Wednesday, April 2, 2008

"Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts..."

Okay people, I need some cheering up. I've been exposing myself to too much of "man's inhumanity to man" lately and it's bringing me down.

Saturday night I went to a talk by a policewoman who spent time in Darfur as a United Nations investigator and she was full of horrific stories that kept most of us on the verge of tears for an hour and a half. Then, last night I watched a documentary on TVO about disabled children in Bulgaria that have been abandoned by their parents and are living in rundown institutions where they are effectively warehoused and forgotten. These kids are slowly dying of starvation and malnutrition, never shown love or even kindness, left to rot in beds when they become too weak to walk--I tell ya, it depressed the hell out of me!

It's such a beautiful day today, I'm gonna walk to work and focus on the singing birdies and the little buds poking out on the trees and remind myself how lucky I am that I'm not an African in Darfur or a disabled child in Bulgaria.

And most importantly, Happy Birthday Randy!


Katie said...

the most empowering thing about hearing stories like that is the motivation to do something...doesn't have to be big. it can be raising awareness, money, just getting involved somehow. you can't change the world, but you can damn well try.
as bill murray would say in what about bob: "i feel good, i feel great, i feel wonderful, i feel good...." said...

I love Katie's comment referencing What About Bob. Tee hee...

It sounds like you need to watch something mindless and funny like Superbad (totally goofy but kinda cute). Although I like the idea of enjoying the sun-nothing like a little Vitamin D to lift your spirits! Hang in there-a little downward social comparison never hurt anyone!!

Rick Henderson said...

Yes, take it easy for a few days... then Stand up for Tibet! :) - its a link to my blog.

Its not that hard really :)