The lighten-up-and-have-more-fun team

Fayteen and I had a great lunch last week.

We both needed to talk, and we both needed someone to listen.

Fayteen was worried about Ranna, her daughter who is battling breast cancer, and was asking herself if there was anything she could have done differently when the cancer was diagnosed. Was there anything that would have made it easier for Ranna to get well?

I was feeling the after-vacation slump. I was still a bit tired and thinking about all the things I needed to do to catch up, all the things I want to accomplish before the end of the year.

“I think we’re a lot alike,” Fayteen finally said. “Sometimes we both try to be perfect, and sometimes we’re both too serious. Sometimes we both need to lighten up and have more fun.”

We both laughed and decided we felt better. We vowed to lighten up.

That evening, I talked to a friend who just moved into a new house. She was discouraged because she still is unpacking boxes. “You need to join our team,” I told her. “It’s the we’re-going-to-be-less-serious-and-we’re-not-going-to-try-to-be-perfect-and-we’re-going-to-have-more-fun club.”

–Joy

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