Some ideas are so great it’s great to use them more than once.
(Using the same word in the same sentence twice isn’t a great idea. Oops. I did it again.) Think about some great ideas in history. Playing football on Thanksgiving? Great. Let’s do it again. The beautiful and comedic Elizabeth Banks on a real estate commercial?
You can’t have greats without grrs, however. A grr is … playing football in a stadium like Heinz Field in Pittsburg, where it’s impossible to kick a field goal on one end. Ever. Or … persistent ads on Pandora for problems of men my age.
My friend Cricket writes a blog called Cricketmuse. She wrote a guest post here listing her Greats and Grrs. It was a hit. She even it for her own blog with another list. I’m going to string it out once more and write one for mine.
And hope it doesn’t flop like Zoolander 2. Or the Oakland raiders in the playoffs.
Grrs – easily turned to Greats
I love this concept! Well, yes, the raiders flopping, but mostly Cricket’s idea. What I love is how you can turn a grr into a great, very easily.
Grr: Rough morning, when you don’t want to leave your oldest daughter’s company
Great: Getting to work, realizing you have a fantastic team that makes you feel good about yourself.
Here are others.
Grr: Commutes of sometimes more than an hour for work.
Great: A compelling or inspiring audiobook to help pass the time.
Grr: Checking in on your favorite baseball team, which leads 8-5 in late innings. Checking back later to see they’ve lost 12-8.
Great: They’re still in first place!
Grr: A sweltering day as a chaperone in an amusement park full of noisy teenagers.
Great: Getting three kids to watch over who are funny, energetic, respectful and … did I mention funny?
Grr: A breakfast counter running out of croissants after I’ve ordered.
Great: The cook finding a stash of croissants when I ask to just cancel my order.
Grr: The Denver Broncos missing the playoffs the season after they win the Super Bowl.
Great: The Denver Broncos ending their season with a resounding victory against a hated rival.
Grr: Losing a high school girls playoff game by mercy rule (9-0) to a hated rival.
Great: Getting the biggest win in program history two days before at the field of a highly-ranked team – and finding a pizza place after each game to have dinner with your team.
Grr: Having no room in the camper for you and your youngest to sleep.
Great: Sleeping under the stars in the perfect night air.
Grr: Buying rad college hoodies for my girls – and forgetting where I’ve packed them.
Great: Knowing that if I can find them, I’ll have a few gifts knocked out for birthdays.
Grr: Getting stuck with crappy Wi-Fi.
Great: Remembering the deck of UNO cards you stashed in your backpack.
Grr: When you crave an afternoon sugar hit – but it’s only 11 in the morning.
Great: That Romanian girl on your team sending out an email offering macaroons – and she’s only two desks away (also, that her French friend hasn’t offed the rest of them.)
Grr: Living in a nation bereft with political strife and incessant protests.
Great: Living in a nation where you can speak out and protest – or have the right to have your own opinion about such protests, and ignore them.
Grr: Being too short to dunk a basketball (or be a stormtrooper.)
Great: Being short enough to ride comfortably in most cars. (And not hit your head on chandeliers. Also, being just tall enough to occasionally help a shorter person reach the top shelf at the grocery store.)
Grr: Having a kid off to college in a distant town.
Great: Getting a call from that kid in the morning on her way to class.
Grr: The demands of a new job with a needed purpose.
Great: The opportunity to help a company that has treated you well, and test yourself and your resolve.
Grr: Raising a child so tough you wonder if you’ve gone too far.
Great: Seeing that child quietly take care of those around her.
Grr: Having an adventurous child you must keep eyes on.
Great: Being alongside her for some of her adventures.
Grr: Not having the time to read all the blogs your friends write
Great: Knowing you’ll never run out of awesome reads.
Grr: The cost of living.
Great: Having a family to live for.
What about you? What are some Grrs and Greats in your life? (Some will feel like first-world problems. That made me cringe at first, but you know what? These are our realities, and we shouldn’t feel guilty when some of our ills are minor in the world view.
They’re still our ills. And there’s still an upside to recognizing that!