My part-time job as TV news editor has been sort of hateful lately.
So on Thursday, when all my assignments were preempted yet again by another assassination, this time in front of Parliament, I opened my Facebook page to a string of hateful posts related to other crises in America.
I’d had enough. So I started my weekend a little early. And I took time off from Facebook.
1. On Thursday afternoon, driving down Walnut Grove, I laughed out loud at a Blue Screen of Death on a digital billboard. I’ve never seen one that big. Maybe another media conscript was feeling mutinous.
2. On Friday, I walked to the Art Center to buy origami paper. I decided to step into Inz and Outz Gift & Cards, thinking I’d shop for Father’s Day.
Y’all should have told me what that place was before I went in there.
I didn’t buy any cards. I did, however, consider some of the leather thongs. Bet those zippers get awfully hot in this heat.
3. On Saturday, I perfected an origami envelope for a direct mail project and designed an outdoor sign, a non-digital one. No BSODs here.
Sidebar: I used to have a recurring dream, working at my old job as a graphic designer. Today I’m literally living that dream. Life is full of surprises.
4. On Sunday, I was grateful, grateful, grateful for so many things. I’m grateful that I have air conditioning in my entire apartment now and my butter doesn’t melt if I leave it on the table.
I’m even grateful for my part-time job as TV news editor, even if it does make social media unbearably redundant some days. There’s lots of love at that job. My co-workers bring it every day. Otherwise, I just couldn’t cope.
Actually, there’s lots of love at all my jobs, some of which necessitate my using Facebook. I just have to remember that I have a choice: I can unfollow people or pages that post stuff I don’t want to read.
I am one lucky girl. I live in America. I get to read about it all, the bad and the good. Life is full of surprises. It’s also full of choices.
1. Today I choose to be grateful.
2. Today I choose to show up for the love.