Blog 2300 – 02.08.2022
Happily Ever After
Many a fairy tale ends with, “And they lived happily ever after.” With sitcoms you always know that the end of the series run is near when after several seasons of teasing break-ups and make-ups the couple is allowed to get married. It would seem that story tellers and staff writers alike have a lack of imagination when it comes to happily ever afters. Even the inspired authors of the United States Constitution seem only to have envisioned the divine right to “pursue” happiness not the actual achieving of it.
What is a happy ending supposed to look like anyway? Many from the Jewish – Christian – Islamic tradition see heaven as a place where all of our dreams come true. Certainly they do not mean the scary ones about zombies, vampires, and IRS audits, only the best, brightest, and sweetest one.
Here’s a thought, who says that we cannot make our best and brightest dreams come true right here and right now. If thoughts do indeed become things shouldn’t we be spending our time and greatest effort at thought control and I don’t mean trying to control other peoples thoughts with high pitch sales tactics, fear mongering, and “us against them” myths, but just our own good, better, and best thoughts. As the wise rock in roll lyricist said, “There ain’t no good guys, there ain’t no bad guys. There’s only you and me and we just disagree.”
But finding common ground, happy endings is something we can all agree on. I think the one tried and true way to bring about happy endings is to cease and desist thinking about what we don’t want and to relearn and practice what we once knew so well as children, how to think only of what we want and what is that, but a happily ever after each and every day.
“Think Happy Thoughts.” “In everything you do, think on these things…”
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Since I transferred the title to my truck last week from Indiana to Texas I no longer have room on my front bumper for my “Think Happy Thoughts” sign so I hung it above my writing space to remind me to always keep happy endings in and on my mind. It works for me. Maybe it will for you too.