Monthly Archives: May 2012

These Are The Days

How do you feel today?  Are you mindlessly muddling through a day of work? Running countless errands?  On the surface some days may seem a bit blah.  As I type this the sky is grey and I am lamenting at the length of my to do list.  But I know to stop my lamenting and embrace the day, for I have come to learn that today is going to be a special day.   And so was yesterday.  And tomorrow will be special as well. For these are the days that are shaping my future, my projects, and me.

In fact for now on, I shall call my to do list my “To Be” list.  For every thing on that list is moving me in the directions of my dreams.  Yes even sorting the laundry.  For if I do not sort the laundry today, I will not have my favorite pants clean on that special day I will want to wear them.  For that day, whenever it is, will be a day to remember.

Need a little help, a little reminder of the gift everyday brings?  Well, add this one to your playlist.  10,000 Maniacs, These Are the Days.

 

these are days you’ll remember

 

never before and never since, I promise

will the whole world be warm as this

and as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true

that you are blessed and lucky

it’s true, that you are touched by something

that will grow and bloom in you

 

these are days you’ll remember

 

when May is rushing over you with desire

to be part of the miracles you see in every hour

you’ll know it’s true, that you are blessed and lucky

it’s true, that you are touched by something

that will grow and bloom in you

 

these are the days

that you might fill with laughter

until you break

 

these days you might feel a shaft of light

make its way across your face

and when you do

you’ll know how it was meant to be

see the signs and know their meaning

 

you’ll know how it was meant to be

hear the signs and

know they’re speaking to you

to you

 

We Bought A Zoo

Why not.  It’s a perfectly good answer to give to people when they ask those certain kind of questions. You know.  Those questions when the inquisiter has already formed their opinion, but perhaps they are curious to what you will say.  They ask things like:

–  Why did you quit your job?

–  Why are you dating her?

–  Why did you cut your hair?

–  Why are you writing a children’s book when it is so hard to get them published?

 

That last one someone just said to me this week.  And my reply, “Why not.”

Now I have to admit, had that same person asked me that question a few weeks back, I would have given them a long winded reply of how I bellieve in myself and my story.  How I have done my research, etc..  But my retort of “Why not,” was inspired by a movie I recently watched; We Bought a Zoo. “Why not.”  That’s the response Benjamin Mee, played by Matt Damon, gives when asked “Why did you buy this zoo?”

The story follows the Mee family.  A family  grieving the loss of their spouse/mother.  A family embarking on a new adventure.  The movie has a fun cast of characters.  A bear, zebras, an ageing tiger, peacocks, and a bunch of fun humans too.

It’s a movie about courage.  Taking risks.  Benjamin sums it up when he gives this advice to his teenage son. “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.”

So when someone asks you why you are going to watch We Bought A Zoo this month, just answer “Why not.”