Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 • No Comments on I Am a Gripper
I know it’s ridiculous for me to be taking on more stuff right now, what with the multiple anthologies in different stages of completion/publication/promotion, the impending bundle of joy, the writing, the sleeping (oh, the sleeping!), etc., but when you get a one-of-a-kind invitation, you don’t say no! So it was with honor and delight that I accepted the invitation to join the group blog Oh Get a Grip! I was the guest blogger on Saturday and will be blogging there regularly every Friday. Each week, one author chooses a topic and we each take turns blogging about whatever the subject may be. This past week, the topic was “Moments of Insanity.” This is a snippet of my offering, Happiness. It’s crazy, I tell you.:
You want to know the most insane thing anyone can say? It’s said by the person who gets a news reporter’s microphone shoved in his face while his house lays in rubble behind him, his wife is in the hospital, his neighbors are dead, his dog is missing, his place of business is as flattened as his house and his car is floating down the river. It’s then he says the most insane thing a human being can say and he says it in all seriousness, “It could have been worse.” It could have been worse. That’s the human spirit for you. Strong, indomitable—and batshit crazy when necessary. It’s called survival.
What is life without a few hundred moments of insanity strung together over eight or nine decades? The most insane thing you can do in this life is be happy. Embrace the madness, the uncertainties and the hurts and still find a way to be happy. It really is insane if you think about it. Poverty, disease, racism, sexism, violence, economic crises, natural disasters, divorce, betrayal, bankruptcy, foreclosure, no medical insurance, layoffs, unemployment, domestic violence, boredom, monotony, lost promotions, two-faced friends, car accidents, crushing blows and heartbreaking disappointments and then, ultimately, death. What could be more insane than being happy, despite it all? Nothing. It could have been worse. It could always be worse.
There are about a thousand more words to go with that little bit—I felt inspired to talk about insanity, I guess. I can’t imagine why! My goal for my OGG posts will be to explore a slightly different writing voice than maybe I’ve used here or in my fiction. We’ll see how it goes. I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!