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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Retro Housewife Survival Guide - The Scarlett O'Hara

My daughter called me early this morning - she had been up since five worrying about anything she might have forgotten to worry about before and had added two new topics - one of which also keeps me up at night: How in the world to pay for all this.

I did what I always do when I am in a predicament that seems overwhelming. I pull a Scarlett O'Hara. I will think about this tomorrow. She has gotten me through more of life's trials than I can count.

I think of her at Tara at the end of the war, with nothing to eat and a whole lot of people depending on her. The damn Yankees want $300 in taxes and that might as well have been a million. I know she's fictional - but at the same time I know she exists and that there are thousands of Scarletts in the world - maybe even millions - and can be found in every corner of the world. They just don't all have southern accents.

Scarlett is not a procrastinator - she just knows her limits and respects them. She deals with what she can now, and doesn't let the things she can't control overwhelm her. This gives her the strength to wait for an opportunity to come along and when it does, she pounces.

New opportunities come along all the time - so make sure you keep your wits about you so that you a) recognize them and b) can pounce.

Practice pouncing.

Pounce like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh. Think of that insane grin Tigger wears on his face while pouncing.

Tigger Standup

Boing Boing Boing.

Feel better? If not, pounce and grin until you do.

Then, and only then should you even consider thinking about your future. It just got a little brighter, though.


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