It’s Not Rocket Science

There’s a college Physics final exam going on in my dining room right now. That’s as close to Physics as I have been since I was a Senior in high school, dipped my toe into the Physics world, and ran screaming before I got in too deep.

Yeah, that’s why I play with words. It’s not Rocket Science. 

The Approach to Presents

I just noticed that there might be more than one way to wrap a holiday present. (I say this tongue-in-cheek, because of course there is!)

I have one adult kid who actually counts the boxes on the wrapping paper grid to ensure “just enough” paper is cut for a tidy, tight wrap.

The oldest will cut paper willy nilly, and often has to cut another piece to “fill the gap” when she can’t close the paper over the ends. (She’s also the one I have to remind to remove the price tag.)

You wouldn’t probably attach the gift wrap approach to the right kid. The willy nilly one–you would say it’s the kid who loves drama and music and loud colors. It’s not. The drama kid is the one counting boxes, wrapping to the grid.

The other one is less flashy, more into fitness and goals. Driven. Perhaps she doesn’t have enough energy to count the boxes. Perhaps she used all her measuring energy for other worries.

I don’t actually know what it is that drives us to wrap a gift. There are those who will throw something into a bag and call it a day. Others will make the loveliest, color-coordinated packages, no matter what’s in the box.

I recall sometimes wrapping presents in comic strips and paper bags, with hand drawn art and greetings on the outside. When I lived overseas, we simply brought the gift out and gave it to the person on the appropriate day. You couldn’t buy fancy wrap, and it was the gift that mattered, more than any external decoration.

I am somewhere in the middle, having wrapped with an eye for bling, and having not wrapped at all.

I now thoroughly enjoy it when I have others who are willing to wrap the gifts that I have selected. Phew. I can hand over the torch of present-wrapping. I’ve done it for years.

Time for the next generation to develop their own style to this tradition.

How do you approach your wrapping?

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Gratitude 2020 – Day 3

My #gratitude today is for the local public library. They’ve stocked me with books during this never-ending quarantine. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 52 books (1 a week) and I’ve surpassed the goal. Now at 60 books read. I’m pretty sure I’ll keep adding to the number. AND, yesterday I noted the library has reopened. I haven’t gone inside yet, but I plan to!

Sanctuary restored.

#Grateful for good stories, compelling reads, and escapist novels.

Be Selectively Ignorant

Be “selectively ignorant.” Ignore topics that drain your attention. Unfollow people that drain your energy. Abandon projects that drain your time. Do not keep up with it all. The more selectively ignorant you become, the more broadly knowledgeable you can be.

— James Clear, Author of Atomic Habits

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