Making The Best Of Any Situation With The Chicken Man Philosophy

Making The Best Of Any Situation With The Chicken Man Philosophy

How do a little girl and a children’s book embody a way of life?
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As a Custodial Cast Member at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I sometimes work in the restrooms. When I do, and when the restrooms get busy, I try to make conversation with the guests waiting in line.

“Are you having fun in Hollywood today, princess?” I say to the children. “You have? What’s been the best thing so far today?”

Usually they reply with the name of a ride, a show, or a character. But the other day a little girl looked up at me and said, “What we’re doing right now!”

Everybody in earshot laughed, but the girl’s mother praised her for her good attitude, and I gave her a couple stickers because I don’t think I’m ever going to get as good an answer to that question as the one she gave me. That little princess was the embodiment of a mindset I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, which I think of as the “Chicken Man philosophy.”

Chicken Man is a children’s book by Michelle Edwards. It’s about a man who works at the chicken coop of an Israeli kibbutz. Every day, he sings as he works, making it clear that he enjoys his job. Soon the people around him start to think that taking care of chickens must be a very fun job, if their “Chicken Man” is so happy to do it. So someone else requests his job on the work list, and he’s sent elsewhere – to milk cows, iron clothes, take care of children, etc. But everywhere he goes, Chicken Man sings and has fun and makes the best of it, while the people who take on the jobs he leaves behind find them not all that inherently fun. Eventually, everyone realizes that it wasn’t the job that made him happy. It was Chicken Man’s attitude about work.

A few people have given me the advice, “bloom where you’re planted.” The idea is to be the best at any given role that you can be. Personally, though the idea is similar, I don’t like that saying as much as I like the Chicken Man philosophy. The implication that comes along with “bloom where you’re planted” is that someone will eventually notice your “bloom” and “pick” you to go somewhere better. But there is no guarantee that that will happen, and it’s easy to get burned out if you’re only doing something well because you think it will get you somewhere else that you’d rather be. Chicken Man has no lofty goals, though I have no doubt that if he happened to find something that he loved more than tending to chickens he’d be fine staying there. Like the princess I met in the bathroom, he knows how to find purpose and happiness wherever he is and no matter what he is doing. I find that admirable.

Cover Image Credit: Michelle Edwards

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A Letter To Dad From His Thankful Daughter

Thank you, Daddy.
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Dear Daddy,

I want to start off by saying thank you for always being there for me. You have not made me go a day without a father in my life. You have and continue to teach me how to be loved. You have always loved me with your whole heart. You are not selfish but humble and kind. You gave up your dreams so I could chase mine, thank you. Thank you for giving me the opportunities you did not have growing up. Thank you for working long hard hours so that I can have the things I have. Thank you for always making things work between you and mom. Thank you for not leaving. Thank you for being my daddy.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do every day. I will forever be grateful for you daddy. It is because of you that I know how to ride a bike, how to swim, how to cook collard greens and how to pump gas (lol). Thank you for always being a great father and husband to mom. I will always know how a man should treat their daughter and wife because of you. You continuously encourage me to run after my dreams even when I have lost my faith. Thank you for lifting my spirit up when I am down. You have always been a shoulder to cry on. You are my hero. You are the best father and I hope one day I can marry someone who is just like you. You have given your life away to work and support mom and me. Thank you.

Thank you for trying you hardest to not let me fall and for always picking me up when I did. You are my hero. You are the person I look up to for advice and for comfort. I hope you know that I am the person I am today because of and for you. So, Thank you. Thank you for helping me set my standards in a husband and in the future father of my children. Thank you for never leaving me lonely. Thank you for teaching me all the things a daddy should teach their daughter. Thank you for never letting me go without. Thank you for being a daddy and a good one at that.

I am not sure if I have told you this as much as I should but I am so thankful for you. I never had to grow up and not know what it was like to not have you around. Thank you. I will never have to feel alone. I will always have you to hold me and tell me you love me. You are my daddy, my hero, my supporter and my biggest fan. I love you.

So, thank you for never leaving me alone, for teaching me how to not be afraid, and for loving me. I love you, dad.

Love,

Your daughter

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5 Things You Need To Know About Thinx Underwear

Those of you with a uterus, listen up.

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I first heard about Thinx underwear two years ago while on a subway in Washington DC. I thought the whole idea of leakproof underwear sounded a bit too much like diapers and brushed the product aside. Fast forward two years, my mom states that she is going to buy a pair to try and offered to get me one too. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, I decided to give it a try. I'm sure glad I did!

If you're not familiar with Thinx allow me to explain. It's a company that prides themselves on creating underwear specifically designed for individuals to wear during their periods. Looking at the reviews, everyone seemed to love them, and after trying them out for myself, I must say I like them quite a lot. Here are a few important things to know about Thinx underwear.

1. It doesn’t always replace your pads/tampons

Thinx may not replace tampons, but it can help cut back the amount you use.

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I learned this the hard way that if you have a heavy flow, you can't wear Thinx on its own. If you have a light flow, you could get away with only wearing these, but for us poor souls with heavy flows, I recommend making these your new period underwear. You never have to worry about any leaks, even at night!

2. They don't stain

Behold! No bloodstains!

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If you leak onto this underwear, fear not. Merely rinse them in the sink and then throw them in the wash like normal and boom! Clean underwear. No more ugly stained underwear to keep in the corner of your drawer.

3. There’s a bunch of cute designs/colors

There's something for everyone!

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One thing I must say about Thinx is that they have a wide variety of options. There are several different cuts, and almost all of them come in different colors options as well. They seem to be introducing new colors all the time, so keep an eye out for one you like.

4. They are super comfy!

These feel just like normal underwear.

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When I got my pair, I was worried that this underwear would feel like wearing a diaper or something else uncomfortable, but that was not the case at all! This underwear when you're wearing it feels like normal underwear, and while you're washing it, it feels like a swimsuit.

5. They donate to a good cause

Everyone should have access to period products. Period.

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For every pair of underwear that you buy, the company donates a pair to someone in need. It seems like most are sent to developing countries where women do not have access to proper menstruation hygiene products. In addition to this, Thinx was designed to help cut back the number of disposable pads entering landfills. They designed this underwear to be a more sustainable alternative for people with periods!

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