Jeanette Sekan
Jeanette Sekan
By Jeanette Sekan
HCP columnist


Today’s world is bringing unprecedented challenges to all civilizations across this relatively small globe. We seem to be losing our ability to keep things in perspective. We’re losing our ability to remember what truth looks like, much less why it matters.

We’re losing our belief in the foundation of our democratic republic – the rule of law. We also seem to be losing our sense of humor. Right now we’re serving as extras in someone else’s reality show. Only time and history will be able to reflect accurately on this strange era.

Hopefully, humor, in some form, will survive. Humor and some anecdotes that periodically appear in emails, on social media, radio or television, are small reality checks that I so enjoy. To that end, I’d like to share a few.

I didn’t create these, and have no idea about proper attribution. Some are clever, some funny, some thoughtful … at least to me. I appreciate your indulgence. Hopefully, they will lighten your load for a few minutes.

• Don’t be afraid of growing older: You’ll still do stupid things … only slower.

• Have ya’ ever listened to some folks for a minute and thought their cornbread ain’t done in the middle?

• If we all switched to cursive and stick shift vehicles we could cripple an entire generation.

• Some people are truly great manipulators. They can lie, cheat, treat you badly and somehow manage to make it all seem like it’s all your fault.

• Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?

• You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?

• In a democracy, it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism, it’s your count that votes.

• When you make a commitment, you build hope. When you keep it, you build trust.

• Even duct tape can’t fix stupid – but it can muffle the sound.

• Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses? Because in the Middle Ages when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document. The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

• If your car is running, I’m voting for it.

• Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren’t they just stale bread to begin with?

• He had a photographic memory, but it was never fully developed.

• I’ve learned that to ignore the facts, does not change the facts.

• What hair color do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

• As I get older, I realize the biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down; I’ll remember it.”

• In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

I hope these thoughts brought a little smile. Remembering to keep things in perspective may be our only way to deal with the myriad of challenges we face today. Right now, laughter or a smile is the most generous thing we can share.

Jeanette Sekan is a columnist for the Cody Enterprise in Cody, Wyo. and a former resident of Ohio. Jeanette’s columns are published in The Highland County Press, courtesy of the author and the Cody Enterprise.