Well, it's been another fascinating week here on the third rock from the sun, no?
As we flipped the page on a new month, we lost a modern-day literary legend (RIP Tom Clancy), witnessed a harrowing incidence of car / motorcycle road rage and learned that Miley Cyrus debuted her own reality television show.
Gulp and shudder on all counts.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, our government sorta checked out, too.
To be fair, it's not that the D.C. movers and shakers didn't do a bunch of stuff this week. I mean, they played a very dangerous game of chicken (which we all lost, BTW), did a ton of finger-pointing and name-calling (both sides are being stubborn poopy-heads, frankly) and the (arguably) most controversial health care reform plan in the history of these United States was launched with a deafening thud.
A little closer to the Valley, the Cleveland Indians came thisclose to advancing to the American League Division Series. Hmm.
For the umpteenth time in my 45 years, my heart has been broken by the Tribe in the month of October. Stupid Devil Rays.
Then there are the Steelers - oy vey. I mean, I'm a Miami Dolphins fan but sheesh! This is just a shocking start to the season for such an historically rock-solid football organization.
Yep, sure would be easy to wallow in a whole lotta "woe is me" typed self-pity, now wouldn't it?
But then again, what if we chose to view the world around us through proverbial rose-colored glasses instead?
It's like my pal Chris Ruggieri of Warren always says, "People tend to ask 'why me?' in times of trouble but they never look at a tragedy and say 'why not me?'"
She is a smarty, that Chris of mine.
And maybe a better way to think of it is this: when God graces us with blessings - why don't we choose those particular moments for a little bit of "Why me?" pondering?
My son is healthy, my husband is kind and true, my family is overall well and happy, I have two incredible jobs that I love, a sweet little home, terrific pals and can afford a nice big cup of Joe every single day.
Yes, there is sadness in the world; there are troubles, illness, injustices and turmoil all about - near and far. And truthfully, people, situations and life, in general, can cause a little irritation from time to time you know, like every few hours or so.
A recent trip to the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto adjacent to the St. Joseph School and Parish in Mogadore not only gave me a sense of serenity I haven't experienced in about a decade, it also provided a mental snapshot of a literal happy place where I can retreat when said life gets a little too floopy.
Why me? Not sure. But I'm certainly grateful.
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist and appreciator of life's blessings - even when she is being a silly grump. Contact her with your own "Why me?" musings at firstname.lastname@example.org.