The Thing Behind the Thing


The truth is, I don’t know what to write to you this week.

I’ve been sitting in front of the computer screen for almost an hour. It’s Sunday evening. I have a TextEdit document open (where I write all of my blog posts) and I’ve written about four different sentences, only to delete every single one.

So, here we are, left with nothing but the truth. I don’t know what to write. But, I feel like saying hi anyway.

Here’s what’s happening…

I just painted my nails. Essie, Ballet Slippers, if you are interested.

I’m drinking Zevia Black Cherry soda.

I’m wearing my grandma’s (now my mom’s) star jasmine ring and thinking of her as my fingers click the keys.

I just had cauliflower crust pizza for dinner, my new favorite item from Trader Joes. After that, I went for a quick neighborhood stroll.

Today I met up with a bright soul who I’ve been wanting to meet for a long time. We talked about our career paths and dating and podcasts.

I’m currently playing phone tag with my best friend.

Sometimes I really miss San Diego. Every now and then I get one of those stomach pangs.

I have a little bit of that Sunday to Monday transition angst.

Yesterday I shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and really went for it. You would have thought I hadn’t gone shopping in years. Well, wait, I hadn’t.

Those are pretty random details, huh? Aren’t you glad you kept reading?

Life. It’s ordinary. Plain, simple. Or is it? It’s all in how we look at it.

We can let it pass us by, or we can be in complete awe of it. We can choose to interpret the seemingly mundane details of our lives like those listed here, as just that, mundane. Or, we can see them all as one big, giant gift… to see what I like to call, ‘the thing behind the thing.’

I have fingernails to paint, I have enough money to buy things (like food, drinks, and clothes), I have wonderful family and friends around me, I have a unique path that’s taken me to amazing places.

See? If we look behind what seems like the random, pointless happenings of our lives, we are given the opportunity to see something larger at play and to be really, truly, madly inspired and grateful. To me, this unique perspective is how we don’t miss out on living a happy and fulfilling life.

Find joy in the ordinary. It’s always available to us.

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