Together In This

 When you were small, did you ever fall asleep in the car and wake up in your bed?

The first few seconds when you woke up were discombobulating. But, then you recognized your surroundings and all was right with the world. 

I feel like that a lot lately. Except the confusion doesn't go away. More and more as this groundhog day of bad news continues I worry that the relief part of that scenario isn't one eye open away. In fact, it may just be what it is forever. 

I have prided myself on being adaptable and always able to find the positive in any given situation. But at what point does finding the good become delusional? We as a group have had a trying couple of years, to put it mildly. We have survived everything that has been thrown at us. 

We are still showing up every day and doing all the things that still need to be done, no matter what else is going on. I think that is the one thing that really keeps me going. We, humans, are mean to each other and to our surroundings. We tend to want to destroy what we don't understand, and sometimes that is just other people with differing opinions.

On the flip side of that though, we are silly animals. We always hope. We find ways to cope with what challenges us and come out of it on the other side. Usually with a big sigh and a smile. We still laugh when shows us a funny cat video, or when someone falls down (that might just be me). We still seek each other out for comfort and to commiserate. 

Even in our darkest moods when all we want to do is climb back into bed and remove ourselves from the narrative, we still pull up our metaphorical socks and keep it moving. For that, I am proud of us. There hasn't been a lot to be proud of our fellow man for lately according to the news, but I still am. 

On the surface, we may be at odds, but I know underneath that we still care about each other. We still want to meet in groups and share some laughs and a story. And for that I am grateful. So let's do more of that and less of the doom forecasting. 

While toxic positivity is a very real thing, there is also blind optimism. Ans I am embracing that with the song of today. Monty Python was a staple of part of my childhood. My mom had an Irish boyfriend who loved to play their albums. If it wasn't "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts" then it was "Always look on the Bright Side of Life". I get it stuck in my head still and have a tendency to sing or whistle it out loud without knowing. 

The song appears for the movie "Life of Brian". Written by cast member Eric Idle, this song has had a life of its own and was even a part of the London Olympics closing ceremonies. The song comes at a part in the movie when the main character (I am trying not to spoil it) is going through some difficulties.  Aid for his troubles comes in not so helpful forms. Either way, it makes me smile. Maybe it'll make you smile as well.

Random items time.

Monty Python Double Album

Always Look on the Bright Side

Cuddly sushi, why not?


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