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Published on January 14, 2020

All the world is a comedy stage

By Edward A. Forbes / The Bulletin

In literature, a comedic story has a happy or satisfactory conclusion. This isn’t what most of us think of as comedy. We tend to think of films, books or performers whose goal is to make us laugh. The literary definition tends to be more about the difference between happy and unhappy.

We all have our role in the human comedy. We live a life that hopefully and mostly culminates in a satisfying fashion. We form relationships that survive the trials of time; we have children who, if they don’t meet our expectations, fulfill their own; and we have grandchildren who follow their paths, hopefully reflecting the values of their parents and grandparents.

We find in the end that our joy is more in the relationships than in any possessions we accumulate. We find that, rather than a satire, it is those relationships that provide our “comedy.”

We are influenced by the people we associate with. I was lucky and never knew if I chose well or if happenstance chose for me. I met people in high school whom I respected for the values they represented. Jimmy Springs and Beth Greenlees for their interest in art; Slim Springs for hard work and leadership; Luise Tiller for being outspoken and innovative; Linda Pringle for intelligence and work ethic; and Patricia Patterson for always being a ray of sunshine.

Others included Gilbert Roberts for being a goodhearted “bad boy;” Jessie Alvarez for making the most of any opportunity he had; William Robertson broadening my reading habits; my brother, Donnis, working to get along; my brother, Elroy, for making lemonade from the lemons life presented; my sister Joyce for a helping hand; my brother-in-law, Charles, for encouragement and support; and the list continues on and on.

Each person showed me a better path to take and how to look for and appreciate the good qualities of the people you encounter on your life’s journey.

Everyone has made their resolutions for the new year by this time, and some have already broken them. I have made the customary list - to lose weight, get in better physical condition and to be kind.

I have grown alarmed at the anger people are expressing. No variation in point of view is allowed by the intolerant, angry masses.

Therefore, I resolve that I will smile at every stranger I encounter, and I will make a positive comment. I will relinquish my place in line to the person starting to express anger and impatience. I will thank the person that provides service at any business with which I trade.

I won’t change the world, but just maybe I can change one person. It’s worth a try.

(Edward Forbes wants to hear from you. Email him at eforbes1946@gmail.com or send comments by snail mail to The Bulletin, PO Box 2426, Angleton TX. 77516.)