I'm looking out on a really gloomy day here and yet the tree right outside my window is a vivid gold with its changing leaves. Autumn has some compensations.
I'm thinking of everyone who suffers badly from seasonal affective disorder and a dread of the short days and long winter nights, as we prepare to 'put the clocks back' this weekend. It's going to be a challenging winter in so many ways, for sure, so let's be determined to at least stay in touch here on HealthUnlocked for some support whenever it's needed.
This week I've been reading some of the jokes which a member of the Positive Wellbeing community often posts to cheer us up. One of his posts was bird jokes and this one really struck a chord with me. I found it a little bit funny but is also gave a message which is almost like a Zen koan. (Something with no direct answer, but to be pondered on).
Here's the joke:
An elderly woman bursts into a pet store. “I want to buy a canary, but it’s got to be a good singer! I don't mind the cost, but I'm only paying for a good singer.”
The shop owner begins moving a ladder towards a small cage on a shelf about 15 feet up, near the ceiling of the shop. “Ma'am, I’ve been in this business for 40 years and I've got the best singer I’ve ever heard in that cage.”
“Don't think I’m going to feel obligated to pay for something I don’t want, just because you’re climbing up a ladder. I do want a canary, but it’s got to be a singer.”
By this point, the shop keeper was coming down the ladder. “Ma’am, this bird is a veritable feathered Caruso!” He places the cage on the counter and the bird bursts into melody after melody.
Awed, the woman murmurs, “Why yes he is an amazing singer.” But then suddenly she yells “but this bird’s only got one leg!”
The pet store owner is unperturbed. “Madam, what was it you wanted? A singer or a dancer?”
And isn't it true that most of the time we want it all. We can focus so hard on that, that we don't recognise when we've been given what we really wanted. And we push for a perfection that often just doesn't exist?
Just a little something to consider.
I hope you all have a good weekend, and if nothing else that you enjoy an extra hour in bed between Saturday and Sunday as we end British Summer Time. Take care and stay safe.