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Nothing Is Ever As Good As It Seems Or As Bad As It Seems

Updated on May 9, 2011

In talking with a pal recently he said this phrase and it's stuck with me. You know how things do that, right? Like the song that's playing on your radio alarm clock in the morning, can you ever get rid of that song and by the time that you do stop singing it to yourself you forgot how awful it was to have it in your head to begin with but if you think about it then it starts all over again. Well, what my pal said was, "Nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems" - Don't Get Me Started!

Take a moment and think about it. Think about a time when you thought something was so great. Maybe you won the lottery or you just found a box of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies in the back of your freezer when you thought you had all ready eaten them all. In the lottery scenario, you know you'll be paying a crap load of taxes and anyone you ever knew is suddenly going to expect you to pick up the tab for everything from dinner to that "elective" surgery they've been dying to have but can't afford. With the Girl Scout cookies, you are going to become as obese as the girl who sold you the cookies mother. (The mother is always the heavy one because she has ended up buying - and eating - more than she should just to keep Ashley in the running for being the girl who scouted the most).

Now let's think about the bad things that could happen. Your car breaks down or you owe a lot of money in taxes. In the first case scenario, how bad could things be when Javier comes to pick you up in his tow truck? Sure he's dumb as rocks but his biceps are like boulders and there's no air conditioning in the truck so you get hot and sweaty to look at and perhaps become yourself all the way to the car repair place. As far as the taxes go, think about how much money you won in the lottery from the paragraph before that you're paying the taxes on and shut your pie hole.

Seriously, I never really thought about life in this way but after this pal told me that phrase I couldn't help but re-examine my life and do you know what? As simple as that phrase is, I think it's right on the money. Is it a pessimistic view to have or merely a way of letting you know that there is perfect balance in our lives (even if you're like me, who lives his life going from one extreme to the other) it's good to know that fate has a larger purpose and plan to make things not too awful while at the same time, not making them terrifically good either.

So take some time today to examine all that is stressing you out at the moment or making you insanely happy. Chances are (as Johnny Mathis would sing) you'll find that "Nothing is ever as good as it seems or as bad as it seems" - Don't Get Me Started!



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      Sean 9 years ago

      It was a philosophy I used to embrace a long time ago put this way: Don't get too excited about anything, and don't get too upset about anything. Things change so quickly that you almost waste energy getting all worked up. I try to remember this still, but sometimes it ain't easy.

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Hey, Scott, did you just win the lottery? if so, I need ... Just kidding!

      Great point, though, and I believe that we often make things larger and more important than they really are. One teacher I remember in college asked a question that I still ponder: When the quarterback scores the winning goal, it seems like such an important thing at the moment. But will it still bring cheers a week from now? A year? Ten years? One hundred years? What happens if that moment is the best the quarterback can ever expect for the rest of his life? Will he constantly be brought back to that moment until even his best friends abandon him because they are tired of hearing about it? How many drunks sit around the local bar remembering that one moment in their drunken stupor?

      I am reminded of that scene in The Dead Poet's Society where Robin Williams takes the students into the hall and shows them the old photos there. Sieze the day, for tomorrow is a new day. If today is the best day in your life, and you will have no other days better, isn't that a shame?