Day To Day

One of my nicknames throughout life has been “Sunshine”.   Maybe it was applied ironically at times.  Most of the time, it was given to me as a matter of course.  I asked my friend Jason why he called me “Sunshine”.  He said, “Two reasons, it’s about the red hair and also about the smile.”

I think I’m a realistic optimist.  I know that life can pretty much suck, but if I try to give it a positive spin, that I can learn valuable lessons.  I can also relax and enjoy the process.  Being a Pollyanna isn’t part of the deal.  I know for a fact that sometimes really horrid things seemingly happen to people for no reason at all. 


“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.”–[Bertrand Russell]

Much of the trouble in the world comes from our insecure nature.  We struggle to find ways to try and understand why we’re on this planet and whether or not we have a purpose.   When somebody stumbles upon a plausible seeming explanation or a solution to the puzzle, disciples must be sought out and converted.  Hence, we have religious and ideological wars.

“The Earth is degenerating today. Bribery and corruption abound. Children no longer obey their parents, every man wants to write a book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.”–[From an Assyrian tablet, written circa 2800 BC]

Every generation of man feels they are living in particularly special times.  I think this is a spin off from our arrogant individual egoism.  Until we are put in our place by someone or something bigger than us, we tend to believe that the universe revolves around us.  This applies to generations of people.  It also applies to nearly every organized institution or method of belief.  We find it difficult to imagine that we are simply just here, living our lives.

“Living abroad anywhere forces you to define, in a new way, who you are and what you believe, because when you’re in the same place with the same people year after year after year you find yourself, I think, mostly surrounded by people who think pretty much the same things you do. And so you don’t have to think critically or form your opinions in the same way you do when you’re surrounded by people who think very differently from you.”–[Lauren Beverley Davis]

Indeed, our own exceptionalism needs to be challenged.  Get out of your regular environment for awhile.  If you can afford to travel, do.  Actually living amongst the natives of another country for awhile is a reality check.  If you open your mind while visiting another culture, you will see your own culture in a new light.  When you visit Canada or England or wherever, don’t compare it to your home as such.  Just immerse yourself in the country and the regular people there.

“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”– [Said to Malcolm Muggeridge]

If we live day to day in our own, unique way and still remain open to the life and love of humanity at large, the day to day becomes not only tolerable, but a way to thrive.


The Blue Jay of Happiness was told this anonymous quote a long time ago:
“The Sun rises.
The Sun sets.
The Sun rises.
The Sun sets.
I can hardly wait ’till tomorrow.
Another jam-packed day of celestial thrills.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to Day To Day

  1. Peter Jedicke says:

    I was searching for the “jam-packed day of celestial thrills” quote myself. I remember seeing it in a BC Comic. Another website suggests it was in the newspapers 1965-11-30 but I haven’t chased that down yet

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