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I gather up papers strewn around my backseat. As on most weekends, I thought I’d work at home a bit, but I never made the time for it. Before I leave my car, I take a minute to asses the status of my career, in what is becoming my Monday ritual.

I’ve been at Favored-Flavors, a national premium ice cream manufacturer, for nearly six years. Part of me adores my job, especially the fun marketing events I get to plan and attend. Plus, I have tremendous freedom– now that I run the whole Special Events department. (Okay, it’s a department of two, but who’s counting?) I make enough in this position that I was able to buy my own adorable house last year, rather than wait, as my none-too-optimistic mother constantly nagged, until I “maybe, someday, reel in a man.”

But the other part of me wishes– well, let’s just say there are probably nicer people in Sing Sing than around here. In truth, I’ve started to dread having to deal with them. I’d love to find a job where I didn’t have to constantly watch out for sharpened knives aimed at my back. And wouldn’t it be great to do something meaningful? I mean, when you get down to basics, I spend my day shilling some of the world’s most copiously caloried concoctions. I’m well aware that our product is part of the reason so many kids have type 2 diabetes that it’s no longer called an adult-onset disease. But I have no idea what that better job might be.

Now I also let my mind roll into an area I’ve been avoiding: assessing the status of my life. With all this anger and road rage I’ve had lately, I don’t even recognize myself. I mean, haven’t I always taken pride in being nice? Well, at least there was the woman at the on-ramp. And last week, I did let a guy at Saks have the last pair of purple cashmere gloves for his girlfriend’s birthday gift, even though my credit card was already out of my wallet when he sauntered up to the counter. Those gloves were adorable, but I felt joyful handing them over. Plus, my girlfriends would describe me as caring and considerate– or they would have, until recently. I’m not really sure what my pals would say today. With all these short-tempered bursts of indignations…

Resigned to the fact that I’m not going to figure everything out today, I button my coat to steel myself against the winter morning and step outside. The chill bites my nose, so I keep my chin tucked into my bright green wool coat. As I trek to the front of the building, lulling myself into a mental trance with the steady click of my boot heels, I wonder if there’s anything to what that Robbins woman said. Maybe if I emphasize the good things more…


Excerpted from Downward Dog, Upward Fog by Meryl Davids Landau. Published by Alignment Publishing Company.

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7:10AM PDT on Oct 3, 2011

It's so easy to connect with Loma. Just like many women, Loma is confused about the direction that her life is taking. Loma hasn't fallen in love with the right guy the way she (and her mother) imagined she would. Now that she is in her 30's Loma compares herself to her more successful sister Anna and wishes she could find more meaning in her own life. This chapter leaves me wondering what will happen next?

11:27PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011


6:42PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Interesting but ...

I'd like to understand the concept within the title.

Any ideas ?

1:41PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Omigosh. This is ME! (Is that funny or sad?) I'll have to read the rest of this book because I'm really tired of being this way when I know I used to be so much nicer and can (hopefully!) be again.

9:52AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

HA HA I see myself and every other person in little glimpses in this. Wonderful, light, funny, and still a guidance to self discovery and we are not alone.

8:28AM PDT on Sep 27, 2011

Sounds like a book I need to read. Lately my frustrations are out all the time. Too many changes all happening at once and I can't seem to figure out what to do with all these feelings.

10:51PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011


6:14PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

This sounds like me too!

11:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Sounds like more! Fun to read about someone elses frustrations once in a while!

11:25AM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Sounds like more! Fun to read about someone elses frustrations once in a while!

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