But at least I own it… and I embrace it. Hopefully you do too, otherwise you wouldn’t be here.
Agreed? Okay…read on….
Ya’ know that movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?” I keep thinking about the similarities between that and “Gratitude Addict!” Once I point them out to you, you will be as stunned as I was to catch the uncanny parallels!
One of my fave characters (my fave is Andrea Martin…she’s a freakin’ riot!) is Toula’s dad, Gus….the owner of the diner, “Dancing Zorbas” (played by Michael Constantine). He’s so cute and funny and feels like he has ALL the power as the man of the house when really the women just make him THINK he does! lol
One of my fave things about him is how he believes that EVERY word is derived from a Greek word. There’s one scene where he’s driving a young Toula (his daughter who is embarrassed to be Greek) and her non-Greek friend in the back of his car. Being the proud Greek man that he is, he challenges the friend to give him a word….ANY word at all….and he will show her how it is derived from a Greek word.
So Toula’s clever friend gives him the word “kimono” which, of course, is NOT in any way, shape, or form derived from a Greek word. But that doesn’t stop Gus from twisting and turning the word, as so:
“Kimono is come from the Greek word ‘himona’, is mean ‘winter.’ So, what do you wear in the wintertime to stay warm? A robe. You see? ‘robe’, ‘kimono.’ There you go!”
So how does that apply to this site, you ask?
I was thinking about my fave word gratitude. You know….that word this site is based on?
Since completing my self-imposed, year-long challenge of my “Gratitude Project” last year…I’ve been getting pretty cocky when it comes to gratitude. I’ve kind of been claiming that I can find the gratitude in just about ANY situation. Just like Toula’s dad can make any word GREEK…I can turn any situation into a GRATITUDE!
I’ve been strutting my stuff all over town saying things like…
“Hey…I’m grateful for this bad-hair day….it makes me appreciate the good-hair days even more!”
Or how about this lovely one?
“Okay, okay…I may have gotten this STUPID TICKET FOR TAILGATING (ticket is true…tailgating is NOT!!!), but I’m grateful that at least I was sober.”
Yes…I’m TOTALLY grateful for my sobriety! If only this jerk officer of the law had given me a field sobriety test! I’d be made in the shade! But…NO…now I have to hire an attorney when he was going 30 in a 45?!! Gimme a freakin….
….all of a sudden this post has taken an angry turn.
Another one of Toula’s dad’s little idiosyncracies was that he claimed that spraying a little Windex on various ailments was a cure-all for everything. He would go around squirting people’s skin rashes and apparently this blue liquid panacea from heaven even got rid of a wedding-day zit on the face of Toula’s husband-to-be, Ian.
Let’s squirt some Windex!!….let’s find one more gratitude here and turn it around..
Okay..I am grateful for my two favorite things right now: This awesome audiobook given to me by a pal in my online FB chronic pain group written by Lauren Graham (Lorelai from ‘Gilmore Girls’!) who I think may be my long-lost twin as she SHOCKINGLY shares my EXACT same twisted sense of humor. We do share the same name, after all.
Lauren is just adorable, smart, witty, honest, and a breath of fresh air. If you’ve loved her in Gilmore Girls or Parenthood…I guarantee that you will love her even more after reading this.
I must alert her that she’s my new bff. I’ll add that to my ‘to-do’ list for tomorrow…
And then there are my new sriracha socks. I don’t think any other explanation is required as to why I’m grateful for them, is there?
So that’s my case for showing you all the super duper crazy similarities between “Gratitude Addict” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Just as Gus is able to show how EVERY word is derived from a Greek word…..I am able to turn ANY situation into a gratitude. Easy peasy…?
I wish you all peace, love, laughs, and gratitude. And if you’re having a hard time coming up with a gratitude of your own…squirt some Windex on yourself and one will come to you.
**RETRO COMMERCIAL OF THE POST!!!
Admittedly, I, Lauren Zalewski,(“Jingle Woman”) do not remember this jingle. Do any of you? Check out a very young Steve Guttenberg polishing up the chrome. And HEY!!! Did that woman just use the same Windex-drenched paper towel she wiped the wall with and then put it on her kid’s face? Somebody alert DYFS!!!!
Lauren has lived with lupus & fibromyalgia for 18 years & is the founder of the FB group, "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain (AoG.)" Also a recovering alcoholic, Lauren discovered the power of GRATITUDE during her recovery for that as well as in dealing with her chronic illness. In 2016 she embarked on her "Gratitude Project" by writing an essay on one new thing that she was grateful for every day on Facebook for the entire year. It was that project that sparked the website gratitudeaddict.com and she's currently writing a book called "Attitude of Gratitude with Chronic Pain" based on how living with the intention of gratitude has changed her life with chronic pain as well as the lives of the thousands of members of AoG. Lauren also sits on the Board of Trustees and is Social Media Coordinator for Chronic Pain Anonymous. #GetYourGratitudeOn