Some days, I just don’t know what to write about. On most occasions, there are a blue million things running through my mind. And I have to narrow my focus. But. Then. Some evenings the inside of my brain feels as empty as a cookie jar after a visit from the Cookie Monster. Easy trade-off though. I love the Cookie Monster. Better than Grover, or Ernie, or even Beaker. There’s a lot to be said of a person with a one-track mind, at times. They certainly can be driven. Like the Cookie Monster.
Monsters, in general, have gotten a bad wrap. Take Frankenstein. He was totally misunderstood. He just wanted a little loving, that’s all. And Dracula? Can you blame him? I mean, how many of us have gone out in the middle of the night, all buzzed up, and hit the White Castle? Dracula is just on a different path. And don’t get me started on the Mummy.
But, thankfully, Pixar came around, and produced the Monsters, Inc. series of movies. Sully. Mike. Boo. There’s nothing like a sweet Monster, The Cookie Man included.
But look at me, I have steered myself clear off the path. Again. I don’t have a thought in my head tonight — no topic forthcoming — and I sit down for two minutes at the keyboard and I am telling you all the nuances of the Cookie Monster.
No. Tonight I was going to write from my Mailbox. My Email Box. I have a folder there called “To Write.” And anytime I get an email of interest, or one that may be funny, or quirky, I drag it into my “To Write” folder. At last count, there were 1,094 separate items in that box. Apparently, I find a lot interesting, that I may just want to write about someday.
So just a few minutes ago, I spun the mouse wheel and randomly selected one, vowing that no matter where it landed, that would be my topic.
I spun, and it hit on a “Word of the Day” from Webster. The date on the submission is January 3, 2015. And the word is “peremptory” \puh-REMP-tuh-ree. It is an adjective and it means things like arrogant, cavalier, high-and-mighty, high-handed, pompous, pretentious, self-asserting, superior, uppity.
I am not sure why I chose to save this word, back in 2015. I’m not real crazy about people who are peremptory. Not one bit. In fact, thinking you are superior, or better than someone, causes big problems in this world. The thinking that someone is “less” than you because of religious views, or political leanings, or skin color, or sexuality. Or because they like cookies. They like cookies like crazy. And they don’t care about what you think, because having a cookie is way more important than cavalier-, bumptious-, arrogant-you. Cookie. Cookie. Cooooookieeee.
Good & Wholesome Monsters. Cookie Zen.
It just might save the planet.
And tonight, my mind is as empty and clear as the cookie jar.
See you guys? It is working.
“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. ” — Shunryu Suzuki
“Wherever you are, you are one with the clouds and one with the sun and the stars you see. You are one with everything. That is more true than I can say, and more true than you can hear.” — Shunryu Suzuki
“The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.” — Shunryu Suzuki