I turned 61 last month so discussing my underwear is not intended in anyway to resemble sex talk. Rather, it’s a reflection of the kind of stress I’m undergoing as we list our house on the real estate market.
I mentioned our House “editor” in a previous post who counseled us on “staging” (gosh I hate that word) our house to present it in the most favorable light. Well that staging has resulted in a considerable amount of work…replacing light fixtures with recessed lighting, painting every wall and door, re-carpeting, new faucets and door knobs, and storing funky artwork in a newly rented storage facility.
In the midst of readying our home for sale, I had arthroscopic knee surgery and my husband and I were in the throws of a busy time in our work-life. Escaping to the beach with our two noisy dogs seemed like the logical move. Anyone who might want to see the house (and there have been only a few) could do so unimpeded. In a distracted mood, I through a few items in an overnight case and literally crawled into the car (more than a little accurate considering my recent knee surgery) to head to our beach place.
Unpacking a few hours later I realized I had forgotten my underwear. Forgetting fundamentals, like underwear, seemed illustrative of the craziness of the past few weeks. Thank goodness for the Bealls Department store in New Smyrna Beach.
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In the United States we love celebrating occasions- Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, un-birthdays, and, of course…Christmas. Do you “occasionally” find yourself dreading those holiday hassles?
As women, we are particularly prone to feeling responsible for holidays and special occasions. We shop for the perfect gifts and spend countless hours adorning packages with colorful paper and bows; we make endless trips to the grocery store buying food for feasts; we organize tree-trimming gatherings, and climb rickety ladders retrieving lights, ornaments and wreathes to decorate inside and out. We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past. Sometimes those memories don’t match the reality of the frenzy inherent in the festivities. Now, let me be quick to add, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. When I contemplated converting to Judaism in my former marriage, I was perfectly willing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and spend the day fasting in quiet contemplation on Yom Kippur. However, giving up Christmas was out of the question. But, just for the sake of this exercise, try imagining a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel as harried. What would your ideal holiday look and feel like?
Meet Santa Yogi. Santa Yogi reminds us to kick back and breathe through the frenzy of the holiday festivities. Let this symbol serve as a visual mantra reminding you to transcend the stress and schedules and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday. Namaste. Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. Happy Kwanzaa. Happy Boxer Day.
I’m a fan of Boomer Cafe and honored they published this storyhttp://www.boomercafe.com/which-generation-experiences-the-most-stress/
According to a February article in the Huffington Post, Millennials in the Millennial Generation (also known as Generation Y, those born in the early 1980s through the year 2000) are the most stressed out demographic group. A competing article, however, in The New York Times, also published in February, crowned Boomers as the demographic group most injured by the current recession and its aftermath.
As a Baby Boomer with Millennial children, I was curious as to what my peers thought about this issue. I was fascinated by the findings of a new BoomerOpinions survey asking the following question: Which of these two generations (the Boomers or the Millennials) do you think are undergoing the most stress as a result of the recent economic crisis? Fifty-one percent of the Baby Boomer respondents said they believed both generations were experiencing equal amounts of stress.
The data from this survey revealed Boomers are experiencing considerable anxiety about their adult children. Don’t forget these are the parents of the kids in the Millennial Generation, and Boomer parents tend to only be as happy as their saddest child. 41% say they consider it at least a somewhat serious problem that their children have incurred student loans; 45% say their adult children have been unable to find a job of their choice. Baby Boomers haven’t been labeled “Generation Squeeze” for naught. Thirty-one percent (31%) are caring for aging parents, while 33% are supporting adult children.
Admittedly I’m a little biased given my status as a Boomer, but in a stress competition, I would have to say Boomers win. They not only have to worry about their own financial plights, but those of their children as well. No matter how much our kids love us, they generally will assert their own needs before anyone else’s. Thus, their stress is focused on their own individual situation while Boomer anxiety is divided between themselves and their children. But, even if Boomers win in this contest, I don’t think the prize is one worth coveting.
If you are a Baby Boomer and would like to participate in BoomerOpinions online surveys, visit
http://boomers.micropanel.com/ to sign up. It is a cool site.
Boomers vs. Millennials
Christmas is approaching. It’s déj vu all over again as we face the prospect of endless shopping trips for perfect presents and food for feasts. We will make the annual pilgrimage to our attics, climbing rickety ladders retrieving ornaments, strands of burned out lights, and ceramic Santas. Garland and gifts gradually take over guest rooms. We will watch Miracle on 34th Street for the 34th time up to our elbows in cookie dough and wrapping paper. We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past. Now, let me be quick to add, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. When I contemplated converting to Judaism in my former marriage, I was perfectly willing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and spend the day fasting in quiet contemplation on Yom Kippur. However, giving up Christmas was out of the question. But, this year, why not try envisioning a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel as harried. Perhaps we just need a reminder to help us escape from the stress and schedules and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday.
“Santa’s 12 Tips for an Ideal Christmas” can help serve as that reminder. Go to www.idealizms.com to check out these Christmas cards with tips from Santa to help make the holiday season more enjoyable. Cards such as, “Breathe” features Santa seated in a lotus position on a yoga matt, and “Color Your Christmas” with Santa draped in colorful Christmas lights, are designed to inspire your holiday season. Interior reads, “Hope Your Holiday is Ideal”.