Friday, March 24, 2006

Shaking it down

As if I possessed these kind of etch-a-skills!!!

A big part of having a brain like mine is the philosophical moments that are blunted by my intellect. As a shining example of a Rainy wisdom-nugget I give you my latest brain fart - Etch-A Sketch life. In the same vein as the box of chocolates thing we've all heard, it is my simile for life. Coincidentally, both of the statements are from people of reduced intellect!

Life can be like an etch-a-sketch. You fiddle and fart around with the controls trying to make beauty and end up with a jumbled mess wondering where it all went wrong. Sometimes you look at the results of your actions and other times and feel the need to run to someone and show them, beaming with pride at your achievement. Other times you are left with a smudgy mess that looks like a drug trip gone horribly wrong. It's funny how our lives travel a similar path. We do what we think we need to do and stand back at the end of the day looking at the results. Did it turn out pretty much as we expected or did it take some unexpected turns? Are you looking to brag or would you rather give it all a good shake?

The funny part is that our lives parallel another aspect of these wacky drawing devices in another way. No matter how much we shake it around, there is always the ghost of past drawings lurking on that ethereal green/grey screen. Have you seen an old etch-a-sketch? They have the battle worn screen that comes with well loved use. Lines float in the haze trying to draw out the old images, fighting to hang on to their existence. No matter how much you try to change what you have done in the past, your choices will always leave a trace on you. I'm always amazed at people who ask "Why me?". I am a firm believer in the simple fact that our life is firmly directed and shaped by the choices we make. We get what we give and if we don't put in some good once in a while it will all go horribly wrong at some point. If you believe in Karma then you have an idea what I'm on about.

Everyone's lives have tragedy and misfortune in them. It's not a matter of if something goes wrong or not, but rather how we deal with it that defines us. Do you run and scurry like chicken little or do you simply take what life gives you and work with it? The right path is yours to chooses and isn't the one that works for some as we are all naturally pessimistic or optimistic by nature. Some will dwell on the bad things in our lives and others will look tot eh positive within the situation. If you have a heart attack do you lament for your ailing health, or do you rejoice at the fact that you live to complain about your ailing health and enjoy life to the fullest?

This disjointed rambling came from nowhere in particular but is the result of having to live with this brain. Be happy can close this window and scramble for sanity, whereas I have to live with this defective lump of meat until I die. Being a positive person though. I enjoy the entertainment it provides. This shattered thing is better than cable!!

So take care when your fiddling with your knobs and remember to give your life a good shake once in a while to smooth things out. Peace out folks (don't ask me what this means, but the kids at work like to say it)!

Speaking of good or bad congratulations go out to my brother and his wife for making me an Auntie! Their new little girl was born this morning weighing in at 8lbs and 14oz. Time will tell if it goes to the dark side like its daddy or to the light like its mommy. The struggle will be entertaining.


Blogger Martini said...

Karma likes to play tricks on me. I found that the more I took care of my car, the more times I got rear-ended (4 times in one month!) so I actually decided to stop taking care of my car. I stopped washing it, stopped fixing little things on it, etc. I have not been hit since.

Congrats on your sex-change!

11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Well Rainy... I'm not sure how you'll look as a woman but I'm sure your niece will love her Auntie Rainy anyway ;)

6:04:00 PM  
Blogger ms. creek said...

ummm, nice.

6:15:00 PM  
Blogger overlay said...

i think life is more like splashing paint on a canvas for most, the result is sometimes beatiful, sometimes jumbled, but the end product is always more organic. to draw on the etch a sketch one must plan every line, even when trying to be spontaneous. on the etch a sketch you never get the angry line that you wanted to see instantaneously, instead you get the beginning of that line that turns into something other than the initial feeling or intent. its like trying to scream on fruity loops. that being said, i like screaming, but i also like fruity loops.

7:58:00 PM  
Blogger Lifexpert said...

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the Etch-A-Sketch Help Desk:

Q: My Etch-A-Sketch has all of these funny little lines all over the screen. What do I do?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I turn my Etch-A-Sketch off?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What's the shortcut for Undo?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I create a New Document window?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I set the background and foreground to the same color?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: What is the proper procedure for rebooting my Etch-A-Sketch?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I delete a document on my Etch-A-Sketch?
A: Pick it up and shake it.

Q: How do I save my Etch-A-Sketch document?
A: Don't pick it up and shake it.

12:45:00 PM  
Blogger No_Newz said...

Too bad he didn't make you an uncle by havin' a boy. Oh wel, I'm sure you'll make a great aunt anyhow.
I like that lump of meat you got rolling around in your melon.
I tried this Etch-A-Sketch theory but all I got out of it was shaken baby syndrome. Who knew at this age I could get that?!
Whatever is in that meat patty of yours I hope it all figures itself out in the end.
Have a great weekend!
Lois Lane

3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congratulations to your brother and his husband.

6:44:00 PM  
Blogger Wondy Woman Celebrity Gossip Addict said...

Congratulations Uncle Pete!!

Also - show me how you did that etch a sketch picture - please?!?!?

3:01:00 PM  

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