Choosing
October 6th, 2010

I was walking to my company’s IT help desk on Monday and as I made my way through a sea of cubicles something popped out at me.  A printed version of the poster below was taped to someone’s file cabinet, and it made me smile. 

I love the idea of a bird with a French fry.  I love the idea that upon finding such deep fried goodness a little robin or sparrow thinks he has struck gold.  He is not stuck with acorns or pinecones or even birdseed.  He has a French fry, and that is a happy occasion for a bird, to be sure. 

I also love the implicit concept of choice in this funky little mantra.  This kind of happiness is not reserved for birds with French fries.  It can be mine too, but only if I choose it.

I am surrounded by first-world problems: I have a BlackBerry and I want an iPhone.  I’m not sure I love the hair color that my stylist and I picked out last weekend.  I haven’t had the time to make dinner reservations for our vacation to Washington, DC later this fall.  And so on.  Woe is me, right?

Sayings like this one about the bird and the French fry cut straight to the heart of the matter for me.  Somehow the silliness of it casts a bright light on the lunacy of my discontent.  I am healthy and I have a job.  I have a solid marriage and good relationships with my family.  I have a lovely home and the means to travel.  I have satisfying friendships, hobbies, and interests.  And I have a son more perfect than I ever could have imagined.  Truly, I want for nothing.

And yet I (we all) find things to lament.  Little things.  Meaningless things.  I have problems that millions of other people would kill to have. 

I’m not a big complainer.  And I don’t believe that I should stifle my every frustration just because someone else in this world is in worse shape than I.  But I have a choice.  Every day that I wake up I can choose to be as happy as a bird with a French fry.  And I think that frame of mind sounds like a delightful way to spend a day.

**************************************************

This poster was created by Etsy artisan “dazeychic” and is available for purchase here.

6 Responses to “Choosing”

  1. Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities Says:

    Oh, how I love this. Thanks for the reminder of choice. Thanks for the smile :)

  2. Anne@lifeinpencil.com Says:

    Love it!! Plus, it reminds me of our Mom, who’s always giving birds toast at the local breakfast joint.

  3. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    That is so freaking awesome! I’m going to write it down and hang it up in my office. Right now.

  4. BigLittleWolf Says:

    Adorable image! (Might this little bird have six french fries??)

  5. Cathy Says:

    It definitely helps to have a mantra and to keep perspective. One of mine is, “Believe in yourself and the magic will happen.” Silly, but sometimes necessary to repeat in my head five times, just so it sinks in. Bird with a french fry – that’s good too.

  6. Tweets that mention Ten Dollar Thoughts » Blog Archive » Choosing -- Topsy.com Says:

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Happiness Inside, Kathryn. Kathryn said: Love this post….Be happier than a bird with a french fry http://tendollarthoughts.com/2010/10/06/choosing/ [...]