Once again, I’m here in MLWR (My Little Writing Room), and I think the internet problems are over. I found out yesterday that it was, indeed, a problem with our ISP. Although the customer service representative with whom I spoke had no idea if/when/how the problems would be resolved, I was assured somebody was working on it. This morning, everything seems to be working fine.
At least, for the moment.
So, after several days of frustration — and lots of hot and spicy foods — I’m going to relax today, and with luck, I’ll finish up No Regrets. Or nearly so. I’ll still need to do a bit of proof-reading and then format the file to the publisher’s specifications before sending it off.
Right now, I’m going to have a little fun with my handy Questions and Answers book. I’ve been trying to do this for three days. So, what’s the question for today? Drum roll, please, while I grab the book.
Well, it’s actually a series of questions, or maybe it could be considered a bit of a multiple choice. Here, in all it’s glory, is the entry for April 24:
Is life fair? Yes? No? Sometimes? Not today?
It’s a good thing I didn’t get this question yesterday! I would have really gone on a rant. Today, I think I can approach it from a more rational perspective.
Is life fair? No.
It never has been and never will be.
That’s the way life is.
A lot of people want to believe in some sort of eventual justice — call it karma, call it divine retribution, call it the chickens coming home to roost.
Sometimes situations do ultimately have a satisfying conclusion, and we can smile and say, “Yep.”
But not all situations end so well, and I suspect that for every instance of justice we can count, we can count at least one — if not more — instances of injustice. Of course, the payback may come later. That’s what we tell ourselves, and that’s all right.
One place where we do find fairness is in romantic fiction. Characters may often lament the unfairness of life, but at the end of the story, we authors have an obligation to tie things up neatly as we put together the happily ever after ending our characters have earned. We don’t give our characters anything, you see. They have to demonstrate their worth, prove that they’ve learned from their mistakes, and above all, they must show that they are capable of both giving and receiving love.
Then, things fall into place, and for that moment, at least, we can smile and close the book — or the Kindle — with a sense of rightness. What was lost has been regained. What was taken has been restored. The guilty have been punished, and all’s well with the world.
In real life, it doesn’t always happen that way, but life is still good. I don’t think what happens to us matters as much as our beliefs and attitudes. Even though life isn’t always fair, we can still create happiness around us. We can still find cause to celebrate, reasons to be grateful.
Of course, I can say that today. My internet is working. If it goes out again later, I’ll probably be wailing that “life’s just not fair!”
But, I’ll get through it.
THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING TODAY!
What’s your opinion on the fairness of life?