'm constantly prattling off (literally, I quote an NPR story at least twice a day). It makes me smarter. It makes me more interesting. I even contributed to our local station during the recent fundraiser drive, even though I was like "I really need a new pair of shoes and I'm not even gainfully employed...but I seriously need to help them make their hourly goal since I listen everyday"

I don't love living in the middle of busy boulevards in the middle of a busy city. I dream of my English cottage or farm in New England. BUT I'm thankful that I can drive 15 minutes and stand overlooking the ocean. I walked along the park on Ocean Ave today just marveling at the white sand, waves and Malibu cliffs. If I squinted, it looked like the Italian coast. Do I really live here?

I don't like drinking water. I've never liked it. But I'm grateful to have easily accessible, clean running water when so many people don't.

But, I'd really rather drink lemonade. :) Preferably, Kara's homemade lemonade from the lemons in their backyard (as long as it doesn't squirt in the eye like it did poor K on Sunday...yeooow)


  1. That's right, when I try to make lemonade out of lemons, I get acid in my eyes...what up with that?? :) I love this list. And I agree -- hooray for a job that lets us walk around movie studios and hooray for the ocean and hooray for NPR!

  2. Yay for a face to face meeting, even if the guy was crap. Just getting that foot in the door has to be really encouraging :)

  3. Now if we could only move the studios to the countryside we'd be set :)


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