It is probably justified to look at the news and think – “So much crazy going on.” For example, here’s a quick sample from the last 2 days.
The Filipino Prime Minister admitted to killing criminal suspects himself to show the police how it should be done.
Donald Trump brought together the world’s top technology leaders. But, 4 seats on that table are reserved for, of course, his kids.
The Russian premier kept Japan’s premier waiting for 3 hours – not a surprise as delays are part of his power game.
It feels like the end times. Of course, it isn’t. After all, there’s always been plenty of crazy on the planet. And, if it isn’t directly affecting you or if you don’t control it (and that is more of us than we like to admit :)), there’s really little point sweating it.
And, I’d say the “don’t sweat it” idea extends even to things you think matter. We are prone to waste too much time on nonsense. It is part of being human. So, there’s more politics in the office than there needs to be. And, there’s way more jealousy and envy than we should bother with.
Joseph Addison had a great quote that speaks to this –
“When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow; when I see kings lying by those who deposed them, when I consider rival wits placed side by side, or the men that divided the world with their contests and disputes, I reflect with sorrow and astonishment on the little competitions, factions, and debates of mankind. When I read the several dates of the tombs, of some that died yesterday, and some six hundred years ago, I consider that great Day when we shall all of us be contemporaries, and make our appearance together”
Whenever you find reflecting on “so much crazy,” just remember Joseph Addison. Sure, most people might forget this in their lifetimes as they chase small and insignificant triumphs. But, you don’t need to be one of them. In the final analysis, we all end up in the same place. And, in Addison’s words, “we all make our appearance together.”
Don’t sweat the crazy. Love, laugh and live instead.