I took twenty days away from work.
It wasn’t enough.
Or it was too much…, I’m still not sure.
I’d an entire list of things I wanted to get done in that time.
Instead, I found myself working off of someone else’s list.
So the time is gone and I’m back on the job.
But everything there feels uncertain.
Spoke to my mother this evening.
Wanted to wish her a happy Mothers Day.
Also, there was rough weather where she lives.
She was irritable, after having driven through the deluge.
She got a speeding ticket and money is growing tight.
Oh, and her favorite show didn’t record.
The whole universe is out to get her.
Sometimes the universe throws things at us.
Mostly, though, we just do it to ourselves.
When times get tough…,
Some people turn to the Bible for reassurance.
When I’m feeling down, I turn instead, to the word of the late Douglas Adams.
His is a scripture filled with more joy and truth than any holy text I have thus far encountered.
In Chapter 10 of ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’, he describes the people of the planet Krikkit, a world surrounded by a cloud of dust so thick that not a single star has ever shone in their sky. They have lived lives of quiet tranquility, never wondering about their place in the universe because they had no reason to think anything at all existed beyond their own small world.
Driven, nearly mad by an encounter with something that seems to have fallen inexplicably from beyond their featureless sky, they build a ship and rocket themselves into the heavens.
They flew out of the cloud.
They saw the staggering jewels of the night in their infinite dust and their minds sang with fear.
For a while they flew on, motionless against the starry sweep of the Galaxy, itself motionless against the infinite sweep of the Universe. And then they turned round.
“It’ll have to go,” the men of Krikkit said as they headed back for home.
On the way back they sang a number of tuneful and reflective songs on the subjects of peace, justice, morality, culture, sport, family life and the obliteration of all other life forms.
The universe isn’t out to get us.
More often than not, we seem to be the ones trying to do away with it.
Small wonder we run into so much trouble along the way.