Over the weekend I decided that while the photography blog was a GREAT idea in theory, going places to take pictures of things in 105 degree plus weather…. Not such a brilliant plan. Plus, to be modest, writing is really my forte.
Y’all remember my motto:
“Negate Negativity: Dare To Be Happy”
(For those of you who don’t know, I used to drive an orange Volkswagen Beetle and this slogan was part of an ad campaign for VW. On my drive between TCU and home, this billboard on the side of I-30 had a matching orange bug and this slogan on it for basically a whole year, and I just felt like they made that billboard for me.
Anyway, this past Saturday (a lovely little summer day if I may say so) something happened to me that, even though it was small, reminded me that there are blessings all around. Even in the tiniest detail, someone out there is looking out for me. Giving me small morsels of hope that truth and kindness ARE present and existent all around us.
So, I had spent the day at the pool with Quis and Matt, had one or two (or six or seven) beverages (“warm and refreshing”, right guys?) over the course of some hours and then we decided to fuel our heat exhausted bodies at one of our favorite places Taco Diner (yes I have personal issue with this restaurant chain but due to new ownership and the convenience factor I am readopting it due to my fondness for Mango Margaritas, plus this is another story for a sadder day).
So we distracted our missing link, Jordan from the depths of Hell (aka… SMU) and after dinner decided to indulge in a childhood favorite, Baskin Robbins (yeah, there really are 31 flavors- I counted of course). So we sat outside and battled the melting ice cream before we all headed our separate ways.
About… OH, an hour after being back at home, I had the urge to tweet something (surpriiiise) and realized I had NO idea where my phone is. Luckily I had the calming presence of Quis and Matt on the couch, to help me tear apart the house and call my phone repeatedly before establishing that it was not in our vicinity. So, due to experience- I am on my FOURTH iPhone 4 in less than a year (Quis—and Emily– can attest to all the disasters that have befallen said phone) and the knowledge that, I might like my phone more than I like most humans. I jumped in my car and headed back over to Baskin Robbins where, to my THANKFULNESS, my phone was sitting in the middle of the outside table, presumably exactly where I left it.
I know this is a small anecdote that seems like no big deal to most of you, but what is important to me is that as I was driving back over to the ice cream shop, I had this feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach and the nagging thought “I can’t believe I lost another phone, WHY can I not just catch a break this summer?” And then I took a deep breath, shook away the prickle of tears, and said aloud to myself, “There is nothing I can do about it now except hope and pray that honesty will prevail and the kindness of people will give me my phone back.” As soon as I changed my mindset, I felt this feeling of peace, and I just KNEW I would have my phone back.
So if anyone reading this saw the sad neon green iPhone sitting forgotten on the Baskin Robbins picnic table Saturday evening, thank you for not stealing it. And to everyone else… NEGATE NEGATIVITY. Think POSITIVE thoughts. And have FAITH in those surrounding you.