My smile is my amour and I wear it well!
My smile is my amour and I wear it well!
Don’t you wish some people had a mute button.
A Cornish hen doesn’t care about salt
Or roasting pans overheating.
A Dairy Cow has made new plans
That don’t involve her udders.
The chicken’s gone, it hitched a ride
Aboard a boat of cheese.
And next in line I’ve heard it said
The condiments are leaving.
Knives and forks and plates are staying
But oh so unencumbered.
The pizza left and donuts too
The shakes are starting off.
Vegetables are getting out
The fruits are right behind.
Your dinner plans may be on hold
The ingredients are striking!
Wicked surrounds us
from above and below.
The story is told
about this and of that.
of experiences pat.
But wait just a moment
something’s not tight.
A change unexpected
a twist to the right.
An unknown is coming
perhaps from behind.
An end yet unseen
a trick of the mind.
This story is done
a reader’s delight.
My interest was held
the ending just right.
A few days ago, I was watching a documentary on sharks. I have always been fascinated by these creatures. They have been around, virtually unchanged, for millions of years. Homo Sapiens have only been around for approximately 200,000 years. Depending on the scientist, it may be less.
This documentary showed a shark being examined, tested. It was caught and then taken out of the water by means of a platform that raised it up to where the scientists could reach it. It didn’t seem to be terribly happy about the situation but quite a few divers made sure it stayed put. A hose through the gills helped it to continue breathing.
As a species we are curious. We want to know why and how. We want to know everything about the creatures we share this planet with. We document eating habits, mating habits, how they sleep, where they travel, their young . . . the list is endless.
As I watched the scientists taking blood samples, poking into orifices and attaching a tracking device to the animal, I wondered . . . It sounded eerily like a human recounting of their experience with an abduction!
I wonder what the shark did when he was released? Did he go and tell all his friends about his experience?
“Oh man you will never guess what happened to me! I was taken!”
“What are you talking about? Are you eating plankton again? You know, that stuff makes you see things that aren’t there.”
“No! No! It just happened this morning! They took me up to a ship, and, and, I was probed! I saw those creatures; you know the ones with black rubber skin and one big eye with two more behind it. They have got four appendages and they walk on two of them. They all look the same! And They were touching me!”
“Bob said he was abducted three weeks ago. I didn’t believe him. I do now! And I think they left a probe inside me, by my dorsal fin. Maybe they’re tracking me! Maybe they want to know where I am so they can pick me up again! I got to get out of here! I got to go somewhere where they can’t find me! I’m warning you . . . They could come for you next!”
“Nah, they were probably just seals. Look, plankton is not something you can eat on a regular basis. It makes you hallucinate. I know you see some of the big guys eating it but you’re just not capable of holding your plankton.”
Simple word. Easy to say. Maybe not so easy to do. Oh wait! What does it actually mean? Well, it means: things that are similar as in the same kind of music, the same kind of people. It also means to be nice, to be considerate or helpful. That is the tough one.
Kindness is not a fashion statement from a bygone era, it is not an archaic anachronism that has no place in modern society. It is the means by which we will survive and flourish. “Survival of the fittest!” was the battle cry from Darwin but he wasn’t the first to broach it. As a bare concept it has merit. Stronger organisms preclude extinction. Except that is only the first step.
Few species survive alone. Some do but even they must come together to procreate. If you look around at the rest, they are in groups. It is easier to find food, to raise young and for protection. In order to survive as a species, there needs to be cooperation.
Kindness is a human concept we often attribute to the animal kingdom. Watch the tenderness elephants show to each other. Along with the fierceness when the group is threatened. Watch adult lions play with their cubs. We could learn a lot from observing that animal kingdom. But we see ourselves as the apex predator, the boss. We are not. Individually we could be taken out by many creatures. (and occasionally are!) It is only our technology that gives us the upper hand. And we don’t play fair.
We kill from a distance with powerful weapons or slowly by eroding habitat and poisoning the air and water. We really don’t play fair. One-on-one, we would lose. The animal kingdom has adapted itself for survival in the world. We have adapted the world to suit us.
How we live in that world is how we will flourish. Be kind. We are all in this together. There are those who believe in the survival of the fittest and they will die alone, as the fittest. But it takes a village to raise a child, to have a life. If all you want is the trophy, then take it. We need to get back to living.
A smile is contagious. Pass it on.
It really is too hot to think so I am using a piece I wrote in July 2013. To be honest, we are experiencing almost the same weather this week!
We all know that a beautiful summer day makes us feel good. We all know that a miserable rainy day can make us feel, well, miserable. In my part of the country we have just come through a very bad week in terms of weather. It was hot, hazy and humid! In fact Wednesday was the hottest day with the humidex at 46°C/114.9°F! For those of you who don’t live in a country where you regularly count the humidex it is simply a means by which they calculate how hot the humid air actually feels. And I felt bloody hot!
I have also noticed, over the years, that people’s demeanour is strongly related to what is happening in our weather. I suffer from migraines when the air pressure changes significantly. When it is very cold I find people become short tempered and easily offended. The same is usually true when it is humid and sticky outside. No woman can feel attractive when she is sweating. At least not the women I know. Men however really don’t care. Of course I’m generalizing! There are more than 7 billion people in this world I have no idea how even a fraction of them feel. But I know how I feel.
We have no control over the weather. We think we can predict it, but even then it’s not 100% perfect. And I don’t think we even have 70% control over our own reactions to the weather. We like to think that as Homo sapiens we are in control of our lives and our surroundings. The truth is significantly different! We are creatures that are hostages to our emotions. Men especially don’t like to admit that, but women know the truth. The weather can wreck havoc with our judgment. One grumpy person can ruin the day for any number of people. And they might be grumpy simply because the weather is too hot or too cold or too windy or too calm. We still haven’t learned how to control our emotions and our reactions to others’ emotions.
I once worked a midnight shift at a Police Department. I was a civilian manning the computers. On this particular Friday the 13th there was a full moon. It was the busiest midnight I had ever worked as well as the craziest! Now there are those who say that people are not affected by the weather or something as silly as the position of the moon. After working that Friday the 13th I beg to differ! I’m quite sure the statistics will prove that when it’s hot, hazy and humid burglaries are down and domestic assaults are up. It all has to do with the weather.
I am not a scientist and I do not have concrete statistics to back up my beliefs, but I’ll bet there are reports out there that will confirm what I believe. So the next time it’s hot, hazy and humid don’t annoy your neighbour. And have a nice day!
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