So it’s Part 2 of our 3-part series, Reasons to be cheerful.
I guess that could be described as the meat in the sandwich.
So here are a few thoughts to chew on (ouch!) as we find ourselves (sandwich-like) wedged between relentless bad news, polarized media and constant speculation about all of our futures. It can feel exhausting.
But we can relax.
Yes, we really can.
After the horrors of World War I came the roaring 20s and the Charleston.
In 1946 just after the end of World War II, a blues pioneer called Arthur Crudup wrote and recorded ‘That’s All Right’. Listen here. A few years later the song was recorded by Elvis Presley and the world shifted a few degrees. Listen here.
Crudup did not receive the recognition or royalties that he deserved, but his song hit the airwaves and travelled. In Liverpool, schoolboy and future Beatle George Harrison was tuned in. He later wrote the lyric.
“Sunrise doesn't last all morning A cloudburst doesn't last all day….
….All things must pass”
He was right.
It (life) keeps going. The wheel keeps rolling. For every sunrise, there’s a sunset and it all starts up again.
We humans are resilient and we desperately want to keep on living.
You can call it stoicism, optimism or perhaps an ever so slightly drunken delusion.
But it’s what we do. We keep rolling.
Reasons to be cheerful?
We think so.