Sunshine on my Shoulder


I am truly astounded at the things I read on Facebook. The doom and gloom are so persuasive that they hang over the air like a smoggy day in Los Angeles. That is not to say that there aren’t some who try to brighten everyone’s day with catchy phrases and universal truths. There are those who radiate much love on Facebook. Unfortunately, they are few and far between.

What I don’t like is that I find myself doing the same thing. I share negative crap that may fit my agenda on any given day, and when I catch myself doing this I am ashamed because it is not really who or what I am, nor is it representative of my upbringing. I was brought up to be respectful, tolerant and forgiving.

Why is it that I too get caught up in the moment concerning gun control, politics, religion and scores of other topics that only add to the uncertainty of our times, instead of focusing on the things that are really important to our development as spiritual beings having a human experience – things like love, sensitivity and tolerance for those who are also caught up in the drama of life in today’s world.

Sometimes I want to throw my computer out the window and tune out the entire negative world and somehow let the positive take over my life. The problem is that we humans are a curious species and we can’t hide in a closet. We are hard-wired to search and explore for new places, things, adventures and people. We are born to be controversial because we are born competitive.

While I find it difficult to accept old age in general, I am thankful that competing for anything at my age is a turnoff. Who needs it? But, I am still drawn to the controversial like a moth to flame and usually I end up burnt to a crisp wishing I had not written or shared such a stupid statement or subject on Facebook or anywhere else for that matter.

I did have one experience this morning that gave me some solace and peace of mind. I listened to “Sunshine on my Shoulder” by John Denver and the song took me back to Aspen, Colorado, in the 1970s. Those were happy times and life was simple. I didn’t have TV and the Internet was not yet invented. We were too busy working during the week and playing softball on the weekends to read a newspaper or even care much about world events.

I guess the bottom line is that I need to learn how to stay in the Facebook background and blend in by clicking “like” without negative comments. It would also help if I only shared positive things and shied away from anything controversial. Yes, I think that would be the answer – if I can just stay one iota above obnoxious, I am good to go!

I’m just saying,



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