Zombie Emergency Procedures

I sit here struggling to find something to write about. After all, not every day is filled with drama or brilliant insights. In fact, much of my life is very mundane. I get up; I drive to my job (I’m a writer); I do my assignments; I come back home. I repeat that pattern day after day, week after week.

See, like I said…not much drama. In talking to other people, I discovered that they pretty much think the same thing about their own lives, although some add a bit about caring for kids, pets, or elders. But overall, we’re all somehow the same—just simple people trying to get through the days of our lives.

But what are we trying to get through to? We always say that, “I’m just trying to get through the day,”or “…the week,” or “…the month.” But why? What’s at the end of the day, week, or month? What prize or goal awaits us once we reach that destination?

Are we all so focused on that “prize” that we’re not seeing the prize in the day that we’re living?

“Oh, it’s just the same as yesterday,” “They’re all just the same,” “Every day is just the same…you know, work, stress…but come the weekend…”

Are we all so sure that every day is really just the same as the one before it? And why can’t we enjoy ourselves now? Why do we have to wait for that “prize”?

Look around, is the weather really exactly the same as yesterday? Maybe today there are clouds—why don’t you take a moment to see what shapes are hidden in those clouds? What about taking a moment to just have a daydream with your lunch? And what did you eat for lunch yesterday? Today? Last week? Do you even remember?

Are the phone calls you’re getting today really the same as yesterday or last week? Aren’t the callers at least different people than last week? Isn’t there some humor in the joke that your cube mate just told you? Are the flowers outside your building blooming today? Were they blooming yesterday, or did you even notice that there were flowers? Did you take a moment to send your significant other a simple “I love you…” or an “I miss you…” message? Did they send you one?

While each day is similar, they truly aren’t the same. And if we let ourselves start ignoring the differences, then the days blend together in a somber dull grayness. And pretty soon those gray dull days begin to drain the life out of us and everyone around us. Eventually we all stop living and begin to simply just exist. We all start going through the days of our lives like zombies.

So, take a moment to look around, really look. Notice the sun on your face, or the rain drops on the windows.

See the colors of the flowers that speckle the gardens, and notice the people around you. Share a joke, a word, a moment with your cube mates, your family, your friends, and realize that you have a marvelous life that you share with marvelous people. Let those people know that you care, acknowledge them, and make them feel alive. Save someone from being a zombie…and you might just save yourself.

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