Saturday, July 16, 2011

Float On

Last week my son and my daughter were having a lot of fun singing and playing guitar and drums on Wii on the television screen. Digitally animated boys and girls and back up singers and crowd were a lot of fun to watch. One of the bands was Modest Mouse. Since I pay a lot of attention to lyrics, I came to an understanding that their song "Float on " is actually about moving on after hearing a bad piece of news in the hope that good news will come across. I think that I am going to try to adopt that philosophy. It seems a little callous but maybe I am taking the fixing up of this world a little too much to my heart. I remember that someone had told me that too much empathy can be a concern for depression. Who knows, maybe too much empathy can be a concern for forgetfulness.
Earlier this week a middle aged business man committed suicide by jumping off of the Newburgh Beacon bridge. Also the same night a couple jumped together off of the Tappanzee Bridge. The girl died and the man is still in critical condition. As usual I did not feel like having my dinner. My husband then told me that a teen age boy was able to save a middle aged man from drowning. I guess "Float On" may work, I thought. Then the television news announced a heart breaking tragedy. An innocent eight year old was kidnapped and killed. His body was dismembered. I cannot imagine how his parents must feel. I don't know how I will be able to "Float On" now. There will have to be a very big piece of good news to take this tragedy out of my head.
Before I Forget:- I would like to thank everyone for their concern and support. I will do research and try things that people have suggested. I will also post as I try various things so my experiences can help others.

11 comments:

yaya said...

There is much good news out there, only it doesn't get the attention of the papers and news reporters. The bad stuff sells...so take heart and enjoy life and don't quit feeling empathy. It's what makes us good people when we can mourn with those that mourn and help others in need. I would also suggest not watching the news before dinner...

Vanilla Mama said...

Sweet Munir - one thing you must keep in mind is that the news focuses on "get the widow on the set...we need dirty laundry!" (Dirty Laundry by Don Henley). The more tradgey, the more drama they can portray the better. The good news is out there, but it is not broadcasted. I am thinking of you and praying for all!

Belle said...

I used to feel so bad for people I couldn't sleep at night. I have learned to give these feelings to God and let him carry the burden. We aren't strong enough to carry it. I find it hard to live in this sad world, I am trying to focus on only positive things.

Hope said...

it is very hard at times to see and understand the negative reality and sometimes it gets overwhelming but as strong as the negative is...so is the positive. Positive is a reality too. We must create a balance in everything. :)

Hope said...

oh, one more thing, I do not watch the news before bed. I haven't for years. And most mornings I don't watch it either. I find that it is the same and has been the same since my grandmother was alive. Just different places and people.

will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

thank you for sharing Munir

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Munir .. I'm afraid I don't listen to those things .. because I simply can't take that sort of information into my brain .. I have enough of my own worries .. so I always concentrate on the good things of life - and post that way, and comment that way (usually!!) ..

Cheers .. keep your chin up and your heart open to the good things and the future .. Hilary

Michael Offutt said...

Munir, I wish I could say that there is more good in the world than there is evil but I don't think that there is. Remember when you and I had a discussion about people being truly evil? And then you countered by saying that you don't think that this is so. Well...just look at the guy that dismembered that boy. Evil to the core.

Anyway... I hope that some joy finds its way into your heart soon. You are a beautiful person and quite innocent (it seems) despite your years. It's interesting. I've never met a person quite like you before. As for me...I'm a pessimist. I think the world is full of opportunistic selfish people who want nothing more than to destroy other people in order to sate their lusts and desires.

I guess that's why I have so few friends in real life. Meh <== a pessimist.

Monalisa said...

Fixing up the world is a hard task. It calls for action, alert and selfless. I guess I'd been into it too. Now I guess I'm a little inactive but don't know maybe we are all part of the movement passively some way or the other. May be we could join in our hearts. Maybe we've already done that.

Footprints of Peace said...

Oh, yes, I was very upset about the same story. I was almost in tears for the child who probably called out for help, and the mother who could not help him, and now she is left with insurmountable guilt, because some mentally sick person knew no boundaries. My heart just hurts for everyone involved.

It seems like I have missed something important concerning you. I must read through your blogs to catch up. I hope all is well, though.

Sorry, I haven't posted a comment till now. I was reading a book. It was a great book! It left me wanting.

Tanya Reimer said...

I'm so glad I found your site, (or rather you found mine!) because you seem to need a hug. So I'm not usually this bossy, but your post called for some extra mothering!

These things can be taken as symbols, as a message trying to slap you silly. Are you listening? Sit down and write how you feel and turn this mess of emotions you're feeling into magic. (like you did!! Only keep doing it until you have nothing left to say!) Let it explode onto the world into something no one else can say.

Float on like the rest of them, drown in sorrow, or... reach up and save yourself so you can save others. We all make our choices in life, evil or not.

Hugs.

oceangirl said...

Hello Munir, I have thought of you. Now that I have found you, I shall copy your link into my page dashboard. I had to delete the comment because the two blogs don't really connect and the two call sign don't really go together.

Life is full of trials and tribulations, and challenges. We have to accept and submit. We do not really have a choice there. The only choice we have is to pray. Pray for what we wish for. Peace, acceptance, etc.. That is all I can do, I find.