Perspective

on 26 April 2013


I wish I had news for you.  I wish I could tell you that things have changed/progressed/advanced/altered in any way.  But I can't.  And in spite of my efforts to obtain guidance or direction, the only guidance that comes is to Keep Calm and Carry On.

Those poor Brits, they get quite a lot of mocking.  And I have doled out more than my fair share, they are just such easy targets, with their Stiff Upper Lip, and a cup of tea can fix anything, and rainy day stocisim.  But as I grow up, I've come to realize something:  Those are the people that make the world go 'round.

They don't make waves, they aren't glamorous or fashionable, and only rarely are they remembered.  But the ones who keep the hatches battened down, the lights on, the dinner on the table, the clothes clean, and everyone healthy and happy?  Those are the ones that make the world go 'round.  If we were all revolutionaries, if we were all those Badly Behaved Women who Make History...we would all stink and be hungry and live a knot of fear and anxiety in our guts because we would have no idea what's going to happen next.

I was telling a friend of mine this week that Chris and I seem to be the Eye in the Storm lately.  We seem to be surrounded by friends who are going through these really terrible things, and it's gotten me thinking.  Thinking about the eyes through which I see my life.  It's really easy to look at our life and see the imperfections, for lo, they are everywhere.  But to be able to look at our life and see only the good, the blessings, the beauty, now that takes quite a lot of skill and concentration. 

So after all, maybe it really is best to keep calm and carry on...

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