This is the long stretch of winter where friend and family all seem to be grousing about the darkness, the cold, the snow, and all the elements of winter that most people seem to detest. The local and national news outlets don’t help by reporting the worst storms and disasters locally and nationally. Weatherpeople scare us with dire predictions of snow up to our asses and wind chills low enough to freeze the balls off a bull in a barn.
Many of you have already seen the video I’m providing a link to. It’s from 2012 and from Spain. A hundred people participated in the presentation of Beethoven’s Ode To Joy. The sponsor was the Bank of the Spanish town, Sabadell. It was called Som Sabadell, We are Sabadell. We are Americans from the United States of America and we can rise up to be what would give us joy. The bank, Banco Sabadell, wanted to honor the town on the 130th anniversary of the bank’s founding. The chose a flash mob and presented a few minutes of joy to the people out that day to appreciate the sentiment.
This video has had 4.1 million views. I’ve watched it several times and it has always lifted my spirits even when my spirits didn’t need to be lifted. In Saturday’s Women’s March, here in Chicago, 300,000 women and men gathered and said with their presence #MeToo and a resounding no to Republican’s anti-immigrant stance and their implied racism and bigotry. It’s not so much what they say but what they are doing. Trump has forgotten the forgotten people he said he was going to represent. Actually, he never had any intention of doing anything for them. Still…
Click on this youtube.com link and enjoy Ode To Joy. And try to find some joy in winter and life in general.