I’m having one of those weeks where a dozen struggles, large and small, are surfacing in our planning for the upcoming Rose Festival. While most things are ‘falling’ into place, a few others are unraveling. So, my patience is being tested. And, it’s leading me to think about the qualities in others that get my attention.
Ligaya – Here at work, I always have to admire Ligaya and her ability to get things done, to suck it up, even when she’s feeling down. She has unlimited energy, and right now she’s under the weather. She’s facing such huge challenges – the biggest event of her career, the largest monetary stake, the most difficult personnel issues. And she rises to the challenge every time. She’s amazing.
Charlie – At home, Charlie deals with the little issues and the big issues the same way. She doesn’t really differentiate, which somehow works for her. She tries to do things around the house without involving me, like tackling that weird smell in the utility room or fixing the faucet or the phone in the kitchen. I don’t have the patience for stuff like that. She shrugs off the physical issues she has since her surgery, and she can still joke about her memory lapses. She’s almost always happy.
Being happy is the most attractive thing a human can be. Doesn’t matter if you’re drop dead gorgeous or rich as a king – if you’re a downer, people will not be attracted to you. I think this is what makes Charlie an attractive person more than anything else. People can sense her happiness. That happiness seems to come from being satisfied, especially with herself.
I wish I were more satisfied with myself. For the most part I am, but I’ll never be as graceful about it as Charlie.
On line, one of the people I admire is Nik’s mom, Gloria. I can’t pretend I know what it’s like to be a mom, and if you don’t have kids, you’ll never really know. But if I were a mom, I hope I’d be one like she is. I think she’s such a successful mother because she’s a successful human being. She loves herself, she loves her life, she loves God and her family. She seems to have an unlimited amount of love to give, and it encompasses so many people. I feel it myself. And it’s a good feeling.
And that wonderful mothering is part of what makes Nik such a unique, amazing person.
In the celebrity world, I still admire Howie D. He strikes me as a special, loving, committed person who has resisted many of the negative temptations of his industry and still has his basic values in place. Sure, he likes to party a lot. He wouldn’t be Howie if he didn’t! But somehow he seems to have some perspective about everything. I can’t imagine Howie ending up bitter someday or in rehab or something. Howie is one celebrity I’d really like to meet and talk to someday (and I almost never aspire to even come close to most celebrities).
Anyway, it made me feel good to take a little break in my (somewhat challenging) day and think about these positive qualities in some of the many people I admire.
Now back to the grind!
- I feel:calm
- I hear:"Miss Independent"