Life Is Good-Troubadour

Now and then, I sit back in my easy chair, and I reflect on my life.  Where it is that I have been, where it is that I am going, will there be enough time left for me to complete the journey?  The only certainty that readily comes to mind is this … “The only thing in this life that does not take a holiday is death.”  Like it or not, we are allotted so much time to do what it is that we are required to do and that is it.

I have a friend who always signs off with Life Is Great!

It has occurred to me that this is a good way to look at life, for it is surely great, especially when you consider the consequences.  I used to say “It is a good day to be above ground.”  But I quickly tired of the morbid message that it conveyed, so I stopped using it.  Having a positive slant on things certainly cannot hurt, I believe she is right.

When you are young, you assume that you are immortal, that you are going to live forever.  It is when you age that you realize that it is not so.  All things run their course, and all things eventually end.  The rivers are given birth in the mountains, they flow to the ocean, and they die.  Spring has it’s first buddings, then summer, and eventually fall.

Sooner or later we all find ourselves in the short rows.

You know when a baby is born it comes into the world screaming and kicking, it’s tiny little hands are clenched into a fist.  When a man dies, he leaves the world with his palms outstretched and open, because he has received everything the world has to give.

Nowadays, when someone says to me … Life Is Good, I just sort of smile and reply “Yeah, I am doing Okay.”  Like the tired old line, “Go ye quietly into that gentle goodnight.” or something like that.

Fighting what is inevitable is a waste of time, better to sit back, take a little time to mellow out, and go with the flow.


4 thoughts on “Life Is Good-Troubadour

  1. Ahhh, my apologies, but I was an English teacher. Dylan said: “Do not go gentle into that goodnight”. But I don’t think he was saying to fight the inevitable. Rather, like you, he was saying to not take for granted what we have and to enjoy whatever span we have left, rather than give up, because we will die. These days we can no longer say “Life is short” because other than disease or going under a bus, life is pretty long. My apologies again, but I side with your sentiment. margo
    No apologies necessary, I have been slammed for worse (believe me). Last year I had someone who was constantly nailing my hide to the barn door because in their learned opinion I had my apostrophe’s in the wrong place.

    To which I say, “forget the apostrophe’s and visualize world peace” or something to that effect. Or as my Daddy used to say … It is an imperfect world, now shaddup and keep diggin.

    English sadly, was never my strong suite in life. I was more into Volleyballs and stuff like that, but I am a pretty good storyteller on most days. Glad you stopped by.



  2. Don…can’t think of anything profound or cleaver to add….

    so just signing off…..

    ” Life IS good”
    There are no “cleaver” answers ….. hahahahahahaha. I really get off on the George Strait song, touches a resonate chord deep in my soul.

    But did you like it? That is the question.

    I know it is too depressing, it hits too close to the house, it made me want to sit in the bathtub surrounded by candles and slit my wrists!

    Yeahsus! (Hit another homer!)

    Wait until you see the next one Pam, it is being worked on right now as we speak, it concerns this ugly rash under my right ….. Naw, that aint right. Might do a piece on this ugly green thing that is growing in our refrigerator, wonder what that is about?


  3. I do LOVE George Strait and “Troubadour” does jerk on the emotions….but then what country music doesn’t?
    We took a couple of the grandkids on vacation this year, and we made “twangers out of them!” Yee-Haw.


  4. Great to see you posting again, BoxCar – I was wondering when you’d get off your keister and share your wacky ramblings again :)

    I mc-ed a George Strait concert in Calgary about 6 years ago. He’s just a teeny little thing – maybe my height (5’7″) with his cowboy hat on. But he had a strong handshake and a wonderful smile … and women were screaming for him before I even got off the stage – the ladies sure love The George.

    And re: the country song that best describes MY attitude about life is by Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying. My Fella and I saved up enough money to be able to do what we want … and now we’re doing it. Your pal is right – Life IS good!
    Took a year off to recharge my batteries and to get my priorities straight. I was burning the candle at both ends, and it didn’t take all that long to catch up with me. We have moved out of the city now, live in the country on 2.5 acres. Can go and come as we please, no hassles out here and the neighbors are great, Life Is Good.

    The price of fuel has certainly been one change in our lives. We now only make one or two good trips a year, the rest of the time, we are rooted down here. We went from 12mpg to less than half when we bought our bus, and that made a big difference in our travel styles. But still, it is worth it, we don’t go as much as before, but when we do go, we go first class.

    Your site, as usual, is really looking good. You are one of the best photo-journalists I have ever come across, even without makeup!



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