I am taking part in Rocket Squids, a “boot camp” for new Squidoo Lensmasters which includes writing weekly challenge lenses. Recently the theme was gadgets and involved writing a product review. The only gadget I could think of was a pizza cutter. Bob and I brainstormed a bit and came up with uses for a pizza cutter than just cutting pizza. I put a father’s day spin on it, hit the publish button with a little fear and trembling and submitted it to Rocket Squids for review.
Who would have thought an article on pizza cutters would not only actually sell pizza cutters but also drawing my highest traffic, comments and squid likes for this particular lens in addition to being mentioned in a Squidoo training article. If I had followed my gut and not written this because it was “not what I write” I would have missed out on the experience, the exposure and the chance to earn a few pennies.
We live in an apartment community. People move in. People move out. Some are good neighbors. Others, not so much. Sometimes the nice people don’t stay long enough while it seems the trouble makers will never leave.
It can get discouraging when the building is full of drama or words of greeting are met with an icy death stare. Sometimes it is easy to get so caught up in the bad stuff in life that we forget the good.
Focus on the nice people who live next door, down the street or in your community. The ones who greet you with a smile, offer help to others in times of need, stop to talk or even accept a dinner invitation. Sometimes in our building we decorate our doors for the holidays or exchange small treats. Like the neighbors who gave us a hand on Halloween.
So today I am celebrating the good neighbors and choosing to not let rudeness from others turn me into a bad neighbor.
Beauty in a Dying Tree Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
To be honest, when Bob lost his job before he was planning to retire I was not happy. But now I am glad he decided to accept what happened and not fight a wrongful termination. I can see we were really given a gift. The gift of time. Time to sit and talk to each other. Time to work together. Time to go to the movies on a weekday. Time to go for long walks and wait for good photo opportunities — like todays photo taken in the aftermath of a planned burn in a nature park. So this week I am celebrating time.
There is a weekly Blog Hop at Scribblings of an Aspiring Writer called Celebrate the Small Things. I like the idea, so on Fridays I will write a blog post about one small thing worth celebrating during the week.