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Sweet & Sour

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” At least that's what the lyrics say. But tell me, how’s your summer unfolding? If “the livin’ is easy” for you, then perfect! But if you’re like most people, then life is challenging at a time when the weather is hot, and the kids are out of school. I mean, for many, THAT is the challenge! As for me, the flavor of my life is consistently “Sweet & Sour”. You know, kind of like Chinese food. At any given point, I can tell you the blessings AND the curses. The stock market looks like it has rapidly cycling mood swings, and the Supreme Court does too! Relax; it looks that way to liberals and conservatives, depending on the issue. Earthquakes and plagues and wars and heads rolling around, literally, can be a bit unnerving. It's good to be aware of it all, but please join me in my simple little place. I know it’s a registered trademark, but come on, life is good, and sometimes, life is good, even when it’s not. If your life is like mine, then you’ve probably noticed what I notice. The “sour” provides a powerful contrast for more appreciation of the “sweet”. I think that’s how it’s supposed to be. It’s not wrong to acknowledge and speak of the sour life. We’re supposed to! It makes us closer. But let it serve its purpose, and its purpose is to make us more sensitive to the finer nuances of the sweet life. Life is good and life is sweet, even when it doesn’t seem to be. Try to remember that.

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