Hourly Reminder

By Jeremy Meltingtallow

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As a child, I was fascinated by cuckoo clocks. No one in our family had one, so I’d only ever seen them on TV or in movies. I thought of “cuckoo” as only referring to “crazy,” and wondered why anyone would buy a clock that called them crazy every hour.

As an adult, I see it differently––as a useful reminder that very little about life makes much sense, so you’d better learn to roll with the wacky.

The famous psychiatrist, M. Scott Peck, once wrote––mental health can be defined as a person’s ability to deal with reality (paraphrased).  I love that idea and call upon it each time life presents me with circumstances I don’t like. I tell myself, don’t avoid it or ignore it or fantasize about how things might have been different.  Just deal with it.  Then I grab a couple of clothes hangers, put my feet in an aquarium, and wait for the top of the hour.