This morning let us start off with a scientific fact. To quote Neil de Grasse Tyson, “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
What a great fact! That relieves me of all obligations to explain myself to the universe!
In other words taken from a famous person’s jacket, “I don’t really care, do you?”
Well, yes I care. I care about a lot of things, but just because I care about them do not make them really important to the scheme of things or to the world and ever widening out wards, the universe.
So on this first really hot day of a new summer season, what is there to care about that I can control?
Not the government or neighbors or family choices or the weather.
That is up to something bigger than me and it is best left to others.
I do care about the purity of my drinking water, the safety of my food, and the condition of my air conditioner.
I care what comes out of my mouth when I am talking to a human being standing in front of me.
I would like to be more compassionate and hand out “spare change” to all the skanky people wanting to get on the bus without enough money.
The best that I could do yesterday was to give 75 cents to an old man with a cane, and refuse to give a dollar to a woman who plunked herself down beside me eating chips and dropping her water bottle.
If she could afford chips and store bought water, she could budget a bit better to pay for a bus ride.
Her last dollar did get her on, but the driver was the compassionate one.
I care enough about myself to act responsibly and pay my bills on time. I go by the rules and never jay walk on busy streets, like I have seen so many people do.
I care to take my medications and vitamins, wear sensible shoes and ask for help if I need it.
I care about my bank account enough not to fall for scams and waste money on un necessary purchases.
I care about my neighborhood enough to pick up trash along the beach, and get the city to clean the sidewalks of old mattress sets and broken bike frames. I think if I care about the little things the universe will take care of the big ones.