If you watch any TV you’ve probably seen the ubiquitous commercials for the Snuggie™- A blanket with sleeves. In the infomercial you see attractive camera-ready men, women, and children blissfully smiling in their new found source of happiness.
Suddenly, conundrums like “how do I answer the phone under a blanket?” are solved with the Snuggie™. Life is perfect inside a Snuggie™- you never get cold and you save electricity to boot. What could be better…
Is this sense of safety an illusion and a distraction from the real problems in my life? A cover from the barrage of negative news? The economy is tanking… get a Snuggie™, my cat just died… get a Snuggie™… I lost my job… get a Snuggie™…my Pedegg™ broke…get a Snuggie™.
Where does safety really reside?
Can we truly be happy cocooned in our Snuggie™ or should we accept the feelings of fear and inadequacy that arise in our lives by acknowledging them instead of pretending they don’t exist.
As I sit here in the numbing warmth of my Snuggie™, I can’t help but wonder what I am truly feeling. Maybe I need to acknowledge the uncertainty of my existence and let the crumbs of my imperfect life collect on the outside to remind me that happiness comes from within…
I think it’s time to wash mine.
“Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh