“Things work out best, for those who make the most of what turns out”. A slight revised version of John Woodens’ quote, “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.” Either way it is stated, the message delivered is profundity filled with inspiration to make the best of what we have each moment of the day.
Lately emotions seem to be running high for many people. Confusing conversation “what I meant” statements. Directions that lead miles to the south and the potluck is on the north side of town, someone taking that parking space you had been patiently waiting for at Target; as a small sports car zooms in.
Some blame Mercury and its retrograde position; I am astrologically challenged. However I did notice there was a brilliant full moon this past week. Due to our mass media these days, we humans are inundated with horrifying news, mass killings, earth changes which have been the consistent evolution of the planet. Nonetheless, the growing population on this meager planet cannot sustain more growth. The Earth planet, we humans, nature and our wondrous animals and plant life are limited in suffering, then we agonize and earth does deteriorate.
Some say “what does not kill you only makes one stronger.” I staunchly disagree with this statement. People turn to drugs, alcohol, SEX, depression, isolation etc… (I am getting to the happy side of this story – have a little patience please). These are facts of life and living life.
Take a good look at our planet; the polluted air due to all of our human activity and what we claim are necessities in our lives. Granted, for us humans to live with the vastly growing technologies, buildings and people that create all these technologies and space endeavors – we do produce more necessities. Unfortunately some of these so called essentials are making us little nuts!
Take the Cellular phones as an example; admittedly I am cellular challenged also. All I want is to pick up the phone when it rings, immediately hear a person’s voice and begin to have a conversation. I guess I have a “dumb cell.” To make a phone call I must pick up the cell, flip it open, press contact, scroll down to the name of the chosen person, select the name, scroll down again to select which phone number to call this person, press “send” and hopefully there is a signal to call this person and wait to see if the call goes through. Then, if they have a good signal they can answer and hopefully they are not driving up and down hills but stationary where several bars show (signaling a good reception), then we might have a decent conversation.
More times than not, we both are multitasking, moving around in our homes, in a car, on the way from or to a destination to another destination, at work or a wifi café to work on said cell and computer with a great deal of clamor all around us. Why? For many of us this is our new office venue and social network. We are on our computers writing, answering emails, scheduling up the coming meetings to Network with more people with cell phones and then google what we do not know or understand to present to more social networks of more cell phones and computerized individuals. Where is humanity in all this?
Our work days do not end at this point – we continue the media implosion with TV, or computer TV, more cell phone conversations; we repeat the above right up to bedtime. Did any of us have some decent food in this last 24 hours? Or was the luncheon meeting held at a wifi café, filled with people on cells – computers – some with ear plugs and semi processed food. Some of us go to a nice restaurant only to be inundated with others’ cell phone chiming in some annoying fashion, our conversations being disrupted. YIKES!
Reminding myself that I am feeling at this moment a little NUTS, I must quit … oh my cell phone is ringing!
Flip open the cell; do I press a button to begin speaking and did I see who was calling me? No, it is all to complicate. WHAH! Where is my simple land line? That became complicated when reviewing my bill; “Federal access fee?” What is this fee along with all the state tax charges and long distance calls, the pertaining tax, line in charge and usage charges, monthly charges along with “we might fix a problem with your phone if you can prove we messed up the connection from (company’s) home office by flipping – a – switch?” There will be an additional extra charge. Back to the cell phone to call the land line company to only be told by a mechanical voice – a long directory of numbers to punch in your key pad or “please say representative” which the mechanical voice never recognizes and politely say “Goodbye.” I wonder how many phones get smashed at this point or thrown at a wall.
Yes, I am feeling a little nuts these days and not in the least bit stronger for the ordeal of “reaching out – can you hear me now?”
Packing to the leave the house with my Sweet Sadë I saw a piece of torn out section of magazine on the kitchen counter. Yes, I tore out a section of Readers Digest waiting in some office where it was quiet with “please put your cell on vibrate” signs posted everywhere. Ahh relief!!
Readers Digest cover title stated in large bold letters, “The UpSide of Being a Little Nuts” this was a must read! If you feel you come under any of these categories, it is time you feel great about yourself!!
You’re more likely to be: hardworking and diligent. People with OCD tend to excel at jobs with strict rules or guidelines that require a high level of conscientiousness. Stated by Soroya Bacchus, a psychiatrist in LA
You’re more likely to be: compassionate. Highly anxious people are known for their sensitivity and attentiveness to others. They also tend to be hypervigilant, so they make good surgeons, doctors, dentists, and bankers.
Mild Bipolar Disorder
You’re more likely to be: creative. Many people prone to mood swings are writers, artists, musicians, and performers. “when they’re manic, they’ve got an exuberance that’s outside the box.” Per Dr. Bacchus
You’re more likely to be: a problem solver. Although people with this condition are socially awkward, their intensity of focus steers them toward technology, science, and engineering. “Numbers and concrete science really make sense to them,” per Dr. Bacchus.
You’re more likely to be: insightful. Depressives tend to be more in touch with the deeper truths about themselves, life, and the human experience, experts say.
All this made the full moon, mercury in retrograde, my momentary malfunctioning cell phone and life in general feel more palpable this day. Sweet Sadë and I went out to enjoy the clear blue skies with a hint of Fall’s chill in the air before my online class, studying the Cognitive Science – left and right Brain functions.
Take a moment to really connect with a person, look them in the eyes and remember you are a human needing a connection.
Leaving you with a quote by Bertrand Russell:
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”
Till the next moment and time to share with you online. Until then, I am connecting with other humans in person, eye ball to eye ball, touching arms and sharing laughter.