Grandpa: "She doesn't get eaten by the eels at this time."
The Grandson: "What?"
Grandpa: "The eel doesn't get her. I'm explaining to you because you look nervous."
What horrific scene is going to be narrated by the grandfather next. The young boy in the book "The Princess Bride", by William Goldman, was literally poised to hear a dreadful description of death before his grandpa utters those soothing words, "She doesn't get eaten by the eels at this time".
What with COVID-19 deaths reaching mind-numbing levels, wildfires, unemployment, the election, and ongoing environmental misfortunes, our world seems to be falling apart around our ears. Granted, people may be infamously fascinated by holocausts, hell holes, and health scares, but to be fair, trouble is abundant in our lives today. And although many people secretly love disasters, we certainly cannot help but be worried and distressed about what on earth are we in store for next.
Will 2021 be a reprieve or a rerun of 2020? Just as the grandfather assures his grandson in this fabulous film and even superior book, "She does not get eaten by the eels at this time." it helps to look for the best in people, let the frightening differences among us fade in order to see the important things we agree on, and you may also see love and blessings you do have, and can spend your life enriched rather than impoverished.