As we are all very aware, I can be a wee bit sensitive and I am prone to shedding a tear or two every now and then.
So it should come as no surprise that this past week or so has taken its toll on my smooshy little heart.
If I had a difficult time dealing with news of baby lambs dying in snowdrifts in Scotland how the hell am I supposed to cope with news of beautiful young high school girls being raped by young high school boys and being brave enough to come forward only to be bullied by their peers and ignored by the law to the point where committing suicide seemed their only way out?? Or news of devastating explosions that have claimed the lives of innocents and left countless others maimed and scarred physically and emotionally?? Or the fact that the horror of the graphic images and stories surrounding these happenings almost....almost...pale in comparison to horror of the ugly comments left by so many people spewing words of hatred and ignorance and bigotry?? Or the ridiculous political attack ads being launched 2 years ahead of any election?? Or the mounting evidence proving the nearly incalculable environmental damage being wrought by the development of the Alberta tar sands and why have our nation's scientists have been effectively bound and gagged by our government??
How are my squirrelly mind and my smooshy heart supposed to cope??
Well...for starters, I make a point of limiting the number of news articles I read and news pictures I click on and news videos I watch. I avoid the television like the plague and in the wake of the whole Scottish Sheep Debacle, I've become quite adept at switching the radio station as soon as one peep of news is uttered.
In spite of my best efforts though, I have had a few (maybe more than a few) moments where the sadness of the world has swallowed my hope and I have cried.
I have cried for the victims. I have cried for the survivors. I have cried for the planet. I have cried for MY children who will be forced to grow up and survive in this Universe that seems so far past the point of any redemption.
This terrible/wonderful internet has also brought me many many joyous and beautiful and touching words and images that have also moved me to tears.
Happy tears. Hopeful tears.
And I just thought I'd share a bunch of them.
You don't have to watch them all....although they are all pretty wonderful.
Here we go:
"A Comprehensive List of Things That Have Made Me Cry Happy and Hopeful Tears Because They Are Happy and Hopeful ... Well, Sometimes They Are Not Entirely Happy But They Are For Sure Hopeful"
- A video of a newborn baby being bathed in the most gentle and beautiful way
- A video of a wonderful woman communicating with a woman who suffers from Alzheimer's and is unable to speak
- Marriage Inequality is struck down in New Zealand
- The amazing spoken poet, Shane Koyczan, tells a story of great courage
- Once more, the amazing spoken word poet, Shane Koyczan, tells a story, this time it's about bullying
- A young autistic girl is given the means to communicate and the results are mind-blowing
Didya cry?? Huh?? Didya?? Didya??
Or maybe even tear up a little tiny bit??
Experience a tiny catch in your throat??
In the immortal words of Johnson and Johnson... Let there be No More Tears!!
So here's ...
"A Comprehensive List of Things That Made Me Happy and Didn't Make Me Cry"
- This... an elephant seal pup snuggles with a journalist (Thanks, Leslie)
- Political Attack Ad Parody....mmmmm Justin Trudeau
- Smeagol sings "Mad World" HA!!
- And because there has been no dancing or swearing in this post yet ...
I hope you watched some of these videos.
I think they are fun and they make me happy and I want you to have fun and be happy too.
Also....just because I like it...
And because a Bastard reminded me about something that also made me happy...Daffodils and Hyacinths are finally showing themselves in my garden. Yay!!! See...