GETTING THIS HOLIDAY CHEER THING DOWN
When the holiday earmarking the thankfulness thing is so recent we can still smell the stuffing, and the next one earmarking goodwill toward men is so close you can taste the candy canes, you know it’s THAT time of year. The time when we’re supposed to allow anger, rage and hatred for all of mankind to dissipate in favor of those more gracious expressions, right?
Yes. It is that time.
But just because I plan to be joyful, cheerful and full of good will doesn’t mean I always am. And even if I do exhibit these great qualities or sentiments once every um – day – right? – these acts shouldn’t be confused with any kind of zen-like or mature disposition – PFFF.
I mean, I’m working on it, but god it’s taking a while to get there.
Remember the time I told you how I was sitting stalled on a freeway off-ramp just before this past Thanksgiving, because car number 2 in our little family blew a gasket (or something)? That story may have flown under your radar, because I posted it on my personal website rather than here. I wax PG on that site.
Yep… I had the hood up and steam was rolling from the engine, when some lousy punk-ass kids drove by leaning on the horn, hurling expletives at me for blocking the road. I could have been the bigger person and chuckled at those involved little people who were obviously incapable of understanding the great opportunity for compassion they were missing. But I hurled back an expletive like “F*CK YOU! F*CKING ASSHOLE!” as I chased them thinking I could actually take the whole lazy, good-for-nothing lot of them. I probably could have.
It’s awesome how just when you say something like I’m working on being thankful, or gracious, (or any of those great qualities we sometimes think we wish we had) that’s when every mo-fo situation under the sun comes your way to help you practice those great qualities.
So, now when I find myself in Tucson, with M.C. Nugget (in case you forgot, he’s on location shooting a film and I am his guest), it’s only fitting that the freaking hotel can’t get a single friggin’ thing right…
I have to hold my breath til I turn blue, then slap my own face to stop myself from doing what I REALLY want to do. I have do my ohmmmms of I’m a guest of the film production people…. I’m thankful… I’m gracious… I’m joyful…
But what I really WANT to do is sign up for EIGHT THOUSAND different Yelp accounts and report every misstep by this flippin’ hotel. Because SOMEONE should! They lose mail, they forget to do promised wake-up calls, their gym has dirty mats and equipment, no one knows how the jacuzzis by the pool work, and the maids keep forgetting to do things like put pillow cases on our pillows. (The irony of my complaining about my maids – and how ridiculously privileged that sounds doesn’t escape me).
But you guys…. I won’t do that… I won’t sign up for eight thousand yelp accounts (even though I probably should), because DAMMIT…come hell or high water, I’m getting this holiday cheer thing DOWN.
Let’s do it together. Shall we?
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H. Raven Rose (@ChocolateVamp) says
Love this~* To peace during the holidays and always (especially when dealing with challenging people). xo
Thanks H. Sniff Sniff… only you could understand. LOL!!! And a peacefully blissful holiday to you too lovely!
H. Raven Rose (@ChocolateVamp) says
You too H. XOXO
Onisha Ellis says
This is good news! Good news? Am I crazy? It means you are so incredible that, in my case I would say God, but you can say the universe, wants to move you to the next level. The really good news is you get this opportunity over and over until you reach that cheerful, goodwill state of mind!
Oh – don’t get me wrong Onisha… I do see this as GOOD… and I do see it as ON PURPOSE… I *want* to transcend these things… so I am convinced this is why I keep *getting* opportunities to practice. ROFL!!!
M.C. Nugget says
Don’t worry, our hotel staff is safe, as long as I’m around. I will protect the whole staff from the wrath of Ms. Cheevious.
Thanks honey… as always – MY HERO!!!
Lisa Jey Davis says
And a test over here… let’s see if this works…
Luann Robinson Hull says
Don’t you just love how faithful the universe is to keep us on track until we are who we desire to be? Great post!
Elyse Salpeter says
You should so complain! How can they get better if they don’t know?
Tara Fairfield says
Always appreciate your raw honesty!
Bob Nailor says
Atta-girl. You get that holiday cheer even if it kills you! Wait a minute! Are you staying that HOLIDAY CHEER is just another synonym for STRESS? Hang in there — I call this the Trinity Holiday consisting of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. TG they save the best one for last. Cheers!!!