Saturday, December 08, 2007

Living in Interesting Times

It's supposed to be a curse: "May you live in interesting times."

Apparently the true origins are a bit nebulous, if you believe Wikipedia, though it's reportedly an old Chinese curse.

I thought of it when reading Charles' note that he's happy.

If you look at "interesting" from a negative standpoint, these are certainly interesting times:

  • Sub prime mortgage meltdowns
  • War in Iraq
  • Random shootings in shopping malls.

I suppose "interesting" can be viewed in better ways as well. As year's end approaches, perhaps that's a good thing to contemplate.

I'll take interesting in my personal life.

I don't know that I'm ecstatic, but I get by. Wayne turned me on to the song "Moments" by Emmerson Drive the other day. The chorus suggests: "I've had my moments, days in the sun/Moments I was second to none..."

Can you really hope for more than that?

As long as enough things happen to thwart boredom, I think I'm OK.

I've had a few moments this year, done some cool things from travel to artistic effort. That's the good kind of interesting. Maybe like good cholesterol that offsets the bad.


Charles Gramlich said...

The older I've gotten, the more "peace of mind" is what I crave. And peace of mind brings me happiness. I suppose I've started to look back a little bit now and think of what might have been, particularly with the writing career, but whatever happened it took me to these moments and I can't find fault in that.

Sidney said...

That makes me think of the old "Satisfied Mind" country song. It's a good point. Coulda, shoulda, woulda is meaningless.

Besides in a parallel universe things probably went different.

Avery said...

I never take that saying as the curse it was meant to be. Interesting is probably the only thing I'll manage to remember forty years down the road when I can't keep my drool in my mouth or my thoughts focused for more than thirty seconds at a clip.

Erik Donald France said...

"thwart" is a good word. The Gypsy Curse is: "May You Get Exactly What You Want."

I love interesting times, having been a child in the 60s and early 70s.

Add to mall shooters, church shooter (home schooled). . .

Sidney said...

Yeah, it never stops. I had forgotten that gypsy curse but that's a good one too and probably is a true curse.

cube said...

The older I get, the more I value peace & quiet. Boring works for me now.

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