Today is the day we celebrate someone else’s paradise by thinking they are a fool to believe in. Or maybe we are the fool for not believing in it. One’s paradise is another’s hell, and visa-versa. For one it may be an island in the middle of nowhere, or another it’s a snow capped mountain. Both have their issues, an island probably will be hit by a hurricane one time or another and a mountain a blizzard. It seems like those truly are fool’s paradise. The best paradise is the one you create for yourself and that paradise is real. So what is a fool’s paradise? Someplace that someone thinks can be created for them.
How to celebrate – Determine what your paradise would look like. Create your own paradise. Remember the grass is always green on the other side of the hill, not.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So behold young knave, everything is beautiful… in it’s own way. Gosh, I think I’ve heard that before somewhere. Anyway, today is a day to find the beauty in those things around you.
For some it might be a beach or crystal clear water. Maybe a lush island somewhere filled with tropical flowers and beautifully tanned native inhabitants. Warm summer breezes, golden sunsets and the sound of the waves gently crashing against the shore.
Or maybe it’s a beautiful field of wheat swaying in a gentle breeze and showered in sunlight. Better yet are the cool evenings with the moon shining down on the amber fields of grain. Maybe even floating over them in a hot air balloon.
The point here is, beauty can be found in anything if you just look for it. When you wake up this morning think of all the good things instead of the bad and you will find yourself having a beautiful day.
How to celebrate – Find the beauty in the day. Study a painting you can keep in your head. Smile and make someone see the beauty in the day.
August 24th 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted killing an estimated 3,360 people. In it’s wake it destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae. (Maybe because no one could spell the names of those cities). The destruction came so fast, or at least so fast for those living in those cities, that people were often frozen in time in it’s wake. (well, frozen may not be the right word)
I guess back in the day, people did not know that the smoke and lava already spilling from the volcano could get worse, but it did. I think what may be even worse is that people later decided to build near the same spot and when it erupted again in 1631 another 3,500 people were killed.
I think maybe the message here is, don’t build near a volcano, particularly one that is still active. Volcanoes are not like fires that can be put out if enough water can be put on them, the lava burns everything in its course, even water! So it’s not as though you can have a Volcano Department like a Fire Department.
This is not to make light the situation happening in Hawaii now, it is horrible… but, maybe we should learn not to build homes and business around active volcanoes or those that might once again become active.
Now many islands have been formed by volcanoes. They make wonderful vacation spots in the ocean, surrounded by blue water and generally in mild climates. But what do you think is going to happen to the island above, and the people living there, if it erupts?
How to celebrate – Learn from Mount Vesuvius. Take a tour of an in-active volcano. Do not tempt Mother Nature.
August 16th National Rum Day
The pirates drink of choice… maybe because it was so easy to get. Rum comes from molasses or sugar cane and blends well with many different types of mixers. It comes in many flavors these days for those who seek variety.
The most sought-after rum seems to come from the Caribbean Islands, perhaps why it was the pirates drink of choice. It also may have led indirectly to the American Revolution when the Crown placed a tax on sugar, in 1764, that helped start the disenchantment between England and America.
How to celebrate – Have some rum tonight! (If you are old enough) Explore the different types and flavors of rum. Invent your own special rum drink.