So it’s April Fools’ Day, and I happen to be a naysayer for this one. I believe the playing of practical jokes every time April 1st rolls around is absurd.
An interesting thing about April Fools’ Day is that no one is entirely sure how it began. There are those who believe the event dates back to 16th century France when the country switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. This altered the celebration of the new year from springtime to January 1st. Apparently, the news of the calendar change was slow to travel, so those found celebrating the new year in late March to early April rather than the new January 1st were often thought to be foolish, hence All Fools’ Day was born. Keep in mind, this is just one of many theories.
I am personally not a fan. I recognize that some practical jokes are harmless, but some are often just plain mean. And I simply don’t endorse what is more than likely a lack of kindness.
As a teacher at a brick and mortar school for more than 20 years, I often saw teary-eyed students dealing with the aftermath of another student’s “joke”. Ah yes, the classic, “But it was only a joke!” Students use that statement as a blanket excuse for every unfriendly act. Legitimizing harsh actions under the guise of a holiday is simply unacceptable.
That’s just me. How about you? Do you agree that pranksters should have free reign every April 1st? This is an open forum, so share your thoughts. And…
So, has anyone ever mentioned to you that as they got on an elevator, the person already riding gave them the heebie-jeebies? But they got on anyway. What?
If your gut tells you something isn’t right, then you need to rethink your circumstances. The whole “hair standing up on the back of your neck” thing exists for a reason. It’s your nervous system saying, “Danger, Will Robinson, danger.” (If you weren’t alive during the mid to late 60s, you may not get this reference.)
So why do we refuse to trust our gut? It’s simple: People are socialized away from doing so. When we mention that something gives us a bad feeling, people often say, “Oh don’t be silly…”
This steering away from our feelings starts when we are young. Children have a keen barometer, but early on they are encouraged to look away from their natural inclinations. Before you know it, they are stepping on that elevator.
So next time you just don’t feel right about something, trust your gut. Even if nothing comes of it, why take the risk?
So spring is upon us, and there’s no better way to welcome the season than to change things up.
My recognition of this came from an unexpected direction. I had been using the same teaching background for my classes for about eight months when I was suddenly gripped by a desire to create something new. So it was off to the Dollar Tree to find some inexpensive accoutrements to redesign my display.
But this is not about the outcome of my redesign, but about change in general. Spring is a wonderful time to renew because the world around us is doing just that. My daughter, Sammy, and I recently saw two baby Sandhill Cranes wandering with their parents. They were so fresh and downright adorable that it made me take pause to appreciate new beginnings.
So whether it’s rethinking a background, cleaning a closet, redecorating a room, or trying a new lipstick shade, go for it! Spring is here, so change it up…
So it’s rant time…Why are some companies so wasteful when they mail small items?
I had my favorite lipstick color on order from a large cosmetic distributor. When it arrived, I was shocked. Keep in mind, the lipstick measured 1″ x 1″ x 3″ and weighed all of 85/100 of an ounce. It arrived in a box that measured 10″ x 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. The excess space was filled with a large quantity of bubble wrap. What????? Seriously?????
Why oh why could they have not just put the lipstick in a small bubble envelope?
So in our back yard, out of nowhere, a vine began to grow. At first, it was quite pretty, so we didn’t give it much concern. But it slowly began to take over our shrubbery, walls, and ground. That which was so beautiful consumed the entire space to create the antithesis.
This is actually a metaphor for life. Do you have something in your life that started out well, but over time it takes over? It moves from being a lovely addition to your pristine garden to a difficult, overgrown, time-consuming mess.
In our case, we have waited for the yard service that our HOA provides to trim back the excess foliage, but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. Perhaps it is time for us to bring out some trimmers?
If you have something in your life that has taken over in a nonpositive way, trim it back before it smothers all that is good.
So I walked into my kitchen, flicked on the light switch, and what did I see? You guessed it…a flickering light bulb. The funny thing is that it has been flickering for about the past five times I’ve entered the kitchen. So why don’t I just go ahead and change it?
What am I waiting for? Do I really think I’m going to get extensive wear out of that metaphorically hanging by a thread bulb? Doubt it…For some reason, we feel we must wait for the light to go “out” to change it.
This often translates to our everyday life. If something isn’t working, why do we wait to change it? Do you have friends that are draining your energy? Or how about a job that you’ve outgrown? A financial plan that needs to be retooled? Don’t wait, change it! Don’t let it flicker day in and day out only to finally fade away.
It doesn’t take much to change it now and let a brighter light shine…