#3 Morning Hue

Morning hue is passing through the blinders 

reminding me to get up from my sleep.
Birds were chirping and squirrels were running around the trees.
It was so peaceful and pleasant.
I slowly opened my eyes and started to have a monologue.

“Hmmm…what a nice day! So pleasant! Beautiful.

Oh no… I have to get up.
I will be late to work.
I have to go to work.
Grrr…
Why didn’t the alarm go off?
Why can’t I just sleep as long as I want?
Well I guess I can’t because …
I have to go to work. “

“Arghhh…I am so tired. Can I call in sick? Sick
I really don’t feel like going.”

I turned to the other side.

“hmmm…I can’t do that.
My conscience wouldn’t allow it
Yeah! Right!! {#smileys123.tonqueout}

I feel so tired. But…I have to get up, get ready and go. ”

I turned back again

“Oh God…hmmm….I wish I didn’t have to work.
I wish I had billions of dollars.
I would be happy even if I had just millions instead.
That would do.
Then I can just do what I want to do
to live my life.”

I turned to the other side again. 
“Oooh…wouldn’t that be nice Wow
May be I should just buy Lotto tickets every week. Cool 

No point in dwelling on it if I am not even taking steps to do something about it. Correct? 

I will start buying once a week.
Hopefully first week should be ‘it’ :)” 

I turned back once again.  

“Okay, I have to go now, take shower, get ready,
drink my tea, get everything ready to go, etc, etc.
Hmmm,…well…I will just stay for another minute
before I get up. I am too tired." 

Did I imply “I was tired” enough times already?

Minute or two passed by… 

“Wow!! Oh my God! It is late I better get going”
Suddenly something struck in my brain.
I said to myself,

“What the heck are you doing! …
You dummy? Today is Saturday!” Blush

Ooohooo…!!!
All the stress and tiredness disappeared.
No more turning back and forth.

I immediately got up feeling so refreshed.
Went to the living room opened the curtains. 
Living room and Kitchen was filled with bright morning light 

Birds were chirping and making a beautiful melody.
Squirrels were running around the trees, with a playful attitude.
I couldn’t wait to make my coffee and prepare for our breakfast. 

I was stress free, not even an inch of stress!
Cannot wait to face the day. Way too much energy!

Why can’t every day be this way?
I need to buy my lotto ticket first. 

What a pleasant and relaxed feeling! 
I will be buying my lotto today 

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#2: Parking Space Saga

Dec. 3, 2014

Having a one-track mind or being habitual may be a good thing when you are focusing on something that you already have the answer to and when you need to implement a related task. But in general, being habitual can be a deterrent in progressing as a human being. I have a funny story on this one. 

At my current company, I have been working for 7 years. Ever since I started my job here, I have been parking my car in the same space for the past 7 years as a habit. Because of it, I got so used to it and I became territorial when it came to my parking space at work. Funny thing was almost everyone who knows me,  knows that I park my car always in the same place so they cannot even think about parking it there. Even if I am late in arriving, my space was still there.

However, about 3 months back some other employee who happened to be new has invaded my parking space. The very first day, I saw a car in my space from far, I got so mad. My blood pressure increased, my muscles became tight on my fists. I said this out loud in my car ‘What the heck?  Who parked in my space? Don’t they know that is my space?” I was crazy mad.

I parked in another space while jerking my car! Got down and went to that car and looked with an angry face as if I was looking at a person. Boy can you imagine…if that person were in that car at that moment…he would have been gone ‘poof’ with just my extremely angry look. 

From there I walked so fast as if I was going to hit someone and went to the security guard and said, “Did you see some one parked in my space?” She said “Yeah I saw that, I think he is new to this office he was working at van Nuys and now started here. He works in claims”…blah blah blah…”. I was thinking ‘who the hell cares where he is working before and where he works now? He had no right to park in my space.’ But then she said “ I will let him know that it was your space”. 

Then it hit me! Wait a minute…She can’t do that. It was not a reserved space to begin with. I just happened to park it there for the past 7 years which does not mean others cannot park. 
So immediately I woke up from my convoluted thinking. I said to her “oh no. don’t do that. It is not like that was reserved for me”. Of course…in side my brain I was so happy she said that but couldn’t let her do it though! So after that I went inside and forgot about it.

And the next day came. I was on time and did not even think about it until I was reaching close to the office, suddenly my heart rate went up with the thought ‘ I really hope that guy did not park in my space….” I was speeding while I was closing in. then I saw the car again…Once again I was so mad!!

I said to the security guard…I can’t believe he parked it there again. I am actually a few minutes early…” She said with a joking tone “Just hit him on his head and tell him not to park there”. I laughed and she laughed. I forgot about it again.

The third day, I was driving and suddenly while still half way through, I remembered about my parking space. I started to speed up and want to be there before that guy parked. I reached before him. Yay!!!  While gritting my teeth, I said “ Don’t you ever think about parking in my space, ever”. As if he can hear me. LOL!

Bottom line this parking space saga went on for 2 and half months. I was getting stressed out and it was showing on my face. Just kidding! My face is like that anyway. 
During this time what I have learned was worth it.

All the times I had to park in a different space, I was able to go for shopping or eat somewhere by driving my car during lunch time, etc.. and I actually enjoyed it instead of sitting in my car and look at my cell phone or stare at a tree or a garbage section in front of the space while I munch on junk food. 

I felt more free to do what I want to do. Before, I did not want to take my car out because I did not want to lose my space. Now I know, no matter what I still have a space to park and I can also enjoy my life for that day without feeling as if my hands are tied. I started to look at life with a different perspective. No more like a horse with the blinders on.

No more bickering about insignificant things in life. Life is too short not to have fun while you can. Enjoy it. I am.

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#1: Morning Greetings

This is how my weekday morning greetings at work starts:

Me= Me
Other person = OP

Monday mornings: 
Me: Hi
OP: Hi

Me: How was your weekend? 
OP: Good and yours?

Me: Good
OP: Good

Me: Great, talk to u later 
OP: Yep. Bye!

Me: Bye


Tuesday through Thursday mornings:

Me: Hi!
OP: Hey…!

Me: How r u?
OP: Good and you?

Me: Good
OP: Good.

Me: See ya
OP: See ya 


OR 

Me: Hey you. 
OP: Heyyyy

Me: How is it going?
Op: Good….good.

Me: Oh great!
OP: Yep

Me: Ok C ya later...
OP: yep Cyaaaa…


Friday afternoons:

Me: Hey you. 
OP: Heyyyy….

Me: How are you?
OP: Good and you?

Me: Good any plans for the weekend? 
OP: Yep…[and this is where the time seems to go slow because there is a lengthy explanation on what they will be doing that weekend, so excited about it] and you?

Me: Ooooh…same, I will be cleaning the house, getting the groceries, cooking, etc..etc...
OP: Ooooh...sounds exciting.

Me: Yep. Great! You have fun and have a good weekend 
OP: Yes you too have a good one