While I do not deny that I am a “cautious fellow” in all respects, I do try to look on the bright side when life turns dark. From long ago and far away, I often recall a phrase we used in the Army to “brighten our spirits”; that would be “it could be worse; it could be raining.”

For today, I am thankful that drunken nationalists from a neighboring country are not shelling my town from a nearby hillside, and that snipers are not trying to kill me as I tend my garden in the back yard.