Doesn’t it sometimes feel overwhelming, all the bad stuff going on out there? The economy sucks, and some financial experts predict there will be another stock market collapse in the near future – but how do you protect your 401K? And that’s if you’re lucky enough to HAVE a 401K. Half the population is living off the taxes of the other half in one way or another, and one of Obama’s nicknames is “the food stamp president”. So many people have lost their jobs, and those who still have a job are very cognizant that there is no guarantee that they won’t be next one on the cutting block.
There are voices theatening race riots if the system doesn’t go their way. The news is full of people hurting each other, such as people assaulting strangers or drunk drivers killing innocent people (doesn’t it seem like there’s been a significant increase in violence lately?). A problem-solving, hard-working public servant could have been out there doing all she could to make things right, but TPTB decided their opinions were more important than those of the majority of voters. And now there’s another election coming up, and the best we can hope for is that ‘tolerable’ beats out ‘awful’.
Oy, it’s downright depressing!
All of these bad things are outside of our control, so besides being depressing, they can also make us feel a sense of powerlessness. When the world outside starts feeling overwhelming, I think it’s very helpful to remind ourselves of the bigger picture. For instance, there are a lot of idiots out there, but there are also a lot of very wise people. There are vicious people committing terrible crimes against others, but there are also many caring, supportive people. And although there is a lot of CRAP going on all around us, there are also beautiful experiences happening around us, and in our own lives.
And wow, do I have a WONDERFUL beautiful experience to show you. You may not have seen it yet, because it’s just three weeks old. Watching something like this just renews your faith in humankind. Take a look:
Yeah, so just TRY to convince me your eyes didn’t get moist! It’s worth watching again a second time to just focus on the bride-to-be’s ‘reaction video’ in the upper right corner. I think this video is so heartwarming. And how wonderful, how much support their relationship has in that large group of family and friends – even friends/family on skype were a part of it, holding up signs that appear to say, “just”, I guess for the line “just say ‘I Do'” in the song! SUCH creativity – someone put a lot of energy and love into the planning of this video. Did you notice that someone even thought to put a box of tissues on the bride-to-be’s right side?!
I looked up the words to the song – eh, I don’t think they’re anything to write home about, but the music is very pretty, and it’s a catchy beat. Did you notice the ‘dancing Jews’ prancing past the bride-to-be several times? The line in the song is actually “dancing juice” (whatever THAT is!); perhaps the lyric change is a private joke, but it sure was cute! Maybe the groom’s family is Jewish. Anyway, those ‘dancing Jews’ certainly seemed to tickle her! And someone really knows how to ‘build up’ the experience for the bride-to-be (and the viewer!). It just starts with a few people, then builds to more and more. Even the ‘dancing Jews’ going by started with just one, then increased. It was so fun watching her reaction to more and more people becoming involved in the dance! I suspect those were her parents in the beginning of the video, and his parents at the end. What a team effort! Don’t you just want to know these people?! Did you notice anything I missed?
Yeah, we’re going to get through all the bad stuff. We just have to keep the good stuff foremost in our minds – it’s out there. And it’s us :) May we all one day dance in a video for a celebration – oh, maybe in say – 4 years?! In D.C.! (hey, we’ll ALL be “dancing with pumas” then!!!)
Here are a couple more videos I find heartwarming – please feel free to add your own favorite feel-good videos!
Well, I have to go back and watch the “I think I want to marry you” proposal video again. I love it!
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