[#Reverb10] Dec. 14 & 15

#Reverb10 is a movement to encourage folks to tackle a daily prompt with the intent of reflecting on their year. If you’d like to get involved, it’s not too late! You can backtrack to previous prompts or simply jump in where you are. If you’re interested, you can see all my #reverb10 posts here.

Dec. 14: Appreciate: What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

One thing I’ve really become aware of this year is how easy it is to add or subtract joy from someone’s life. In every single interaction we have, we make a choice — to be cranky, to be pleasant, to complain, to compliment, to stare straight ahead, to smile.  And through that awareness, I’ve really come to appreciate the people who consistently choose to add joy to their interactions, as well as the opportunities to do so myself.

Perhaps oddly, I think this is most evident in the places of business where I’ve become a sort of regular. Where I started going for the convenience and/or quality, I kept coming back so often because of the people.  It takes less effort to get what you came for without considering the people behind the counter, and when they’re working so hard to serve so many people, I’m sure it’s easier for them to do the same.  But a smile, a “how are you?”, or a “have a nice day” adds an amazing amount of joy, no matter which side those things come from.

So, let me take this opportunity to say to my friends at the Chipman Road Starbucks & Chipotle, I appreciate you all more than you probably know, and I hope that I’ve managed to bring something pleasant to your lives as well. 🙂

Dec. 15: Five Minutes: Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)

Quickly and in no particular order:

The artist in Montmartre, the man outside the theatre, and the guy in Covent Garden who liked my magenta tights.

Eating insane amounts of pastries in Paris with my sister, and getting to meet the gargoyles at the top of Notre Dame.

Kate & me, preparing to go Wilde.

Me and my gargoyle friend.

Seeing my oldest friend become the cutest pregnant lady ever.

My skin tone matches her hair.

Great conversations with fantastic people, most of whom I’ve yet to meet in real life.

Having mild success and massive failure with the same script.  Making a short film with small group of wonderful friends, and showing it to a larger one.

Hot yoga. Running my first 5K (in 20 degree weather). Finding my very own inner fitness badass (with many thanks to Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, and Tony Horton).

Fun times with my quirky, neurotic, crazy, could-be-a-sitcom family.

I think my five minutes were up a while ago, but to everyone who’s been a part of an awesome year: THANK YOU. 🙂

3 thoughts on “[#Reverb10] Dec. 14 & 15

  1. Great stuff. It’s true that we make a choice in our interactions, and my choice is always to be a stare-straight-ahead guy. (PRO-TIP: If you’ve got ear-buds in, nobody will even TRY to talk to you!) I shame us all.

    Wacky cynicism aside, I haven’t reverbed for a few days, like a bad blogger, but for the record, my Five Minutes would also have included awesome people from Twitter. Nice hat, BTW.

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