Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Life's a Country Song

"Everything is great
Everything is grand
I got the whole wide world in the palm of my hand
Everything is perfect
It's falling into place
I can't seem to wipe this smile off my face
Life's a happy song, when there's someone by my side to sing along
 -From "Life's a Happy Song," featured in The Muppets
As my friend the Modern-day Muse has written about on her blog, life can happen "all at once." There are periods of time during which "nothing much" seems to be the norm, and a string of days can feel like the movie Groundhog Day, and there are also other timeframes during which all sorts of things can turn your world upside-down in a hurry, for good or for ill.
Lately, it's been the latter for this Angry White Loner.

A girl I was dating, who insisted after months that she was never ready to be exclusive and that she was still dating other people, ultimately dropped me like a rock. "Like girlfriends always do." (That's a John Bytheway quote there, lest some of you ladies figuratively pick up the nearest rock with which to toss in my figurative direction.) One of my best friends, whom I've known for over 30 years, basically told me to "drop dead" and to leave him alone, to not to invite him to do anything social with him anymore (no worries; he won't read this). And my car, the Aluminum Falcon, died a slow, painful, ultimate death, as I mentioned before.
All of these events went down within a few short days of each other.
It's been pretty much the opposite of the aforementioned Muppets song. It's been somewhat more of a country song instead: losing your girl (who never really wanted to be your girl anyway), your friend, your truck (car), etc.
That's not to say, however, that the glass is half empty. Because it's certainly not. If you look around and count your blessings, you can see how truly blessed you are, in so many ways.
Fact: Life hands you disappointments. They can be tough blows to bear. And sometimes, they happen all at once. We all have them.
The question is: How will you respond when they occur? Will you become embittered and angry and cynical and blame others for your problems and let others' actions/inaction determine your happiness and retreat into self-loathing? Or will you consider it a lesson learned, forgive, take responsibility for your own happiness, and move on?
Will you raise the white flag in defeat, or will you bounce back and try again?
Once again, I'm going to go with the latter.

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