I intended to write this last night, but, well, I had a little too much wine so came home late and promptly went to bed. I started this little exercise on Facebook as a daily reminder to me about all the great experiences we can have by making one choice. This is all about gratitude, but it is less a list of what I am grateful for and more about "look what happened because I made this choice". And, as a result of a choice, all the other wonderful things that happen after that. I realized these lists were getting a little long for Facebook, and I wasn't getting them to my Twitter followers or anyone else, so I'm taking my "best things" list live and to the world. Here's what happened Saturday:
I decided to go spend some time in the afternoon with one of my besties after work, instead of going home to take a nap. As a result of that choice, I got to listen to the songs she is going to perform for her Voice audition. We went and had margaritas and chips and salsa, once her husband got home, out on the patio at Cha Cha Cha in Sellwood in the warm, afternoon sun. Then we wanted to check out the sales at this cool store called Bandita in Sellwood that is closing. They were closed, so we ended up checking out Real Deals. I got a clock for $2.90, and a cool, block wood sign that states "What You Love, You Are". Exactly. And then, as we were checking out, the ladies told us we had one more surprise, and offered us lemon vanilla ice cream bars! Who does that? And it was awesome.
Fast forward to the evening. It was around 6pm, no plans for Saturday night. Out of the blue I received an unexpected message from an old friend and asked if I could join them for dinner and drinks and live music back at the Muddy Rudder in Sellwood. We shared a pint, some dinner, got caught up and had a lovely time. We talked about them coming to open mic, and getting to know the community of musicians and writers there. And, I forgot how awesome that place is! I stopped back over at my friends in Sellwood, watched the end of the Matrix and had a glass of really good red wine, which they had bought from Monks Gate Vineyards a few years ago when we were there together.
What a rich day. I could have decided to have a nap after work, because I was tired. Or I could have decided to stay in Saturday night, and watch yet one more episode of Ripper Street. But I said yes. And out of those choices, came a myriad of wonderful experiences I would have missed if I would have said no. I spent a lot of time saying no to people to define my own boundaries. Now, I am all about saying yes. I cannot wait to see what today brings!