What a glorious day in L.A.! We — or at least I – tend to forget what a wonderful place this is in summertime. I know I have written some Pollyannaish-sounding blogs lately, but for some reason, I find myself appreciating the planet, the place I’m in and the summer like never before. Concerts in the park, people in a congenial mood, the warm Pacific surf, and a gym all to myself. What more could I ask for?
In fact, it’s almost enough to make me forget that we may default on our national debt, putting the U.S. in a crazy predicament. Will we actually know what it is like to live in a country with a less than triple-A credit rating? Then again, perhaps that’s the reason I find myself so tuned in to my immediate environment and enjoying it so much. Maybe all the consternation over credit defaults and debt ceilings and various other crises is really good for us. Yes, as I think about it, just as “Carmeggedon” was to our neighborhoods, maybe the debt ceiling debate is actually a blessing in disguise for our souls, tending as it does to make us focus more on the things we can enjoy, like summer in southern California and, in my case, watching the Food Network, rather than allowing ourselves to become stressed out over those that are out of our control.
To borrow a sentiment sung by Simon and Garfunkel all those years ago, “Let the morningtime drop all its petals on me/ Life, I love you, all is groovy.”