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24 November 2009 @ 12:28 am
Because one day of Thanksgiving is not enough (1 of 7)  

This year, like the past several years, one of the ways that I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving is by posting about some of the things for which I'm thankful this year, and all the time. Life is, even at its most challenging, full of unexpected riches of blessings that I want to call them out to myself here. I know many of you do this at other times of year; anyone who's so inclined should feel free to join me in this.

I'm thankful for bad judgement. Well, questionable judgement, really. Not the bad judgement that's marked by that one-drink-too-many (sorry, y'all) but the questionable judgement that's marked by staying out too late on a school night because life's too short to always be reasonable and prudent. This is a spirit that's central to who I want to be for myself, to take life by the lapels, fling it into the hottub, and dive in after it with a bottle of champagne in each hand.

Most of the time, I think I'm much more measured than that, but I'm getting better at letting myself go with those moments of questionable judgement and seeing where they lead. It's often somewhere beautiful, profound, and unexpected.

And, yes, sometimes it's not so nice. But those things teach me something important, too, about myself, my friends, loves, and family.

I guess it would be contradictory to hope that I get better at having questionable judgement -- would that tranform it into a weird kind of good judgement? So instead I'll just hope that I can keep closing my eyes and making the leap in ways that work out, because it's a hell of a thing.

Eratic Philosopher & Gentleman Hobo: i have things brewing in my headchillguru on November 24th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
i absolutely love this concept of the positive ramifications of questionable judgment. it's something i used to embrace a lot more in myself, so i think i'll take this as a reminder that it's not always a bad thing.
Sapere Aude: hennaprimal_pastry on November 24th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ditto! I don't tend to think of it as "questionable", though, since every major decision I've ever made that worked out well was a matter of taking a big leap of faith.
sabriel: downward gaze_sabriel_ on November 25th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
here's hoping!
In the last six months,
I have engaged in ALL SORTS of questionable judgement.
I am happier and more at peace then I have been in a long, long time.
I'm posting here to let you know that it's my hope that perhaps, one day,
our acts of questionable judgement will serendipitously occur at the same time/place.