How Would You Spend Your Perfect Day?

I was recently asked, “How would you spend your perfect day without any monetary restrictions.” It came to me pretty easily. However, I had to stop and rethink it. My answer was so simple. Fairly boring. No monetary restrictions? Come on, I could do better than that! But when I tried to get elaborate, it didn’t fit. The only that would change is the location.

So this is my perfect day:

I would wake up at my leisure, probably between 6:30-7am, get dressed and head to a yoga class. Probably at least 90 minutes to would wake me up, work me out, and then allow for some reflection. I would head back home, have a healthy breakfast, probably fresh fruit and some variety of whole grains, then take a shower and get ready for the day. I would go shopping (here is where the lack of monetary restrictions would come in handy). Then I would meet one of my favorite girlfriends for a leisurely lunch. Probably entailing wine, cheese, a good salad, laughs, and no time restrictions. After lunch, I would grab a coffee and settle in for a nice pedicure. Relax, continue the conversation with a friend, or read solo. Then I would head home, freshen up (hopefully redress in something from previously mentioned shopping trip), grab my handsome fiance, go to dinner, and enjoy each other. Catch up, hold hands, sneak kisses. Finally, we would have the option to meet up for drinks with friends or head home and throw on comfy sweats. And that is it. That is my perfect day. Maybe without any money restrictions, I would do it all in Tahiti or Paris, but that sums it up.

So with much thought of how I want to spend my fabulous 30th birthday, that is what I have decided. I want to enter a new year, a new decade with my perfect balance of health and pleasure, friends and love, peace and company.

How would you spend your perfect day?

 

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I Choose Peace

It is no secret that I am a Democrat. I have voiced my political opinions pretty openly, and, well, it is public information. I often find myself in the middle of political controversies, either frustrated at someone’s comment or finding other’s arguing mine. However, in the occasions that I can have a tactful conversation with my right-wing friends, I find that we all want the same thing. We all want good schools, a healthy community, financial security, good health, clean air, peace and happiness. So why do we get so vicious with one another on how to get there?

Three days ago, I discovered through my trustee news sources, Facebook and Twitter, that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. I had almost no emotional reaction. To be completely honest, my very first thought was, “Sweet, so can we now spend more money on education and less money on war?” I am glad that I curb from announcing my first thoughts. I was not happy, nor sad. I did not feel relief or increasingly safer. I understand why so many are thrilled. Many people prefer redemption. That is fine. I’m just not really that kind of person. I am the person that thinks that world peace is actually achievable. Call me a hopeless romantic. Redemption will fade but 100 years from now, 9/11 will be a day of remembrance of the lives lost.

The words of Martin Luther King Jr, are being passed around by those with similar sentiments and they resound loudly in my heart. “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

I have thought about my reaction to the death of Bin Laden for awhile. I monitored the emotional reactions of Americans and of the families of the victims. I thought about the military, their families, and the sacrifices so many of them made. I watched the news reports on the potential decrease in gas prices and increase of the dollar. I thought about George W. Bush and Rudy Guiliani, wondering what they were thinking and how they were feeling. I thought about Martin Luther King, Jr. I thought about how 9/11 brought us together and has slowly ripped us apart. I thought, “Will this finally bring us peace and unity?” We have all struggled together. We have all fought together. Can we finally come together?

This is my stance. I invite you to take it with me:

I choose peace, peace in my approach and peace in my heart. I choose world peace, but more importantly, I choose American peace. I choose peace with my neighbor and with some of my closest friends. I choose peace with President Bush and President Obama. I choose peace on gas prices. I choose peace on healthy Americans. I choose peace on getting our community employed. I choose peace on educating our children. I choose peace on the war that we have waged against each other. I choose peace on how we get there.

I Choose Peace.