Friday, May 21, 2010
Head Above Water
True confession: I've never been a big fan of Oprah. Gasp! I know, I know, I buck the trend of popular culture. I don't care for her show, and I don't ordinarily read her magazine. For my birthday this year, my best friend, Fanette, who does like Oprah, gave me a recent issue of the magazine in my gift bag. The bag also included moisturizer and concealer cream, which makes me wonder how my best friend perceives my appearance, but that's for another blog post to ponder.
On Tuesday, I grabbed that issue of, Oprah, when I went to an emergency session with my therapist. Since she was squeezing me in to help me analyze my Monday night meltdown, I knew I'd have to wait to see her and my hands must have something to do. Why I took that magazine and not Interweave Knits is beyond me, but was in the end, no accident. It had been sitting on a table waiting for me for 6 weeks and I'm glad I finally got around to it.
In between photos of cake and overpriced Oprah favorites, I found two pertinent articles. One was about Byron Katie and another woman's quest for truth, and another was more or less how to pick yourself up and dust yourself off in order to get back into life.
One particular item was, 10 Hard-Won Pieces of Advice, by Lisa Kogan. The first listed item was about human resilience and tenacity where she advised that problems come and go and somehow, we endure. Her advice was to stop watching endless episodes of Law & Order, shave our legs and get back out there. I almost choked on my latte.
Another confession: Never in my life have I consistently watched Law & Order. Well never until the past 6 weeks. First of all, I've never had a desire to watch women being endlessly victimized. Recently, I can't get enough of this mind altering show. Rape, murder and mayhem. It's really not good for the soul, you know. I brought this up to my stylist today, and she admitted that since she broke off her engagement, she sits around watching Law & Order, too. Damn. This must be a universal sign of depression.
Today I made a break for it and felt a sudden lifting of the darkness. I got up early. I straightened the house. I went and chopped off most of my hair...well, someone else did the chopping, but at least I can credit for getting around to having it done. It's not like I haven't needed a haircut for more than a month, now. I bought more yarn for the endless shawl today, too, and an adorable circular needle case made by Namaste. In other words, I took care of myself and haven't watched a single hour of the many recorded Law & Order episodes in my DVR lineup. Tomorrow, more of the same is planned beginning with finishing the yarn I'm spinning for Rose, followed by lunch and a pedicure with Fanette.
Thanks, Oprah, but more importantly, I need to thank Fanette for such a good birthday gift.
Guess who is buying a pedicure for her pal tomorrow?