“To love what you do and feel that it matters, how could anything be more fun?” ~ Katharine Graham
“I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked.” ~ Bill Murray
“I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore.” ~ Randy Pausch
If you read the quotes at the beginning of the eNote, you noticed that they all talk about fun. Summer conjures up ideas of fun in my mind. Fun with family, fun out on the lake, fun having picnics in the backyard or in the park. Fun brings to mind thoughts of relaxation and play.
Whether you play in these ways or prefer enjoying the peaceful solitude of your home, each of us can decide, as Randy Pausch said, whether to be a Tigger or an Eeyore. If you are familiar with the Winnie the Pooh stories, you remember that Tigger is the enthusiastic, overly bouncy tiger, and Eeyore is the grumpy and pessimistic donkey.
Pausch, a university computer science professor at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania had every reason to be an Eeyore. He was young, had a brilliant career, a young family, and was filled with ideas for helping humankind. Then he received news that would change his life—a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer with the prognosis of only a few months of quality life left. Yet he chose to be a Tigger and lived fully during that time. Among his many achievements, he gave an inspiring lecture at the university titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” then co-authored a book called The Last Lecturethat became a New York Times best seller. His positive attitude was an inspiration to all who knew him and many who didn’t. He filled his life with as much fun as he could even as his body failed him.
Whatever life brings us, the choice we have is what to do with it. In Unity, our walk on the Positive Path for Spiritual Living gives us the tools that support us during joyful times and sustain us during times of challenge. We can choose to be a Tigger or an Eeyore, to live triumphantly or as a victim. I trust that you will join me in living as a bouncy, triumphant Tigger!
One of the ways I’ve chosen to experience fun this month is having the titles for our Sunday talks be trite sayings that people use in their everyday conversation. Behind every trite saying is some nugget of truth. I will mine the truth out of the saying, and have that be the lesson for the day. Since I love to write and love to give our Sunday talks, this will be an enjoyable process. Some of you may roll your eyes not imagining that anyone could take pleasure from such an exercise. But remember, each of us has fun in her own way!
What will probably be fun for many of you is our church picnic on July 21 at Caldwell Park. Check out our website at unity.org or the announcements at the end of this eNews for more information.
Please join us on Sundays during July as we learn the truth behind trite sayings! I look forward to seeing you.