Don't we all regularly need attitude adjustments so that the unimportant and trivial do not define our lives? Tuesday, two such things happened. I'm excited for him, as DS was offered the opportunity to work on one of the big Hollywood New Year's Eve productions. This is a tremendous experience for him. Two snags though; we lose three days with him home and the change ticket costs are astronomical. Still, despite the cost, I need to appreciate that we get to have him with us for three full days and a morning. I need to appreciate that he is able to pursue, and actually can pay his bills, in a career in a very dog eat dog industry. Later in the day, DD2's violin teacher called and asked if she was coming to her lesson-20 minutes after it was supposed to start. In her head, she had the time 30 minutes late, and missed the lesson entirely as another students lesson had begun. My first impulse was to be frustrated. But really, how many times a day do I mix things up, write the wrong thing down, transpose a number? We just let it go, and I told her to send a sincere apology to her teacher, which she had already done. Instead of stressing, me and the girls had a nice night together, frustration no where in the room.
No matter how long I live, how long my family and friends live, life is too short for worrying about the trivial. It also is too short to always make decisions based solely on the check book. Hopefully while I'm still financially saving towards goals, I don't forget that my life should be counted by my memories, not my savings account. And sometimes, those memories will be made of of moments that while shorter than I'd like, are precious and unrepeatable. 2018, my year to wake up and smell the coffee and be sure of measuring time in lived moments rather then minutes.