This past summer, the group I ‘hang’ with was discussing a quote that puts it all in perspective. [maybe] This quote was ooeh & ahed over and I even wrote it down in my Palm to make sure I remembered it… I do not know what the situation was that inspired the reciter of this quote to hold it in such esteem, but we all agreed – it’s a great quote to apply to most anything:
Don’t be sad that it is over;
Be glad that it happened.
I’ve been skipping through the blogosphere, checking in on my favorites and jumping from comments to new and unknown blogs. I have been lurking. Sometimes, I attempt a comment and than highlight –> backspace, delete. I slink off to elsewhereville.
I saw videos of Drunk History (hilarious! go youtube/search it, I’m not sure where I was…) I read a dear john letter from a stripper, I chuckled at a bunch of stuff, I welled up with joy for someone experiencing a new beginning, I commisserate with a blog-friend who has many a challenge and am inspired by the wisdom evident in her writing as she outlines her approach. I was dumbfounded by an example of mean-spiritedness in blogworld where somebody insulted another blogger which sparked quite ripple effect ballyhoo. I learned more about the political process, explored possibilities of a Perfect Patriot season, and I contemplated child-rearing frustrations.
AND I cried when I read about a shocker of a suicide.
The thoughts expressed in a subsequent post – same blog – about what to say at the funeral to friends of the person who committed the suicide triggered the memory of the quote above.
Maybe it is too simplistic. Perhaps, it’s a quip that invalidates the grieving process. [and I don’t mean to be ‘glad’ of suicide; more of a consideration to celebrate the life that was lived. something like that.] Platitudes… Cheer up! Don’t worry, be happy! Smile!!
I believe the simple is the best. I have few words today. In comments, I mean. I don’t know what to write. Be assured, I’ve been following you (if you’re wondering where I’ve been….) I want to say ditto to all the fabulous comments to all the terrific posts and all the brave admissions and even the random whatevers; I echo the positive sentiments.