more micro moments

While I was trying to think of more "micro moments of positivity", a phrase I picked up from somewhere, coined, I am sure, by a Millennial who has no sense of time past or future, I remembered The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha (2011) and The Book of (Even More) Awesome: Junk Drawers, Puppy Breath, the Smell of Sizzling Bacon, and Other Simple, Brilliant Things (2012). They will raise your spirits and trigger your thinking.

Here is a key thought for someone my age: “Life's too short not to sleep when you feel like it.” 

Recently we  had a death in the family, in my daughter's family.  Moose, the chocolate Lab that she had given her husband for Father's Day seven years ago, died suddenly and unexpectedly. (kidney failure).  It was a terrible shock and I've been trying to think of words to offer comfort for my son-in-law from a distance. (They live in the U.S.)

While I am still thinking, I found these words by Neil Pasricha:

“A long hug when you really need it Sometimes we all get rattled. When bad news surprises you, painful memories flash back, or heavy moments turn your stomach to mush, it’s great to fall into a warm and comforting pair of big, wide open arms. Shaking with sobs, dripping with tears, you snort up your runny nose and smear snot across their shoulder as that hug relaxes you and comforts you and helps you get through everything, even for a minute, even for a moment. Maybe there are “It’s going to be okay” whispers, some gentle back rubbing, or just the quiet silence of knowing that they’re not going to let go until you let go first. As their steady arms support you, and the pain washes over you, the hug gives you a warm glow in a shivery moment. So when you eventually pull back, smile that classic “I’m sorry and thank you” smile, and swipe wet bangs off your forehead, you still might not feel great, but if you’re lucky you’ll feel a little more AWESOME!"

Neil Pasricha (1979), by the way, is a Canadian inspired by his immigrant parents to look with wonder and gratitude at this brave new world.  Depressed after his divorce and a friend's suicide, he began consciously to look for the bright side of things and started a daily blog in June of 2008 "accentuating the positive" (that's from an old song by - I think - Irving Berlin. Have to look it up.)  By 2009 Pasricha had 10 million hits on his blog and he won the Webby Award for Best Blog. The books came after that, international best sellers. 

Wow.  Awesome, in fact.


P.S. I looked up the song "Accentuate the Positive". It was written in 1945, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Harold Arlen. I listened to it on Google. You can too. 



almost here

I'm coming I'm coming. I've learned a lot.  Have you?

Later: well, I've missed a lot here but I've been doing overtime elsewhere. Not to go into tedious  detail, I might as well begin with a few more words picked up along the way....

battue |bəˈt(j)uː|noun [ mass noun ]

the driving of game towards hunters by beaters.• [ count noun ] a shooting party arranged so that beaters can drive the game towards the hunters. they were shot down like pheasants in a battue.

ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from French, feminine past participle of battre ‘to beat’, from Latin battuere .

anaphrodisiac |əˌnafrəˈdɪzɪak| 

Medicine adjective(chiefly of a drug) tending to reduce sexual desire. [I could have guessed that]


exordium |ɪgˈzɔːdɪəm, ɛg-|noun (pl.exordiums or exordia |-dɪə| ) formal, the beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin, from exordiri ‘begin’, from ex- ‘out, from’ + ordiri ‘begin’.


aleatory |ˈeɪlɪət(ə)ri, ˈal-| (also aleatoric |ˌeɪlɪəˈtɒrɪk, ˌal-| )     [I like this one]

adjective, depending on the throw of a die or on chance; random.• relating to or denoting music or other forms of art involving elements of random choice (sometimes using statistical or computer techniques) during their composition, production, or performance. aleatory music. a photograph can capture the aleatory chaos of modern urban life.

ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from Latin aleatorius, from aleator ‘dice player’, from alea ‘die’, + -y1.


But then there are phrases that I can't find in a dictionary but that I have to understand.

 "micro moments of positivity"  That's nice, isn't it?  I think it might be that fleeting rush you get when you a) see the first cardinal in the spring [and then he gets redder and redder]; b) taste something  delicious that you just made (new recipe or your own invention); c) file your tax report for the year, no matter who did the numbers - it's a great feeling and it doesn't last more than a micro moment.

Thee are more,bt it's tomorrow already.  Anon, anon...