The human story

Having once lived in Santa Barbara County, I can attest that it's not all like this. Photo by Mike Gogulski under the GNU Free Documentation License, via Wikimedia Commons

Having once lived in Santa Barbara County, I can attest that it’s not all like this.
Photo by Mike Gogulski, GNU Free Documentation License via Wikimedia Commons

“The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye.”Winston Churchill

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things just don’t add up and we get a different sum than we were expecting.  It’s helpful to remain flexible and keep a sense of humor  when confronted with illogical circumstances.  Or maybe we can get creative with the statistics as the folks at New Cuyama did, and put a different spin on the usual rules– as long as we realize it’s all in fun and doesn’t change reality.

How do you react when your story does not unfold according to plan?  Do you get angry, frustrated, and discouraged?  Or do you look for the good in the situation, even if the only good is the ability to laugh it off?  Life goes on, and if we’re fortunate, we go on with it, whether we choose to smile, sigh or smirk.  Today, however the day goes, let’s try to smile.

One year ago today:

The maxim of the British

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. mike

    :If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans.”

    • Yep. I’ve often wondered…is God really laughing? or waiting with suspense in hope that we will figure out what’s REALLY best for us?

  2. Good thoughts. I think the reason that Finding Nemo and Up! are my favorite films is because they deal with reality. We have our plans. But they are not God’s plans. Instead of realizing things don’t add up, I’ve come to the conclusions that I’m the one who got the math wrong.

    Thank you for these thoughts.

    • Sharon, so true. I’ve been forced (often against my will) that it’s a good thing I’m not the one in control of most of what happens in my life. Thanks for being here! So nice to have various points in cyberspace to “meet” people.

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