“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here”.
One of my favorite quotes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Sometimes it truly does seem that the world has gone mad! People are behaving dreadfully. People who ought to know better. Tweeting things they shouldn’t be tweeting. People are being fired right and left. Global warming, fake news, and news you wish were fake, shootings here and there and everywhere. The list goes on and on. The world seems to be in a bigly ( I know, but apparently that’s a word now ) amount of trouble. Has the world gone mad, or has it always been a bit mad? After all, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written in 1865. The term, “mad as a hatter”, dates back to 1829.
I recently started listening to a podcast called, Lore. I am hooked on it! If you want to check it out, you can find it on Spotify, or iTunes. There are also some episodes that were made into a show available on Amazon. Many of the stories on Lore suggest that the world has always been a bit mad. It seems that there are plenty of stories out there of mad, crazy behavior from people dating as far back as you can go. There have always been plenty of mass murderers. Many, many of them were women, as it turns out. While this isn’t exactly good news, it does provide evidence that maybe things in this world really aren’t any worse than they have ever been.
I believe that the world you live in is the one you help create. If you believe in the boogie man, and that he is out to get you, that’s probably what will happen. Or at the very least, you will live your life always expecting something bad to happen at any time. On the other hand, if you believe that people are mostly good, and there are always going to be a few bad eggs, then, that is what you will experience in your lifetime. I believe the Universe / God is always looking out for me, and that is what I experience. Example. I recently started an Etsy store called, Zuzues Petals. I do this because I love doing it, not because I am making a lot of money off of it. I listed a couple of old oyster tins I had come across. I checked them out on eBay, and one seemed to be going for a decent amount of money. So, I decided to list it on Facebook Marketplace, and Ebay as well. Right away, I had an inquiry on Marketplace asking if I could come down on my price any. I said no, because it was quite rare, and selling for more on Ebay. Then, I got to thinking, maybe I should have just taken a little less. After all, I didn’t know if I would even sell it. So, the next day, I contacted the person again, and offered to come down by $25. The person said, that after I declined to change my price, they bought something else and didn’t have the money to spend right now, so they were no longer interested. That was that, I thought. But, later that night, I received an offer from someone on eBay, asking if I would more than I had listed it at, if they would buy it now?! Of course I said yes, and by the next morning, I had a notice in my email that the payment had been made! I had sold the tin for $100 more than I would have, had I sold it a day earlier. The Universe / God was there, as usual, helping me out!
That help may not always seem so great. It may not always seem to be in our favor. However, no matter what the circumstances, I believe you are in the situation you are meant to be in at that moment. You just have to trust that everything is going to work out. You may not always understand it, but I don’t believe in coincidences. Everything happens for a reason, good or bad. Example. I got married at an early age. It didn’t seem that odd, to me, at the time, but looking back, eighteen years old is pretty young to get married. You might think that a marriage at that age would have little chance of lasting. Back in the day, a lot of people assumed that I must be expecting, as those were the days when people got married when they got pregnant. Well, that wasn’t the case. I am still married, 33 years later. Twenty-one of those years have been living with ALS. So, I’ve always thought that it was all part of the big picture, or the plan. We found each other, and started our lives together a little earlier than most people would have, because the Universe / God knew that life would get tough for us soon, and we needed some extra years of normal life.
So , even when the world seems to have gone mad, don’t worry, everything is going to work out!