I was awake from 3:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. this morning (not an unusual occurrence since the pandemic.) Anxieties ranging from personal to professional to global tend to arrive unannounced and settle in for the night.
“It takes a licking and continues on ticking” popped into my brain after an hour of tossing and turning and catastrophizing. How did that come to be?” I mused to myself.
Diving From a High-Cliff Into The Water
In the 1950s and 1960s, this was the tagline for Timex watches, as I discovered when I did a quick google search this morning. People of a certain age may recall when John Cameron Swayze put the Timex watch through its paces. My most vivid memory of one commercial involved someone diving from a high-cliff into the water without breaking their watch. Fortunately, YouTube has ensured that this ad will continue to be seen by new audiences. If you’d want to take a trip down memory lane or see how ridiculous the elderly were, go here.
This statement sprung into my head at the exact moment I needed it most. It appears like we’re all taking a greater share of the “punishment” now than in the past. This meme, in my opinion, captures the essence of the situation.
Screaming Through the Streets Crying
It’s tempting to run screaming through the streets crying “I’m upset as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore,” after hearing Dr. Fauci declare that we may reach 100,000 Covid 19 cases each day and reading that there is a new swine flu that could jump to humans.
Scene From the 1975 Film
Watching this scene from the 1975 film Network was genuinely helpful. During our lifetime, we’ve seen the years 1975, 1963, 1968, 1986, 1991, and 2001. Don’t forget to factor in those dreadful years of your own life.
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That means we can make it through these as well. Keeping going is all we can do. That being said, don’t be dejected even if you’re on the edge of your seat right now. Even though things have grown ridiculously insane, annoying, conflicted, and dangerous, we’ve somehow survived for 244 years as the United States of America.
Enjoy your holiday, everyone! Be careful out there.