Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Good with the Bad

These things are good: Ice cream and cake, a ride on a harley, seeing monkeys in the trees, the rain on my tongue and the sun shining on my face. These things are a drag: dust in my hair, holes in my shoes, no money in my pocket, and the sun shining on my face." -Rocky Dennis, The Mask 1985

I love this reminds me that things are more than one dimension.  Even things that make us happy or sad.  It is all perspective.  I am trying to change my perspective on things in my life, and trying to remember that even the happy has sadness somewhere and even sadness has happiness somewhere. If I ever master it, well, I'll be a genius-- more of one than I already am! Ha,ha!! 

But it does remind me of living in the desert, I mean look at this picture I took, it is so beautiful isn't it?  But, it also has 115° weather, and it's in the middle of no where, no getting to a store or movie theater or whatever, for an hour, and wind like hurricane weather frequently.  But if you want that view, you can't get it anywhere else!  

So... I guess we have to learn to take the good with the bad, instead of the good or the bad.


  1. I love this! Many times it's either or, but this is a very true reminder of the balance that is needed to enjoy the good things.

  2. Shannon - really great post. It took me a long time in therapy to accept both at the same time, because I was such a polarized thinker. I think learning to accept both is a huge step in the direction of greater mental health for all of us. This understanding has helped me to derive much greater joy in life in spite of continuing to live with some OCD symptoms.

  3. Shannon, thank you for this post! It's a wonderful reminder to me not to think of things in a separate way. I love the last sentence--take the good with the bad, not the good or the bad.

  4. That's a gorgeous picture.