"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart. "
-Rumi

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Death of the Reusable Grocery Bags

So I am all for the use of reusable grocery bags. I think there is no need to waste resources and to make so many plastic bags. They will probably just end up in a landfill anyways. I can't say that I am always the best at remembering to take them to the store, but I have been getting better at it.

I went grocery shopping the other day and took 3 of my reusable grocery bags with me. I didn't have a ton of groceries, and they would have easily fit within in three bags. They lady who was checking me out asked, "how heavy do you want them?" I said, "Just spread the groceries between the 3 bags. I don't want them to be heavy." I guess she wasn't listening or thought she knew better. She ended up cramming all my purchases into only 2 of the bags. As a result, they were overly heavy and awkward to carry. In the end, one of them ended up ripping.

This isn't the first time this has happened. It hasn't been at the same store either. Why is that the cashiers feel a need to cram all of my things into fewer bags than is reasonable? They wouldn't bag groceries that way in a plastic sack. Why do they do it with reuable ones? If it's because of the 5 cents they need to rethink this plan. It's a joke to say that they are encouraging shoppers to use these bags to save the environment. They are just being greedy and causing their customers problems. It's just plain frustrating!

I still plan to use the bags (well the ones I have left).

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Outlooks

I have noticed that in recent days it has not taken much for my mood to change from positive/optimistic to frustrated and downtrodden. I have not been a fan of how much it has been happening. Generally, I am extremely optimistic and peppy about life. I like being like that. It keeps me going even during the rough patches. I have been trying to figure out what needs to change so that I can continue to be the peppy person that I have the tendency to be. I don't know that I have figured out exactly what needs to change, but I feel like I am taking steps in the right direction.

I found a quote today that I think is going to be helpful. It should help keep things in perspective!
Dennis & Wendy Mannering once said, "Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?"

I suppose at first glance, this isn't the most astounding quotation ever, but at the same time, if you stop to think about it, it is quite profound. If you have a negative attitude, why would people want to be around you? Enthusiasm, joy, happiness, etc are contagious. I would hope that my family, friends, and coworkers see me as an enthusiastic and upbeat person. If I really analyze what's been going on in my life, it's not that bad. I am very blessed live the life I do. I have an amazing family, a wonderful boyfriend, caring friends, and great coworkers. I have an adorable dog. My goal is to start focusing on the good and learn to move past the frustrating elements. They are bound to happen, but there is no reason I have to let them get me down.

Wishing you all a blessed day!