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Apples to Oranges

The following appeared in the "Vitamin ePIFfunny" newsletter for ePIFfunnies.com on Saturday, October 4th.  I'm the proud author. :-)


I came home from work the other day to find my wife staring at her new leather purse with stars in her eyes. She was fiddling with the straps, playing with the clasp, and zipping/unzipping the pockets of the handbag. She might have been murmuring, "My preciousss…" under her breath, but that was probably my imagination.

When I gave her a questioning look about her behavior, she explained it quite simply. "Honey," she said, "I'm feeling right now EXACTLY how you feel when you get a new cell phone or electronic gadget."

Understanding dawned on me and brought a smile to my face. Although my wife wasn't a big one for the gadgets (as I am), here was an area (purses) where the intensity of her interest equaled my own (in electronics).

And then I came to a larger realization – sometimes we discount hobbies or interests other people have because they are not very interesting to us. We might ask, "How could she be so into baseball?", or "How could anyone like heavy metal?". The problem is we're in the wrong frame of reference to empathize with that person on the subject they love so much.

Instead, try thinking of one interest that you personally find fascinating, and then transfer your FEELINGS for your interest over to theirs to see how THEY feel about whatever is so engaging to them. It may not help you love golf, cooking, or chemistry the way they do, but I bet you'll feel a closer connection to that person, and gain at least a tolerance for their interest in a subject that is as alien to you as purses are to me!

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Published (Thanks to My Wife and Budd)

About this time last year, Budd posted that Epiffunnies.com had selected his essay for the Vitamin Epiffunny of the Week.  I subscribed to their newsletter so I could read his essay in its published form, and decided that I'd try to submit my own at some point in the future.  Of course, I promptly forgot about trying to put anything together until a couple of weeks ago, when the purse incident with my wife occurred and struck me as the perfect submission for a Vitamin Epiffunny.

A little over a week ago I finally put the finishing touches on a revised copy of the purse incident and submitted it to the Epiffunny site.  I just got word back yesterday that it was purchased as this week's Vitamin Epiffunny!

The Vitamin Epiffunny of the week is only published in an email newsletter, so if you would like to read it when it comes out, you can subscribe to their newsletter here (it's easy to unsubscribe later if you'd like).  After the newsletter is sent out, I'll also be archiving a copy here on Vox for my own reference, so if you can wait until next week, you can also read what I submitted. 

As Budd said, although there wasn't much money in the sale of this piece, the fact that I sold it is symbolic and exciting to me, as this is the first time I've tried to market anything I've written.  I've no plans at the moment to try to put anything else out there, but my efforts to re-evaluate how I've been spending my time have resulted in an increased level of creativity and production in the times I've spent writing, and I do have some shorter stories I'm in the process of finishing 1st drafts on that might end up in a slush pile sometime down the line.

For now though, I'll just forward on this Epiffunny newsletter to everyone in my family and thank Budd and my wife for giving me the right set of circumstances and the right "publication" for the piece.

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