Thursday, October 15, 2009

Things I Want Thursday

Because Sass over at The Life of Sass had a great idea for today, I’m participating in “Things I Want Thursday”. Here goes…

1. I want people to stop fighting. The people in government, the people in the media, the people in my life. Stop. It feels good to stop fighting. Nuh-nuh-nuh—none of that, “But they—“. Just stop.

2. I want people to stop preaching tolerance and start preaching respect. Tolerance connotes some teeth-clenching and some resistance. Let’s all acknowledge that everyone is just as entitled to a spot on the earth as everyone else. No more we vs. they—life is not a bridge tournament, though it would be a lot more civilized if it were.

3. I want an end to the name-calling. If people are going to bandy about terms like socialist, fascist, communist and the like, they ought to at least know what the words mean, and from some of the rhetoric I’ve read, it’s apparent that they don’t know. It's like in "The Princess Bride" when Vizzini keeps using the word 'inconceivable', and finally Inigo points out, "I think you do not know what that word means."

4. I want to remember to live in the moment. I’m always thinking of the other things I should be doing, instead of ‘being present’ where I am. I have read a lot about this, and I’m trying to do better. It’s a widespread problem, but that doesn’t make me feel any better about myself. I’m working on it.

5. I want fall weather! We seem to have jumped right into winter, with really cold temperatures and two tons of rain. Autumn is my favorite season, and unless things do a major 180 here soon, we’re going to have missed it entirely.

6. I want to learn to manage on four hours of sleep a night. I know I have said this before, but I’m not getting enough done. Come on, people, there are books to be read, blogs to be read and commented on, and fabric just crying out to be quilted. Plus I need to get back to exercising.

7. I want to take better care of myself. Yeah, I eat properly, but I need to (see #6) exercise. I know it, but am currently on hiatus with no good excuse…
8. I want to see my grandchildren more. With one in Boston and one in Sacramento this is hard. But it’s so awesome to have the little people around!

9. I want my kids to have a better life than I had. I certainly was fortunate enough to do better than my parents did, but this economy is making it tough for young couples to get ahead… I worry about their future, not just in terms of the economy, but also in terms of climate change and political stability.

10. I want a lot more than I thought I did when I started this!

11. I want a world where brains trump beauty, where manners trump crude, where sense trumps yelling. Oh, and of course where funny trumps young.

Is this too much to ask? What do you want?


  1. 4, 5, and 6 are my faves! I want more time for myself and my passion. There are other things, but that is what I want more than anything write now. :o)

  2. Right now, I would be happy with just #5. We seemed to have skipped straight to winter, too. Ugh!

  3. I want #6 and #7. While we're at it, can you throw in a good portion of #5? And a dash of #4?

    I like your list.
    It's a good list.

  4. I want to print out your list and read it every day. Well freakin' said!

  5. The Princess Bride is my wife's favourite film.

    Hoping that your Thursday is kind. Always a pleasure visiting.

  6. I want. .all of them!! Truly wonderful list! I really love #10! May you kackle today!

  7. I love this list.

    Oh, and thank you for pointing out that bit in my entry. I corrected it :) That's what happens when I write with a wiggly two year old in my lap.

  8. Yes, respect is the key. And teaching people that it's not about winning or whinning. It's about doing the right thing.

    Good luck in the contest.

  9. Love this idea.. Am gonna be a part of it next week onwards and btw, am trying to manage on 4 hrs of sleep since my daughter was born.. Thank you for sharing this!! Blessings..

  10. I want more fall too. I always complain summer seems to drag FOREVER so this year we got the opposite...winter began too soon!

  11. I want Fall back, and kids who don't whine.

  12. #6.
    I feel like if I could go on less sleep, I could achieve the other things I want

  13. Here, here. I want to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed that and it rang very true.