Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Enough already... and then some...


Anger management
Even the simplest of lives can at times be
overwhelming. Hence if you're like me -
occasionally one reaches the point where
you're "over it." That's when even the most
basic of tasks not only seems mundane but
some subtle form of punishment. Causing
one to rebel at the very idea of having any
responsibility for anything except our own
pursuit of happiness. And especially if one
is having an "off" day - it's easy to be angry
about the silliest of things. Creating a state
of self indulgent hostility that does no one
any good. Especially me, myself, and... I.
Too much of a good thing?
It's times like these that it's best to step back
and... step up. After all, do you really think
God intended emptying the dishwasher as
retribution for sins untold? Thus rather than
mutter as you put away the crockery it might
be wiser to thank whomever invented such a
household convenience in the first place. In
truth, things could be much worse. Instead of
placing your delicates in your new front load
washing machine, you could be dragging the
mess down to the river bank. That's because
almost any task in today's modern world is
half of what it used to be. So why complain?
Theory of relativity
Everything is relative. Meaning that if we
take our every day responsibilities out of
context, we'll discover that our lives are if
nothing else modern miracles. Complaining
about not having anything to watch pales in
comparison to tuning into Amos & Andy.
Complaints to the contrary, we rarely have
it as bad as we think we do. And if we are
willing and able to see things for what they
are, we'd suddenly realize that the majority
of us are MORE than blessed. A fact that
indicates that the only thing between each
of us and complete happiness is... us.
More than enough
Being one's own worst enemy does nobody
any good. Which is why karma occasionally
gives us a bitch slap. For all you know you
could be hit by a bus today. Or never wake
up from that beauty sleep. Life by it's very
nature is tenuous at best. So why waste your
time dreaming of fantasies versus realities?
In the end it all will end. Thus why wouldn't
you enjoy the ride while you're still moving?
Resenting the journey only leads to a dead
end. Therefore rather than bitch and moan
about nothing, be grateful for everything.
And then some. It's all up to you...

Monday, August 13, 2018

APOCALYPSE NOW?


Western exposure
August should be the most amazing month of
summer. However recently the eighth month
of the annum leaves most Central Montanans
hot and bothered. One can question the idea
of global warming and deem it a conspiracy
or nonsense via "fake" media. Yet it's getting
harder to argue the reality that most of these
United States have become veritable summer
tinderboxes. Globally this is the fourth hottest
year on record. The preceding three following
close behind.  Which means we've broken heat
records for the last four years. So whether we
want to accept it or not, things are heating up.
Outside influences
Montana used to be the place that tourists
visited in order to escape the heat. Thus far
we've enjoyed a wet, verdant, and temperate
summer. However as state experts reported
at a meeting a few months ago, we've gained
at least fifteen "growing days." A fact that in
theory should be a good one. Sadly, many of
those days were interrupted by dramatic shifts
downward. Meaning that a tender seedling or
blossoming tree could easily be devastated by
a frigid blast. The good news is we Montanans
are used to being tortured by Mother Nature.
The bad news is she's worse than ever.
Stormy weather
For the sake of this theoretical exercise
assume that Central Montana ends up
having one of it's warmest summers.
Add last winter which was deemed the
"worst" in forty years. What one ends up
with is a case of extremes. A dichotomy
that is almost as dramatic as the political
rift currently tearing this country apart.
The difference is that we can control our
government (or try to). Whereas we can
only react and adapt to dramatic weather
challenges. Given humans are evolutionary
creatures, chances are we'll survive...
Water view
Long ago North America was separated by
an ocean - the "Western Interior Seaway."
Dig not too far away from here and you'll
find evidence that most of what lies from
here and Minnesota was under water. Yet
given our elevation is three thousand nine
hundred and fifty feet above sea level, our
only risk is that we may end up stranded
on a desert island should the world have
a major meltdown. And while a potential
influx of new sodden residents holds some
potential, the last thing we need is to be
further isolated from the world at large.
Puss in boots?
My question is when are we going to face our
new reality? By their very nature local ranchers
struggle with embracing change. That said one
can't help but wonder how they deal with the
natural phenomena that confronts them on a
daily basis. By their very nature ranchers are
gamblers. Hence they end up winners or losers
depending on things beyond their control. Add
the ebb and flow of governmental intervention
and survival is a daunting task. However the
difference with global warming is that it's not
going away. So the times they are a changing.
But is there anything we can do about it?!
The path to salvation
I'm not sure what the answer is. However one
thing is certain. Which is that the status quo is
an archaic state of mind at best. Doing nothing
yields few if any long term benefits. Nor will
sitting back and waiting for salvation probably
end in anything but failure. Like it or not, things
are changing here in Central Montana. Such an
evolutionary phenomena ends with the survival
of the fittest. Thus rejecting every innovative
alternative to redemption is a death sentence.
So do us all a favor, consider all alternatives.
Assume the odds are against us. And know that
we've got everything to gain and little to lose.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

7th Day Surprise: COMIC RELIEF


FANTASY VERSUS REALITY

In times like these it's easy to dream of running away from it all
Fact combats fiction on a daily basis.
Leaving us with little to do except laugh it off.
All the more reason for some comic relief.
Go ahead, laugh it off!