In Too Deep

18 01 2017

These sure are trying times for us Americans.  It seems that not only have we failed to resolve issues that are centuries old, we’ve created a few new doozies that appear to have no antidote.

Living in today’s world feels pretty heavy. It’s probably our fault (spoken in our minds while looking into the mirror and feeling pretty damn incompetent and impotent). We better get down to business and fix all these things pronto. Sure, because no other generation has even thought about them . . .

or we could just get a grip on our self-loathing self-righteous selves.

Years ago, a very wise counselor said to me, “If you believe that you are responsible for all this bad stuff, you sure have a mighty big opinion of your importance, don’t you? After all, if you can create this much chaos, you must think you have the power to fix it and that’s pretty pompous of you.” I was furious and then I was relieved. He was right.

Seriously, guilt needs to give it a rest. 

Certainly, there are grave concerns, macro and micro, and all of us must do our part to make things better for everyone. Even I am not so firmly attached to my rose-colored glasses to deny that it ain’t all fun and games, here; however, we need not, should not, can not live every moment deep in the weeds of some thorny enormous problem that legions of brilliant minds over millennia have failed to solve.

We don’t always have to leap from the high dive.  There is merit in doing a few lazy laps. There is also great benefit in playing in puddles. Enjoying the shallows does not mean you are shallow. It means you are human.

Don’t be afraid or feel ashamed to let your hair down a little bit.  Intellectual pratfalls are funny – admit it and enjoy it – so are silly puns and fart jokes (good ones, anyway).  Life is serious, but living should be fun.  Have some!

Laughter clears the sooty build-up off our souls. We need to stop floundering around in the dark, so let’s all lighten up!

Photo of my dad, Paul Krauss, from 1964, who worked extremely hard to provide for his family, but who also knew the value of silly.

My dad, Paul Krauss, who worked extremely hard to provide for his family, but who also knew the value of silly.

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