"Because you are alive, everything is possible."

~Thich Nhat Hanh

Don't you just love the positiveness of that statement?  I will admit that I am not a believer of the "anyone can do anything anytime" philosophy.  Not in the real world.  We all have limitations of one kind or another whether they're self imposed or imposed by the necessities of our lives.  But, I do like to contemplate the world of possibilities out there.  It reminds me that life can be as good as I want it to be.

We finished up the last of the once-a-year doctor visits last night with a visit to the eye doctor.  I had to get my pupils dilated because I have had an increase in floaters (which is to be expected by age but can also be an indicator of retinal tears).  I hate this.  It's only a few hours but I can't see and it's frustrating.  Fortunately, it was evening and by the time we got home and settled, it was almost time for bed so I listened to my audio book and went to bed (where I slept like a stone).  Our eyes checked out fine and Pk got new glasses.  I chose to keep the ones I already have since there's no appreciable change in my vision.

Now, it's just every 12 week bp checkups.  I don't mind those.  I like my doctor and I am aware of the importance of monitoring the bp so I willingly go.

I got a text last night from my niece telling me how much she enjoyed the yak festival.  Since it was over a week ago, I wondered why she had waited so long to tell me.  Turns out she was grounded and just got her phone back.  I was such a good kid (really more of an afraid kid) that I never got grounded.  I was too scared to break the rules.  My father had quite a quick temper and I didn't want to see it any more than I had to.  My brother was a different story.  I swear he did things just to get in trouble.  And now I chuckle to myself as I watch his son do the same thing.

We're having a luncheon for the people who are being laid off on Friday.  I can't decide if this is a good thing or in really poor taste.  The last time we had layoffs, back in the 90's, the folks involved chose not to have anything.  This time, I understand, they have agreed it's a good idea.  I think it's kind of odd but I'll go and say my good byes. 

I'm saying goodbye to the Day Program that I worked in for 9 years and that holds a special place in my heart today.  The Learning Center is closing.  It's a day program for adults with intellectual disabilites and because of the budget cuts is undergoing such a radical change that it's easier to officially close one program and open another.  They're having a brunch and as an old staff member, I'm invited.  I made a dvd with photos from those years for the director (one of the folks being laid off).  There will be tears......

It's dark out in the mornings when we leave for work now.  Dark enough for the streetlights to still be lit.  It's disheartening to be heading off to work in the dark.  And it's only October.  Returning to regular time will help somewhat for a while and that's in about 10 days.  I don't think I've ever looked forward to the end of daylight savings so eagerly.

The message light on my phone is glowing bright red so I guess I should get to it.  Have a good day y'all.


Saren Johnson said…
I'm sure there will be tears at the potluck also.
Roxie said…
Layoffs are so hard to handle well. It's encouraging to people to know they will be missed. It gives them confidence in their search for another job.
Galad said…
Layoffs are tough, including for those still working.The routines and responsibilities change but one doesn't want to complain about having a job. Saying goodbye at least gives everyone some closure and tears are healing.
DrK said…
thats hard, the lay offs. i think its a good chance for those people to be celebrated, rather than just disappearing. im glad you're ok though. and i love that quote, its perfect for where im at right now :)
Taphophile said…
Hearbreaking to say goodbye.

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