The end of the world; and how to cope with it…

June 28, 2016

Another end of the world scenario has come and passed with the vote in the UK to exit the European Union. Of course the Brexit vote, as it was dubbed, caused immediate panic on the world’s stock exchanges, most of which were due for downward adjustments and just
like that, poof billions of dollars in stock and bond value just worried1disappeared.  Like most, I suffered a loss to my retirement savings; but, I wondered if the people in the poorest countries of the world even noticed the cataclysmic impact of that vote? Who in Liberia, the poorest country in Africa with a GDP of just $454 per year, really cares whether Great Britain is in or out of EU? In fact, who in the small, poor villages of Liberia cares about the EU at all?

The world did not end and only time will tell whether the people of Great Britain made a wise or foolish decision. The sun came up the next day and life went on. Floods and fires continued to ravage parts of the U.S. Wars, famine, drought or floods continued to wreakarguing havoc with many parts of the world. And in other news, people continued to rob or shoot other people, trusted people in roles of authority continued to embezzle or cheat those who trusted them, people with pets found new things to post about them on the internet and Hillary and Donald continued to sling mud at each other. The world around us goes on.

So, as we begin another new week, confident that the world will go on; maybe we should turn our attention to things that really do matter, things that do have real impact on our lives, because they are things that we can control. Perhaps the words of Elbert Hubbard that appeared in a post on the Jack’s Winning Words blog could guide us – “Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning, and the rest of the day will take care of itself.”

To be pleasant takes a conscious effort, mostly not to be unpleasant, not to let prejudicespleasant or preconceptions about others take over and manifest themselves in our behavior. Perhaps letting ourselves be empathetic towards others, rather than judgmental, is another way to be pleasant.  It’s worth a try. So, try to be pleasant until at least 10 AM and see if the rest of your day takes care of itself.

Have a good (and pleasant) day.

 


Reading between the wrinkles…

October 10, 2015

“Your wrinkles either show you’re unpleasant and cranky, or that you’re always smiling.”  (Carlos Santana)

I’ve written here before about smiling, even if you have to force that first smile. Most of us do not have a smile on our faces when we have our “at rest” face on. That’s the face that the world sees when we are totally oblivious to how we look – the face that is just there when we aren’t trying to put any particular expression on it. Both frowning and smiling tend to wrinkle our faces a bit, especially around the eyes and mouth, and sometimes the forehead.

I guess over time those wrinkles settle in and become a part of our natural look. I, for one, would certainly rathersmiling older fce be known for always having a smile on my face; rather than being thought of as unpleasant and cranky. If I’m going to get wrinkles that may as well be happy wrinkles.

So before you go out into the world today, take a little time to think of something that makes you smile, maybe a happy time or event in your life or someone that you love and love to be with. Not only will that get a smile on your face, but it will put in you in a great frame of mind; because –

“If you smile when you are alone, then you really mean it.”  –  Andy Rooney