Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Good Day for Flying



My local newspaper made me smile this morning when I opened it (not a usual occurrence) and saw its little list of historic moments. On this day in history, in 1742, Handel's "Messiah" was performed for the first time in public, and Dublin was the chosen city. I like the "Messiah" very much and I'm glad Handel channeled it from whatever angel gave it to him.

Also, on this day in 1970, Apollo 13 had nearly reached the moon when a mechanical problem erupted and threatened everyone aboard. But the disaster was averted and the men returned safely home. I like endings like that.

My newspaper's "thought for the day" proves that nothing new is ever thought of under the sun. In the 1700s, French philosopher Charles Louis de Montesquieu pondered happiness and decided:

"Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them."

That sounds like something I heard in an AA meeting last week.

And on this historic day, April 13, 2011, a flock of cedar waxwings paused for breakfast outside my sunroom, as they migrate north again with the coming of spring.


(P.S. The fine photo of a cedar waxwing is from a far better photographer than I but it didn't come with a credit.)

7 comments:

The Bug said...

:) Thanks for the smile. Here's hoping my ability to deal with problems continues!

Monkey Man said...

Guess we humans haven't changed all that much over the centuries as you say. Thumbs up the the beautiful cedar waxwings photo and the happiness philosophy.

RNSANE said...

What a fabulous photograph!

Sadly, my ability to deal with problems grows poorer day by day! I guess my state of happiness does as well. There are still remnants, though, and occasionally, bursts of it - such as right now, reading your blog!!

Brian Miller said...

sounds like its going to be a good day to me...happy endings, good music and bird song...

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Sweet! Love cedar wax wings. Love Handel's messiah.

I got a call to go to the ballet with a friend last minute, 5 people backed out on her, so I get to be her lucky date :)

It IS a good day.

Syd said...

Beautiful bird and an historic date.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Even your fecking prose is turning into poetry!

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