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OPINION: The World Keeps Turning

Well, it's been a rough week and I am drained, exhausted, out of gas and out of steam.

Have you ever had one of those weeks where nothing goes quite your way?

Now I don't necessarily mean the kind where everything goes wrong, though it could mean that.

It just feels like everything is harder, everyone is a little unhelpful, you don't get nearly enough done, and it seems like nothing goes the way you wanted.

It feels as though you are trudging, knee deep through mud, the muddiest mud ever.

It could be a series of small events like forgetting to set the alarm, waking up late, not having enough gas in the car to get to work, arriving even later and showing up tardy for a meeting; and there's really no one to blame but yourself.

I think it's fair to say that we've all had times when life just seems unmanageable, whether nothing goes right or everything goes wrong, these struggles seem to be a fact of life. As annoying as it may sound to me right now, I remind myself that even while sunken by melancholy, no matter my worries, the world around me keeps on turning and life keeps pushing onward.

I think we all find ways to cope and conquer, to overcome what might otherwise bring us to our knees. Sometimes it helps to be with friends or family and talk if only to vent our frustrations, others require time alone to reflect and ruminate. Some may have families, pets or others they are responsible for and that gives them the incentive to press forward. Then, every once in a while there can come a time when it seems none of these things help or improve the situation, or in fact these "sometimes" solutions could be the heart of the issue at hand.

Maybe you broke up off a long term relationship with someone and they used to be the person you went to in times of need; and having now become the origin for sadness the problem has become two fold. It could be a series of small events like forgetting to set the alarm, waking up late, not having enough gas in the car to get to work, arriving even later and showing up tardy for a meeting; and there's really no one to blame but yourself. Of those two scenarios, the latter is similar to how my week went, and it was as though Monday morning set the tone for the day, and Monday set the pace for the week.

So now with some time to breathe, what do I reflect on, what do I glean from it? Well, I'm not sure there's much I can learn that I didn't already know. The truth is that it was just one of those weeks, we've all had them, where it feels as though we're wearing cinder blocks for shoes. And despite my desire to push the pause button on life, the world keeps turning, my cat still needs food and still wants to play.

The sun came up again, somewhere a baby was born, and the ocean tide came in and went back out. Life, like the ocean tide has a way of receding farther than we expect and rising faster; and though it may be a complex process by which this occurs, in the end, what we find is that sometimes things are simply out of our hands. Yet even so, within my hands is the ability to keep my wheels turning.

As I have no intentions to let the world turn without me, I keep on moving my feet and know that with each step I get closer to catching pace once again.

Adapted from an Opinion by Will Clement as submitted to






If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.


The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.


A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.


In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up.

Sorrow looks back,

Worry looks around,

But Faith looks up.

Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly and Trust in those who care about you.

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