Well, things seem to be a little crazy these days here on Planet Earth, hmmmm? (Did I just say “a little”???)
Don’t pretend you haven’t noticed…
Lately I’ve observed some of the people I know/respect/love seeming a little crazy at times (crazier than usual, I mean). This has taken me by surprise on several occasions in the past year or two.
But here’s the thing, Gentle Reader:
We’re all crazy!!
We’re all members of a species that is CLEARLY insane … so how could it be otherwise???
Listen, Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) apparently said
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
Ahhhh. Righty then. Got it!
I think we need to learn at this rather unique/unusual time in human history to make peace with craziness (our own & other people's), & make sure to hone some coping skills for dealing with a world clearly more deeply cuckoo by the minute.
And, if we happen to be a little less crazy than some of the folks around us (momentarily), try to help spread a little calm around us, to whatever degree we can manage it.
p.s. several days after I posted this: I've felt seriously on the edge of "losing it" several time myself lately. Yesterday morning I was edgy & anxious & feeling just plain ... weird. As though I were losing my mind. Fortunately, I have a walking habit, & knew enough to get myself out the door & down to the boardwalk for a good brisk walk. Never mind the dishes, never mind the 23 other things I'd kind of meant to do or get done. Out the door, Woman!, I said, & out I went. & it was good. Very very good. I prescribe walking as the cure for practically ANYthing! Now, I must get my walking quotes & postings page (in the 'Quotation Central' section of this blog, up & running. It sort of fell out of the collection when the blog moved locations, & I have to rassle it back. There are some very fine quotations & linked articles there. **** weeks later. Here it is! It's been rassled!)
Quotes that spring to mind:
“The sum of the whole is this: Walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” – Charles Dickens
“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973)
“You can describe the predicament that we’re in as an emergency, and your trial is to learn to be patient in an emergency.” – Wendell Berry
“…the world sometimes feels like the waiting room of the emergency ward and that we who are more or less OK for now need to take the tenderest possible care of the more wounded people in the waiting room, until the healer comes. You sit with people, she said, you bring them juice and graham crackers.” From Traveling Mercies – Some Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott
“We bless the life around us far more than we realize. Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways: the unexpected phone call, the brief touch, the willingness to listen generously, the warm smile or wink of recognition. We can even bless total strangers and be blessed by them. Big messages come in small packages. All it may take to restore someone’s trust in life may be returning a lost earring or a dropped glove.” – Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., in her book My Grandfather’s Blessings – Stories of Strength, Refuge, and Belonging
Thomas Merton said it best: “Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect. As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. You gradually struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.” (quoted by Carolyn Baker in her book review of the Guy McPherson book Going Dark)
“Be joyful, though you have considered the facts.” – Wendell Berry
“The only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude.” – former Ontario Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sheela Basrur, quoting a colleague from the Ministry of Health
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin
“I asked Mark a while back what life was all about since I didn’t have a clue. He said, “Dad, we’re here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.” Whatever it is. Whatever it is! Not bad. That one could be a keeper. And how should we behave during this apocalypse? We should be unusually kind to one another certainly, but we should also stop being so serious. Jokes help a lot. And get a dog if you don’t already have one. I myself just got a dog. It’s a new cross-breed. It’s half French poodle and half Chinese shitzu. It’s a “shit poo.” And I thank you for your attention. And I am out of here.” Kurt Vonnegut in his last speech
A man travelling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
Repeat.” – Rob Brezsny
“Each day we are born again to start our life anew. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Buddha
** that one above is from Pema Chödrön. More from her here.