It is raining out today.
This is Natal Day here in Halifax and a lot of folks are planning outdoor activities. Me, I’m a bit of a house cat and I have already had a pretty long week of it. My wife got back last night from babysitting and house-sitting for my sister-in-law and she is ready to park her feet as well. So we are looking at a quiet day with maybe some Kentucky Fried Chicken – which I like to call Unlucky Fried Kittens but don’t hold that against me.
I wanted to write something just a little more preachy than usual and I apologize for that soapbox I have got stapled into the soles of my feet – but I wanted to talk a little bit more about my philosophy of grinning.
Let me lay down the law of prune juice and bran on you folks.
That is to say – shit happens.
You out there reading this blog – I bet you that shit has happened to you, at least one time in your life. Maybe even twice.
What’s that you say?
More than twice?
All right – so who is counting?
We all have our sob stories to share amongst ourselves. There is nothing wrong with that at all. Sorrow is a part of the human condition.
The facts are simple.
Sometimes our lives are sunny and sometimes it rains.
When it DOES rain, do your darnedest to remind yourself that this sort of thing happens to everyone. You AREN’T the only person to have your heart broken, to lose a job, to lose a battle. to lose a whole goddamn war.
Tears are nothing more but the raining of the soul and NO, this isn’t going to go on forever.
If you are feeling down today for whatever reason – this is going to pass.
If you are blocked on a manuscript – this is going to pass.
If your husband just decided that his destiny lies at about ninety degrees north of your existence and he has walked away and is never coming back – this is going to pass.
Sometimes it rains and sometimes the sun shines.
Try and grin.
I am NOT saying that every single problem in life can be solved with a positive outlook and a happy-go-lucky grin.
I am not a freaking Pollyanna.
What I am saying is that the very healthiest way that you can approach ANY problem is to try and look at the sunny side of the situation and grin a little.
Remember – Gene Kelly had a fever of over 101 when he performed this little ad-lib dance number that took one cut – which you can see as he performed it on the film today.
If it is raining in your life you can stand there and take it. You can lie down in a mud puddle and wallow in it. You can moan and groan and and beat your breast and gnash your teeth and add your tears and your dribbled-down snot to the whole entire mess.
Or else you can do your best to grin.