Today, I stopped in for a quick breakfast taco at Chacho’s on Westheimer. The tacos are served piping hot, and they make mine with beans and potatoes on corn tortillas. They have a killer habañero salsa
that will perk up your attitude but fast.
After I had placed my order with one employee, another one, a man, greeted me. “Hello, Young Lady! How are you doing today?”
OK – I am keenly aware that I will be 60 years old soon. I am also keenly aware that “age is just a number” and I am indeed fortunate to be healthy, mobile, and young at heart. I smiled at the man and said, “Fine, thanks. How are you doing?” But for a moment, I thought: Oh. My. God. To this we’ve come. Nice young men are now calling me “Young Lady.”
I continued to smile, however, as I realized that being called “Young Lady” is highly preferable to having been called “You Old Bat.” I giggled to myself.
My advice is: when making your gratitude list, lower your standards! I guess I have a really low “appreciation threshold,” because it takes very little to send me into deep thankfulness. I’m grateful that I have a sense of humor, and that I can accept intended kindness from other people without being overly dramatic. Maybe just a little dramatic. Gentle humor, with oneself and others, is useful as one practices simplicity. So many personal conflicts and internal upsets can be avoided by simply taking a breath and a moment to appreciate the humor in a situation.
Television and online outlets are full of pundits who make their careers out of being professionally outraged and offended. Whether someone calls you “Young Lady” or wishes you “Happy Holidays” instead of a more specific greeting, it’s so lovely and simple to just be happy that someone, somewhere, meant to be nice.
What are you simply grateful for today?