Friday Gratitude: Ya Filthy Animal

This blog title is a nod to my all-time favorite Christmas movie, Home Alone, which I just watched for the umpteenth time. Funny, I’d kind of forgotten the McAllisters were traveling to Paris for Christmas. That’s where I’ll be headed in a week!

Last week, I attended a 3-day Peace Corps conference.

We took this group photo. Can you see me? Probably not. I’m to the back, far right of the photo. And my face is partially covered.

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Tip-toe FAIL

This seems to be a common theme with me in group Peace Corps photos. Here is our very first group photo, taken outside the airport when we arrived in Kosovo on June 5. My now-friend Val is blocking my face.

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Where’s April?

Media Consumption:

  • The Peace Corps office has a small library, and I toted a few books back to my house. One of them was Still Alice (yes, I am way behind the times). It is a powerfully told story that has made me think about my concept of self, and what it would mean to lose that self.
  • Upon the recommendation of a friend, I watched the documentary, May I Be Frank? It’s an inspiring story about a man making active changes to improve his health and his relationships. It is worth a watch.
  • I chuckled when I read this article about “career disruption.” It was written in 2012 (again, I am behind the times), but this means career disruption has been in the public lexicon for a while now. And here I thought changing careers/returning to school at age 30 and joining the Peace Corps at age 35 was a sign of “general lack of planning.” But see? I’ve just been disrupting myself!

Last, I wanted to share this quote, which I have been meditating on for the last few days:

“How can I say this in a way it will be received?” — President Obama

I was reading an article about how tempered the president has been in his responses to the recent election, and it has given me much to consider. Haven’t I ever lashed out in angry words, only to have them fall on deaf ears? And when someone criticizes me, even if there is a kernel of truth in what they say, I’ll dismiss all of it as garbage if that kernel comes wrapped in hateful words.

Of course, the Universe — in its infinite wisdom — has since provided me with a way to practice giving a tempered response. I got an email from a friend this week, and something that was said bothers me. Now, I am off to respond in a loving, non-angry manner …

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