Those who have known me a long time would probably never characterize me as a serious person if your definition of serious includes somber, strait-laced and studious. Actually, I can be and often am studious, but I needed another S word for alliteration and couldn't think of another appropriate one.
The idea of me becoming less serious might cause eyeball rolling among some Serious, Strait-laced, Somber acquaintances but I think this is good for them to witness. Their eyeballs need more exercise anyway.
So what prompted this blog entry? Serious cable network news yesterday. I don't know what channel or program Bill was watching but the talking heads were aghast that there is so much media coverage of the royal wedding. "There are important things to report!" they cried.
Well you know what? I cry over much of what is being reported.
Obviously we do need to know what is going on around the world but I need a break from dismal news. With no disrespect intended, I can't change things in Libya, repair the reactors in Japan, adjust rising gas prices, stop wackos everywhere under ALL brands of religion from verbally and physically attacking those who don't subscribe to their beliefs, break up drug cartels once and forever or stop gang violence.
My attempt at making the world a better place is to take care of my family, hopefully bring smiles and assistance when needed to my neighbors and friends, and branch out from there. Pay it forward. The butterfly effect. Random acts of kindness. I hope that one day we all will begin to concentrate on what is good around us and want to spread more goodness. The older I get (and darn it, that seems to happen every day!) the more I cherish peace and happiness.
I am not really a royal follower but I'll take news of the wedding over another hour long argument over who is responsible for body counts anywhere on the globe. What we all need is balance. I do hear and read about the dire news. The wedding reports are reminders that we don't need to be furious or frightened all the time, and occasionally tears shed while watching the news might be happy ones.
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And on a last serious note on royalty....Here is the Prince of Sweetness gazing at his Queen Mum. He never worries about whether or not I am too serious. At least not yet.