And the reason for the post title is about to become apparent. Mahatma Gandhi said:
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."He was right. Absolutely. And remembering that from day to day is one of the hardest things I've ever done. I try not to listen to the news, and I avoid talk radio except for a few shows. Everything is overwhelmingly negative.
And I feel like I'm surrounded by dirty water. I know that I'm not but what I know and how I feel are two entirely different things.
It's a beautiful day, not too hot, not too cold and I'm furious with the world. For many unreasonable reasons like forgetting my wedding rings because I didn't want to snag my tights, to the Bill Cosby rape scandals, to the events in Ferguson last night.
And then I read this blog post by the incomparable Bloggess. http://thebloggess.com/2014/11/compassion-is-painful-thats-how-you-know-its-working/ Go ahead and read it now. I'll wait. Because she's a lot classier than I am. And she's also completely right.
I seem to have lost most of my own words today. And maybe that's a good thing because Mom always said if you can't say something nice don't say anything. I tend to forget that when I get on a roll of sarcastic complaints and jibes at the various things that annoy me.
And then someone like Jenny blogs and I remember that there are people in the world who have much tougher life than me and while I might complain, good humoredly but still complaining, there are folks who have a lot more to complain about and they're going about their business. So let's all take a deep breath and remember what we're thankful for.
I've got a great husband who loves me in spite of my miniature/writing/reading/shopping addictions, or maybe because of them (who knows why but he does and that's the point). I've got five cats now and they're all getting along reasonably well even if the kitten is a needy little attention sponge. (I think that's a default setting for kittens so yeah that one's my own fault for rescuing him.) I've got a job that shows no signs of firing me even when I zone out becasue I'm ill and want to do nothing but sleep. And it pays me very decently so I can afford the aforementioned addictions.
I've also got people around me. And they're pretty damn cool. So yeah, I think I'll count my blessings and put a check in the win column for today. Because I made it out of bed this morning after a lousy night and nothing bad happened on the way to work. I've got half an hour to trowel on my make up so I don't scare my coworkers and I'm awake enough to write when I haven't had caffiene yet. (Okay, true miracle folks!)
We've all got problems. But a lot of times we're our own problem. Bright side is we're usually our own solution. And if we look hard enough there are people out there who are happy to offer a hand, a smile or even a story that will make you laugh and cry at the same time. No man is an island after all, even if it feels like it.
Because Gandhi said this too:
"Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.... The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."So maybe the trick is to deal with my own problems and trust that somehow other people will deal with theirs. And forgive myself when I get so wound up that I end up writing posts like these.
And because they always cheer me up, here's a cat picture. Okay a few...including the new kitten who is...totes adorable! BTW he's been christened Cap'n Jack Sparrow because he walks just like the character. You know...like he knows why the rum is gone.
|There's a joke here about letting the cat out of the bag, but Tali's too young to understand. And Helo just likes the camera.|
|Yeah we're on your bed, taking over your blankets. What are you gonna do about it? We're adorable and we won't be moved.|
|Hi! We were sleeping when Mommy took this picture... Can we go back to sleep?|
|I love my sissies. They're the awesomest!|
And one last quote for the road. Same guy.
"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."