Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Good Coffee!

It’s 5:28 a.m. and I’ve been up for about an hour. I just finished writing a new installment on my fiction blog and the sun has started to cast its grey early morning shadows on a new day. Wednesday. Mid-week and it will be a busy day. Wait, perhaps I should rephrase that; it sounds too dark and I don’t mean it that way. It’s going to be an eventful day, an exciting day, a day full of opportunity and discovery, by even the most conservative estimation; it ought to be a good day.

It helps to go into it that way. An exceptional pot of coffee doesn’t hurt either. Sometimes it just comes out that way. I use the same “recipe,” the exact same procedure everyday, yet some days it’s better than good – it’s great. So is it the magic coffee that has set up the positive outlook? Indeed, perhaps the glass is half full… of coffee! Ok, I’ll quit deluding myself; all will not be smooth sailing today. If I am to be totally honest, I must acknowledge everything – I can’t possibly be this happy. Time to get real.

Real what? Real miserable? Not on your life! Here’s the deal, the keys to the kingdom, the magic, the stuff, the juice, the happy pills, the – whatever: Why would I want to bring this optimism crashing down? I am not deluding myself – I acknowledge that there will be challenges today. Personally, locally, nationally and globally there are issues that need attention. Today (which is all I’ve got anyway) gives me the opportunity to address these issues. If I feel that there is no hope, if I am negative right out of the gate, if all I see are problems and no solutions – then I might as well go back to bed… forever.

Negativity is a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you want everything to turn to mud, believe it will and it’s guaranteed. There is no chance for success without the belief that it is possible. And anything is possible. Look, I am not unique. Everyone has had and will have challenges to face. Everyone has experienced success and has prevailed over situations that looked completely hopeless going in. Often there was no choice, it was do or die – and we didn’t die. I know I have faced some seemingly insurmountable obstacles and I know of others that have faced even worse – and conquered them.

So when viewed in the sunlight of the past, today ain’t nuttin’. Whatever is there, I’ll make it through. The known challenges and the surprises alike, I’m ready. I am not deluded, I am not in lala land and I am not “only fooling” myself. I know that whatever this day dishes out, I have the attitude that allows for success, not the one that guarantees defeat. Today already is a good day.


michelle said...

I feel motivated just readiing your post today. Can I have some of that coffee?

mckay said...

sprinkle some of that good mood on me, mr!

Ellen said...

A nice perspective brought on by a good cup of java. Hope your day was exceptional!

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

I too feel inspired by your writings today.

Thank you for telling us about your fiction blog..I will check it out..

Like yourself, I am an early morning person, sometimes, too early, I must confess.

Have a good evening, and enjoy the coffee tomorrow as well.

X said...

I believe a positive attitude works wonders as well! Go happiness! :)

As for coffee...I'm such a coffee whore. I can't get through the day without the stuff! :)

BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Forgot to ask:

Where is Fairoaks, CA? Up north?

Michael K. Althouse said...

bfc ~ Eastern Sacramento County, right next to Folsom.

Bar L. said...

Yippee! I can finally leave a comment. I started my day with your post and agree with the lovely ladies above me (you have quite a harem going on) that you were very motivating and inspiring today, Mr. A!

Lee Ann said...

Yes, a positive attitude, sunshiney morning and a good cup of coffee...what a great way to start the day.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Darn I quit coffee!
I've never once thought for an instant that "...I am not unique..." ever! - I believe that to be a neg statement for the likes of an artist, n writer's are in the word-artist category.

My thoughts after reading: Every day has the potential to surprise us.
Good self-dialogue...

Helene said...

you are inspiring... I love to read what you write as often I can really feeeeel your mood coming through what you write. I confess that I do screen at times and surf the writing to see whats at the bottom of it... the mood that is. *wink

Have a great weekend

Michael K. Althouse said...

michelle ~ Maxwell house, but I doubt that the brand has much to do with it.

mck ~ consider yourself so annoited.

ellen ~ it was, and thank you.

bfc ~ another good pot just finished brewing, nit quite as mahical this morning, but good nonetheless.

oilf ~ caffeine is my last vice since quitting the smokes - gotta have it.

barb ~ blogger has been a pain. I see what you mean, curious, isn't it?

lee ann ~ you usually have a positive outlook too. I think it might be infectuous.

snaggle ~ I agree that we are all unique, I just meant that I am not unique in that I have had obstacles to overcome. Everyone has their demons.

kate ~ surf away. The mood here is intentionally positive, although I have posted some darker posts - for the most part it's happy land over here!

Biker Betty said...

Ahhh, ya gotta love that coffee. I must start my day with a cup or two. I love your ideas about how to start the day. Tried to post twice before, but "blogger troubles" wouldn't let me (lol).

Snaggle Tooth said...

I thought it was interesting for you to feel a part of a bigger machine instead of giving your-self special treatment there to get your mood up.

When I chose the coffee brand, it was always Maxwell House!

I never thought of myself as a harem-girl before!