Friday, June 26, 2009

Life I Love You--All is Groovy!

I heard this line today in one of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs, and it helped to put things in perspective. I am one of those people who can get caught in the rut of focusing on the negative: bills, broken lawnmower, deaths of seventies icons which suddenly remind me that I am not young. I could spend all day listing things that bum me out. And some days, I do.

But Paul Simon has reminded me that there are lots of things to love about life, and I'd better start acknowledging those if I want to reclaim the groovy feeling that was once much easier to come by.

Here are five just off the top of my head:

My sons, whose summer-blond hair makes them even handsomer than they were before.

The cooler air which is relieving a parched Chicago this evening.

The books (hopefully lots of them) that I'll read this summer.

The green, green grass in my back yard (and because of my broken lawnmower, it's really long and lush. Thanks to you, too, torrential rains!)

The writing project that is by turns enraging and inspiring me.

What's groovy in your world?


Eric Mayer said...

You're right about this and I also tend to focus on the negative. (Can we call it focusing on problem solving?) In fact it bums me out that I am old enough to remember when groovy was current slang! However, we are into a cool stretch, we are healthy, we have a book finished and due out next year and possibilities for writing more, and I have a long list of books to read, so, yes, there are good things too. And bloggers to remind me to try to remember the good stuff.

Julia Buckley said...

I guess it is problem solving, or in my case, list making. But I spend a lot of energy trying to check things off the lists, and the lists are eternal.

So sometimes it's good to step back and look around at life.

Great news about the new book!

Cindy Fey said...

My groovy = cool breezes + sweaty heads of preschoolers + sniffing said heads + new puppy next door I do not need to care for yet my daughters can enjoy + videos back on MTV + So You Think You Can Dance + American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld + beach + plate of blueberries + iced green tea with simple syrup + four hours of daycamp M-F + sleeping without socks and blankets

Julia Buckley said...

Those are awesome, Cindy. Just reading your list makes me happy. :)