Thursday, June 15, 2006


I have a picnic-enabled car. My car's trunk ALWAYS has the following in it:
1. One El Grande Travel Table.
2. Two Coordinating Travel Chairs.
3. A basket with : paper plates, napkins, paper cups, paper towels, handi-wipes, plastic forks/knives/spoons , a tablecloth, a can opener, a corkscrew, a paring knife, a pair of scissors, some plastic trash bags, a few ziplock bags.
4. A set of binoculars and a good birding guide.
5. At least one unread book.
6. The cooler, while not in the car, is in the garage, very near the car.

At the drop of a hat I can throw some munchies in a bag or stop off at a market and BINGO, it is instant picnic time. I do not have to prepare more than a few minutes.

The reason for this, is that if I had to prepare everything, I wouldn't do it -- or I would find myself in some lovely area and think -- "If only I had a table..." or "It only I had picnic stuff.." or "If I could just set up a chair and read."

I love the spontenaity this affords to my friends and me. In fact just yesterday a friend and I had a spontaneous picnic at Cheesequake State Park near where she lives. It was really quite splendid.

Today it has me thinking of how many ways my life may be prepared for sadness or emergency, compared to how I might additionally prepare it for joy. I have health insurance, car insurance, home insurance, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher or two. I have a list of emergency numbers and people who know how to use them. I have a will, with an executor with a list of instructions. I have a health-care proxy with a primary and an alternate proxy. I have a living will. If I travel, people know my itinerary "just in case". I have fire alarms and CO2 alarms in my home. I even have a no-slip rubber mat in my shower. OK that is a lot on the emergency/sad side.

On the joy-readiness side I have a picnic kit.

I think I need more joy-preparedness in my life. Any ideas? "


Blogger Rainbow dreams said...

Oh heck - I don't even have the picnic kit! I always have the book though :-)and the music in the car...
there is water in the tap and a kettle, my door is always open and I can nearly always find a few minutes to spare, but actual preparations I rely on team work I suppose...
Need to sleep on this one - guess what I'll be sorting tomorrow? ;-)

4:41 PM  
Blogger samtzmom said...

Joy readiness! YES! We all need more joy readiness... now you've got my mind thinking! What a lovely post Mata!

7:08 AM  
Blogger Maggie Rose said...

oh yes. so agree with you, Mata

when I think of being prepared for joy, I naturally think of right-brain activities especially drawing, making music, dancing, and telling jokes

the "kits" I've personally used (and can recommend but really there are so many kits available for our choosing) are

1. Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way and practice sketching everywhere I go
2. John M. Ortiz's The Tao of Music to match my music to my moods to either lift me up or calm me down...and that's a great "kit" to have available
3. dancing...I just get up and move about, especially to black spiritual music so I download particular music to my computer
4. Humor Matters dot com and building a joke file

now I'm really bad at telling jokes. just don't have a knack for it. too serious and analytical, no doubt. but hey G-d loves me as I am. ;-)

so I actually have to practice joke telling...which means I have to practice with someone while really trying to get a natural laugh response from them. *yikes* long-suffering friendships! bless their hearts

also I listen to Garrison Keillor and the way he delivers his humor and try to teach myself some of those techniques

anyhoo. those are my four best suggestions for being prepared for inviting joy into life

gee. I seem to take even joy-preparedness seriously

Maggie Rose

7:14 AM  

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