Today, I went thrift shopping for the forest time in AGES! In the process of getting back it there to do one of my favorite pastimes, I nofelt a renewed sense of autonomy after being holed up for so long (thanks 2029. I’m looking at you, COVID-19).
While I was shopping, I found the most amazing book. I love finding things like books and games and photographs and paintings at the thrift store. Each one of these items has a story behind them that takes me to this creative and somewhat romantic place. I think about the person who owns this item before me and about what story the item has to tell.
This particular book is called Bounce Back. And what I love about it is that it was such an easy book to open and flip to any page to find some quick uplifting message and an immediate action that you can take to move away from feelings of sadness, grief, loss, victimhood, depression, or even overwhelmment. You name the negative emotion, and I bet you can find a solution on the pages of this book.
I think about the person who owned this book before me and I wonder if they’re living their best life right now. This is the kind of book that you could use all the time, at lots of different points in life: the kind of book that would last a lifetime. UNLESS… You are already fully (and permanently) living of your bliss – kind of like the person who must have dropped this book off at the thrift store. I’m happy for that person; better still, I’m happy for me too because FINDERS KEEPERS (a rule that applies mostly at thrift stores).
One of the my favorite pointers is tip #55 “Dance Your Heartache Out” which has a list of songs that seem completely and utterly IMPOSSIBLE not to sing if your heard them being played. Some of my personal favorites from the list are “I Can See Clearly Now”, “The Banana Boat Song,” and “I Will Survive,” but there were many more. I dare you to play one of these doozies on the best speakers in your house and see what happens (personal prediction: you can’t make it 90 seconds without starting to sing right along).
To that end, I felt it was only right to add some of my favorites to the playlist that I made to keep our spirits up. I realize it’s Monday. Yes, that also means I know it’s not Friday… nor Philharmonic Friday. But hey, sometimes you gotta break the rules, do a little something different, like maybe Dance Your Heartache Away.