I saw this stone nestled in a lawn of drought-resistant plants. Someone had painted on it, “Count the rainbows, not the storms.”
Considering the background, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What about the droughts?”
Do you count earthquakes? Did you consider, I don’t know, maybe, pandemics?
Is my mood influencing my reaction?
Oh heck, count them all if you like.
I have a good friend who sees the dark cloud to every silver lining. My preference runs the opposite way.
Thanks to our friendship, I learned to pause, to remember those who share Mr. Ripley’s dastardly talents. I appreciate the upside of seeing the downside. I know to take a breath mid-elation to ask if, just maybe, this might, just this once, if it could be too good to be true.
Upsides and down. Tragedy and triumph. Advances and backlashes. Shitty days in paradise. There isn’t one without the other.
Though less desirable than what you intend or wish for, side-effects and unintended consequences come down to seriously taking into account if they are just as likely an outcome.
Here is one aspect that I consider crucial: Do you include the rainbows? Do they count?
I’m asking because what counts matters.
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