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Posts Tagged ‘Luck’

The Wishing Year, Part Dos

Posted by saraherthanyou on November 12, 2009

After my post on Monday, I went outside to enjoy the gorgeous day (what up global warming?) and continue reading The Wishing Year. I found spot outside Starbucks in the sun and dove in. I made it to the “May” chapter where Noelle Oxenhandler examines other authors’ takes on wishes. She says that, on beginning her own experience, she had to follow American philosopher and psychologist William James’ practice of “a willing suspension of disbelief.”

Needless to say that I almost fell out of my chair. I used almost the exact same phrase on Monday to describe by decision to join the Mondo Beyondo class. You know that sense you get when you read about something and then suddenly everywhere you turn, you hear about it, friends are talking about it, it’s on TV? That’s how I’m trying to frame wishing in my mind. Once I put the wish out there, I’ll become more aware of the opportunities to make it come true.


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A Year of Wishing

Posted by saraherthanyou on November 9, 2009

The Wishing YearI’m currently breezing through The Wishing Year: A House, A Man, My Soul, which I first heard about from my Mondo Beyondo class. After learning more about Noelle Oxenhandler, the author, I was hooked because she is so down-to-earth even though her book is about dreaming and wishing. And so far, that holds true. I think the best part about the book for me is that Noelle is a skeptic, she doesn’t immediately believe that her wishes will come true, even though she is giving herself a year focused on wishing.

Noelle discusses her religious background and how the Catholic part feels that you can only wish and pray for things that benefit others, such as wishing that a family whose house burned down will find a new shelter or someone who is gravely ill recovers. She reflects that she isn’t brazen enough to put her wishes out there as others she encounters, which is something I can relate to.

I’m a skeptic, for sure, and the whole Mondo Beyondo idea was a project in suspending disbelief. I want to believe that we can get everything any of us wish for by focusing and keeping the mind open to opportunities. But the skeptic wonders if we truly deserve everything we wish for. That’s what appeals to me most about Noelle’s book. She decides what she wants at the beginning of the year and, during the first few months of the project, she keeps those wishes close to the vest.

I’ve only read through April, so I’ll have to update this once I’ve completed the book.

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Happy Unemployment to You Too

Posted by saraherthanyou on September 23, 2009

So last week, as I was lamenting my first full month of unemployment, I also had my HVAC unit serviced. The two events weren’t related. So the service company comes out to do my fall servicing (that’s what she said) and I was relieved because it was covered under the cost of a yearly contract, which I had already paid.

Except it’s never that easy. See, while I replaced the HVAC unit in my apartment about 2 years ago, the rooftop unit is about as old as me. You can see where this is going. The service dude finds problems. The short of it is, we can either replace the rooftop unit now (and pay $2400) or pay a couple hundred to patch it up and wait for it to die. Knowing my luck, it’ll die in the middle of winter and we’d freeze for a few days before it could be replaced.

So I’m sucking it up and replacing it now. Not the best time for it and certainly not an expense I had budgeted for, but I might not be better off if it dies in a few months and I’m still unemployed.

Ah, the joys of home ownership.

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