I had to try three different methods to clean the filter on my air conditioner, one after the other. And I noticed when one didn’t work and I moved on to the next, I did it without judgment, without any recriminations.
It just didn’t work so I tried something else.
And I thought about how we don’t treat ourselves with the same consideration we show an air conditioner filter. When something doesn’t work for us, we often blame ourselves.
Maybe sometimes it is our fault. Maybe we could try harder or put in more effort or go more quickly.
Maybe sometimes we’re stubbornly clinging to the dust on our filters.
What if we aren’t? What if it’s not us but the approach that doesn’t work?
What if we only have to try another way? Without judgment, without recriminations?
Next time, think of the air conditioner filter. And have a great Friday and a spectacular weekend.
I’m late today not because I forgot, or got lazy, which we both know have been late post reasons before. Nope, today I’m late for a different reason entirely.
I got my first COVID vaccination.
I’m not going to wax poetic about it, I know how it feels to want it and not have it available, or want it and not be eligible. But I have to tell you, it was like living out the exposition to a dystopian movie.
The site used to be a furniture store, and it was vast and empty, but for small folding tables well-distanced, and lots and lots of beige metal folding chairs. So many beige metal folding chairs. It’s largely staffed by the National Guard, so there they were, in uniform, along with the nurses who had their needles at the ready. After two confirmations of the appointment and the scheduling of the next.
Some questions, an arm preference and a nurse so talented I barely felt it, and I am halfway to fully vaccinated.
But for the scale of the operation and the sheer number of people who need to get vaccinated, it’s no big deal. The operation is incredible to watch, I’ve never seen our National Guard in action before, it was a sight to behold.
So here I am, partially protected and entirely nanobot free. Probably.
But if I have nanobots, they were here before the vaccination, we can all agree on that. And we can also agree Aunty Ida breached the world of fiction to put them there.
Anyway, that’s it for the week, I hope you have a lovely Friday and a great weekend.
It’s been a WEEK, as you know, so today my only thought is this: Amazon has finally price-matched my short story collection, Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, so grab one! They’re quick, odd, fun reads, just right for a little distraction.