Trying to Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

As the news gets gloomier and doomier, I just stop watching it. I do care what’s going on (and boy; wouldn’t I love to hear this: “Hey, folks guess what; we now have a shot that kills off the corona virus!”), but sometimes too much is just too much. I am very lucky to have the Crankee Yankee, my brother and sister-in-law, friends, neighbors and kitties; without them I don’t know what I would do.

So these days, my mantra is this: “glad and greatful, glad and grateful” over and over again. I can’t do anything about the way things are today, but I do have hope for a cure and most of all, I hope that we learn some valuable lessons on the way. Perhaps we will make some new changes in our lives for “just in case” situations; maybe we’ll make room somewhere to store canned goods and so on, just in case (and if you do, do NOT forget to have a can opener down there as wel!). Perhaps we will not be so complacent. Perhaps we will be more grateful, more understanding and more kind.

When I used to spend weekends as a child with my grandparents, I used to ask my grandmother what it was like during the depression. She would tell me about how fifty cents could buy a loaf of bread, some vegetables, and a precious bit of butter. Ever since, she always put up jams and jellies and so on, kept in the cellar; “just in case.” Now that I too am in a similar situation, I understand her better.

The Crankee Yankee and I are all for the “just in case.” Downstairs we have racks of canned goods; the older ones at the head of the pack to be eaten—also cat food and so on. We have batteries and flashlights, bandages, and the list goes on. Of course, anything can happen at any time, but for the most part, we are ready for most anything.

This isn’t meant to be a “hurry/worry” thing; it is only a reminder about how things can turn on a dime. This doesn’t mean that we have to hoard and keep our guns loaded (and that’s another story for another time). It only means that we need to be aware and be ready just in case.

Just for today, let’s try and look on the bright side of life.


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