Why Worry

Why worry? Don’t give it much time, the worry itself. Those things on your mind? The worry tells you they matter to you, it’s a sign.

Beyond that though, don’t give it much time. Worry likes to hang out, as much time as you’ll give it.

But don’t give it that time. Don’t stay in the worry. For worry’s sake, and your own, take note, be grateful, and then move to the action, the doing.

It’s the doing that worry needs; don’t let it be an end, let it be a sign to spur you along.

Why worry? It’s time to move. It’s time to do. Thanks for reminder. Let’s go~

Lyrics Post: “Better Way”

The first time I heard this song I was inspired. The words encourage, fortify. The music builds, layered, energized. Let it fill you, spur you on.

BETTER WAY

“I’m a living sunset

Lightning in my bones

Push me to the edge

But my will is stone

Fools will be fools

And wise will be wise

But i will look this world

Straight in the eyes

What good is a man

Who won’t take a stand

What good is a cynic

With no better plan

Reality is sharp

It cuts at me like a knife

Everyone i know

Is in the fight of their life

Take your face out of your hands

And clear your eyes

You have a right to your dreams

And don’t be denied

I believe in a better way”

Written by Ben Harper

Special Post: Hamlet’s Soliloquy, Act I, Scene ii

Written some 500 years ago, learned personally in an English Lit class some 40 years ago.

This from none other than William Shakespeare. As profiled in Wikipedia, “An English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”

And so this stream of conscious spoken aloud early in the play, how tortured our man Hamlet is, setting the stage for what’s to come. The dude was decidedly NOT happy.

“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!

Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d

His canon* ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,

Seem to me all the uses of this world!

Fie on’t! ah fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,

That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this!

But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:

So excellent a king; that was, to this,

Hyperion* to a satyr; so loving to my mother

That he might not beteem* the winds of heaven

Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!

Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,

As if increase of appetite had grown

By what it fed on: and yet, within a month–

Let me not think on’t–Frailty, thy name is woman!– A little month, or ere* those shoes were old

With which she follow’d my poor father’s body,

Like Niobe (1), all tears:–why she, even she–

O, God! a beast, that wants* discourse of reason, Would have mourn’d longer–married with my uncle, My father’s brother, but no more like my father

Than I to Hercules (2): within a month:

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears

Had left the flushing in her galled* eyes,

She married. O, most wicked speed, to post

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!

It is not nor it cannot come to good:

But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue.”

1 A mythological figure who when her children were killed.

2A mythological hero of great strength.

130 *law

135

139 *the sun god

*allow

145 *before

*lacks

151

*inflamed 156

Special Thanks to Cecil Criger for the intro all those years ago.

A Simple Message

I did. If you’re 18 or older, you can do. Do what? VOTE.

Here in the United States, today is Election Day. And so if you can, vote.

About 100 million eligible voters have already voted. There are about 255 million Americans who could vote.

DO SO.

Even if you’re not registered, you might be able to vote, depending on the state you live in.

BOTTOM LINE: VOTE.

VOTE

It’s frickin’ fundamental. You’re given a voice, a say in the matter! USE IT.

We completed our ballots. Dropped off the envelopes at the County Registrar’s Office this week.

Your vote is your voice in a democracy. It’s a fundamental tenet of our society.

Don’t squander it. Your opinion matters. Your voice matters. Let it be heard.

Lyrics Post: “Ice Cream Man”, Van Halen

I came to know this band just as I was starting to come of age. I was 12. I heard them with some cousins back East; Van Halen II had just been released. It was the beginning of a love affair, a visceral experience that goes on to this day.

Eddie Van Halen was at the core, his guitar playing unique and master-class, a virtuoso. And his style, and his smile, and his energy, they all created musical magic.

Eddie died this week. His music will live on forever.

The band put a lot of music out over decades; this song was from an earlier album, and a cover of the 1953 John Brim original song.

John Brim

Van Halen’s version was a playful, rocking take on the original blues arrangement. And man did it rock!

ENJOY these fun lyrics~

“Dedicate one to the ladies…

Now summertime’s here babe, need somethin’ to keep you cool

Ah, now summertime’s here, babe, need somethin’ to keep you cool

Better look out now, though, Dave’s got somethin’ for you

Tell ya what it is

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

Oh my my

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

See now all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy

Hold on a second, baby

I got a puddin’ pie banana, ah, dixie cups

All flavors and push ups too

I’m your ice cream man, baby, stop me when I’m passin’ by

See now all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy

Hold on, one more

Well, I’m usually passin’ by just about eleven o’clock

Uh huh, I never stop, I’m usually passin’ by just around eleven o’clock

And if you let me cool you one time, you’ll be my regular stop

All right boys

I got a puddin’ pie banana, ah, dixie cups

All flavors and push ups too

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

See now all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy, yes

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

They say all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy

Ah, one time

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

I’m your ice cream man, stop me when I’m passin’ by

They say all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy

One time, boys

I’m your ice cream man

I’m your ice cream man

B-b-b-b-b-b-b-baby

Oh my, my, my

All my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy

Writer(s): Brim John

Turmoil? What You Might Do

Pandemic life?

Economic downturn?

Might just be the best time to start a business.

How to come up with an idea? The old adage is true:

SOLVE A PROBLEM.

That is the essence of a business.

The true entrepreneur is the hero’s story.

Joseph Campbell paints it well, the parallels, the path. Of this pandemic time and the many challenges we face he might say,

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.

Find your way, and fear not the obstacles.

Heady stuff.

And this piece, a mere 9 minutes and 52 seconds, well worth your time to have a listen; and be inspired.

Thank you, Guy Raz!

one.npr.org/i/914525668:914547387

The Universe and The Time: Carpe Diem, Vita Brevis: Seize the Day, Life is Short

From The Universe and The Time blog: “Carpe Diem, Vita Brevis” in other words, “Seize the Day, Life is Short”~

I stumbled across this blog a while back. Another iteration of a reminder we all need frequently – make the most each day; relish in the ordinary; we know not the hour or the day it will all be over, so make hay while you can.

YES.

And for the blog itself,
— Read on: theuniverseandthetime.blogspot.com/2013/02/carpe-diem-vita-brevis-seize-day-life.html