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The Good Old Days

September 4, 2014

Today is Thursday.  And if you are on Facebook, you know what that means – it’s Throwback Thursday – an opportunity to post an old photo from times gone by to reminisce about the past (and maybe how funny we looked back then).

For instance, here is one I posted recently of me from nearly 40 years ago when I first played Little League baseball.

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And here is one of me from 3o years ago this month when I left for college.

Me the morning I left for college

Me the morning I left for college

 

Those were some pretty good days.

 

But it got me thinking…what about today?  Are all “the good old days in the past?  Do we have no “good old days” today?  Today must be a good old day for someone, right?  If we never had a good day in a today, how would we ever get “good old days’ in the past?

Maybe you’re going through a tough time today.  Maybe you’re dealing with unemployment like I am.  Maybe you have a broken relationship or family situation.  Maybe you are dealing with depression.  Maybe you are dealing with a health crisis.  There could be numerous reasons why you long for ‘the good old days’ in the muck, mire or hardships you find yourself in today.

If you watch the news or news headlines you’ll think that the good old days are all in the past.  Terrorism. Killing. Cruelty. Hatred.  It is a harsh, cold and terrible world out there.  It is.  There isn’t much we can do about some of that.

But, there are things we can do.

And one of them is living our best today.  And that means loving our best today.

There was a song that came out in the ‘good old days’ of the 1970s that I grew up in that I loved.  The name of the song was Anticipation, and it was written and sung by Carly Simon. It played frequently on the radio on blissful days of some grand ol’ times.  There was a line sung with with emphasis and urgency at the end of the song that repeated, over and over, as if to drill it into our heads while we lived those days out – “these are the good old days….these are the good old days….these ARE the good old days”.

Today may not be great, but through the prism of our future mind, when we look back on it years from now, today may one day seem idyllic. And it can be.  If we just live and love our best today as if it was one of the ‘good old days’.  Because it will soon be.

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The truth is, every day we’re given is a “good old day”.

So why not approach it that way and take some time to do something grand in it?  Fly a kite, pet a pet, hug a child, call a friend, volunteer some time for a good cause, picnic, say a prayer of praise or thanksgiving, kiss someone you care for, do something kind for a neighbor, smile, laugh, sing, dance…get someone else to smile, laugh, sing or dance.

So, whether you’re 9 or 90, or somewhere else on the timeline of life, I’m wishing for you that you have a ‘good old day’…today.

And, just think: if we could get everyone in the world to do just that, maybe the problems of the world would just take care of themselves…or at least be a whole lot better.  So share this blog with someone and help remind them that today is a “good old day” just waiting to happen.

 

 

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ed Novick permalink*
    September 4, 2014 3:13 pm

    Leave your stories here about what you do or try to do to make today a “Good Old Day” and what the outcome was if there was any.

  2. Ed Novick permalink*
    September 4, 2014 3:40 pm

    In The Good Old Days when I was a boy, my dad would sing songs around the house. He wasn’t a very good singer, but he was entertaining. He’d sing songs from the radio, old radio shows, nursery rhymes, or whatever was playing in his head that day.

    Over the years I would do the same around my kids, singing songs to and about my kids. Each of my kids has special tunes and lyrics that I would sing just about them. (Cody: To the Davy Crocket tune I would sing “Cody, Cody Ryan, king of the wild frontier”; Tess: To Beautiful Dreamer I would sing “Oh, how I love you, my Tess Mae Lu, you gotta be the sweetest girl I ever knew, oh how I love you, oh yes, its true, oh how I love you, my Tess Mae Lu; and Canyon: To the Daniel Boone tune I would sing “Canyon James was a boy, he was a big boy”)

    Today I picked up my twelve year old son, Canyon, from school, and on the way home in the car I turned on the radio and The Beatle’s song(s) “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”/”With A Little Help From My Friends” was on the radio. In the spirit of The Good Old Days post, I started singing along and encouraging my boy to sing along too. It went something like this (ad libs/stray comments in parenthesis):

    It’s wonderful to be here
    It’s certainly a thrill
    You’re such a lovely audience
    We’d like to take you home with us
    We’d love to take you home (Me: SO I WILL!)

    I don’t really want to stop the show
    But I thought that you might like to know
    That the singer’s going to sing a song
    And he wants you all to sing along
    So let me introduce to you
    The one and only Billy Shears
    And Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    What would you think if I sang out of tune
    Would you stand up and walk out on me? (Me: but it’d be dangerous if you did since we’re in a moving car)
    Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song
    And I’ll try not to sing out of key (Canyon : IT’S NOT WORKING – You ARE singing out of key!)
    Oh I get by with a little help from my friends

    Anyhow, it was a fun few moments together, and maybe he’ll remember when his dad used to sing him songs in “The Good Old Days”.

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