Friday, November 18, 2011

Reminding Yourself About Happiness

There are storm clouds on the horizon. I feel it. It is also not just me. Everywhere I go, everyone is saying the say thing. There is a darkness that we cannot explain. Something is very wrong. Society is changing and in many ways not for the better. There is so much anger. There is so much hate. There is so much fear...

Living with fear, I have done that already. We parents of special needs children always live with some form of fear...a terrible uncertainty always hangs over our heads. I have fought against that lack of control my entire adult life. I need to be able to predict in some way what the future will hold, but that is truly impossible right now. I so do not want to go back to the bad old days of fear at every turn.I truly feel under siege.

Things are not easy. OK they never were in this household but at least it felt like that we were moving forward. Not anymore. We have stagnated. Our anxiety levels are high. The boys feel it. We feel it. Heck even the dogs feel it. I am looking forward to the end of the semester. Too many classes on the Holocaust, genocide and prejudice. It is time for the boys to take some fun courses. Do something enjoyable. They have just registered for the spring. I made sure that there were some positive courses for them to study.  Some acting, some web design, courses to study the brave and honorable in history instead of the most evil...there will be a change in direction. A positive outlook about humanity...

But first we need to get through Human Rights Day at College. CM2 has to write papers on it and attend: Holocaust, rape as a weapon of war, the hungry and homeless, women's rights, water wars, human trafficking, socialist and communist dictatorships, etc. Sorry but enough is really enough.




Sometimes you need to remind your children and yourself that the human condition is one of flux. For every incident of harm there is alot of good. For every riot there are people who are just living their lives and doing the best they can without complaint. For every incident of abuse there are dozens of people working to protect and defend the people (especially the children) of this nation and the world. For every self-centered person there are thousands who give their all for others. For every call for war, denial of another's humanity, misappropriation of funds, corrupt politicians, there are those out there trying to fix the issues we find in the world. But we tend to loose sight of the good because we are so inundated with the bad.

I need to remind myself that there was once a very young girl, hiding in an attic in Amsterdam, living through the greatest evil known to man who never, ever lost faith in human kind...

Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.
Anne Frank (here, here, here)

Naive? Yes. But it is naivety that breeds hope and right now I have had enough of being sad. I need some happiness. This family needs some fun. Too bad we aren't Christian or I would make Christmas come early.... 

 



but I will think of something...  Maybe this for my family instead.....



The translation of the last song on the video is "We bring peace to all of you..."; the first song is that  good old fashioned Jewish melody Hava Nagila (for a fun documentary watch HERE); the middle song believe it or not is really just about a coffee pot. Seriously a coffee pot...

Now, I always look forward to that cup of Java in the morning but someone was so enamored of their Cup of Joe, that they went so far as to write a song to celebrate their caffeine intake...and we Jews turned it into a folk-song phenomenon....Honestly, you would think after 4000 years we could come up with something a little better to celebrate our culture...


Until next time,



Elise