Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mediocrity vs Ungrateful

My friend/colleague and I were talking (procrastinating) this morning about work and life and one thing really became apparent: If we were just a little stupider we'd be kazillionaires. This is a pessimistic view point at best, but hey, it's where we were this morning before the coffee kicked in.

I had come off of watching that show "Million Dollar Listings" on Bravo last night while doing laundry and I could not believe what I was seeing! It was like watching The Kardashians collide with "The Donald" and it had all the rubber-neck twisting appeal of a bad car crash. It's basically about these three super real estate agents selling mansions in SoCal. They were whiny and snively and one of the dudes touched and talked about his bowl-cut hair in a nasaly voice that almost put me over the edge. These guys were so stupid! My friend and I have witnessed the "Stupid-er Theory" with a number of our clients over the years. I swear, the dumber they were the wealthier. Disheartening isn't it? Well, it was for us until...

I'm sure many of you have read the story about the man who was misdiagnosed as being in a coma for the last 23 years, but really just living in major paralysis. This man listened, felt and saw everything going on around him for decades. My friend and I concluded that this is by far worse than anything her and I have EVER experienced (or probably will). It lead to the very familiar, "I guess my life could be worse" statement that we've all heard a million times. But then I thought, really? This was just us signing our lives over to mediocrity. "Oh, I guess my life could be worse" while true is a total cop-out on actually creating a life you want. It makes you feel like the measly life you have is all you are capable of. The backlash to this is that if you don't make this statement then you're made to feel ungrateful about the life you have. It's a catch 22. Either you're mediocre or your ungrateful...hmmm....which is worse?

Just a little pesimistic food for thought today. Thanksgiving, here I come--by the way, I knew I gained a little from weaning the baby, but a "little" ended up being 6 freakin' pounds or 1/2 a pant size as I like to think of it! So, while I'm excited about Thanksgiving (food), moderation is going to be front and center.

Gobble, Gobble!





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