Monday, February 18, 2008

If Atticus Finch's attitude was present in more people...

To Kill a Mockingbird is, as I've said numerous times, one of my all-time favorite novels. Not just because Scout is so dang hilarious, or the moral is deep, or I sometimes cry at what jerks people can be. Oh no. That's just toe of the knee sock.

I love Atticus Finch.

I love what he stands for, what he teaches, and how he teaches. My favorite line is "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

If more people took on this attitude of thinking of how and why other people feel the way they do, this world would be a lot less messy. It wouldn't be so hard to get along.

For example, a man came into my work today and picked up his comforter that we had cleaned. He gave me a check for $30 and corporate policy says that I have to get ID from him if it's over $25. I asked him politely to see his ID, and the man, for want of a better term, wigged out at me.

"You have the name right there on the check, the signature is right there, my name's on the computer! Why do you have to see my ID?!" he demanded furiously. "My wife and I have been coming here for years!"

This was a very angry man. I could have written him off as a stupid customer (there are so many I could do that to), but instead I tried to see why he felt angry. He was angry because he felt I was questioning his integrity by asking to make sure that it was really him. He was irritated that I didn't know that he and his wife had been coming for years. (I'm relatively new; I still don't know all the regulars.)

BUT on the other hand, why couldn't he take a calming step back and consider how I feel? I hate confrontation; I hate having to follow corporate's sometimes inane policies; and I hate being yelled at for something out of my control. The policy would seem pointless to someone who trusted people innately. Unfortunately, a few untrustworthy people have made us change the policy to make it seem like we don't trust anyone. It protects us from getting cheated, and it could possibly save someone's identity.

In conclusion, boys and girls, always always always ALWAYS consider another point of view before getting caught up in needless anger or hate. Five minutes you spend hating someone's guts is five minutes you could spend on counting your blessings or making someone's day brighter. Your choice

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Loving Life

Hee hee hee. Sometimes being optimistic makes people look at you funny. I'm in this tap class at Paradigm, and I ordered some sleek black shoes online. They came today, and I was extremely excited. I opened the box with much anticipation...

And then...

There was another box.

It was kind of little.

My thoughts at this point were along the lines of "Hmm. This box is awfully small to hold shoes that will fit on my huge feet."

So I opened that box.

And took off the tissue paper.

And there were two cute little shoes, in size ten for children.

I could have been mad, but it was too funny. I envisioned myself tap dancing in these little tiny shoes, and I just laughed.

Why stress out when you can find the humor in everything?

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Things I Love

In no particular order, here's a list of the things I love and maybe an explanation after them if I feel like it:

1) Energetic teachers. You know, the sort who you look at every day and say, "Wow. That person wants to be here right now and wants me to succeed." (Also included are the teachers that aren't afraid to smack you upside the head if you haven't been giving your all.)

2) Good, solid literature. Been over this one a lot. For further information, read previous posts.

3) Musicals of all shapes and sizes. From Fiddler on the Roof to Into the Woods to You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown to Wicked, I love musicals and love committing their songs and lyrics to my brain.

4) Being warm. There is absolutely nothing worse than being cold. I love to be pleasantly warm and don't care how weird I look with my 5 layers as long as I'm not shivering.

5) Parties with friends who make you laugh. For example, my friend had a party last night, and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. (My friend Korinne told me that she was glad I think she's funny because no one else does.)

6) Okay, so I just love to laugh. Redneck jokes, improv, hilarious friends, Weird-Al songs, Forbidden Broadway, if I think it's clever or funny, it's on my love list.

7) Gentlemen.

8) My family. Huzzah! I love it when my whole family's together and acts crazy.

9) Writing. I love to see my thoughts take shape on the page (or screen, as the case may be.)

10) Acting! I am never happier than when I am on the stage performing, sitting in rehearsal, or practicing a dance routine.