Refusing to take life’s hard knocks on the chin is nothing new. But why do I have to work so hard at it? You’d think shrugging off adversity would be a built-in defense mechanism in us humans but I’m not so sure. Some people are very good at it and I admire them so! How do they get that way? Were they just born “tougher” than others or do they have to make a conscious effort to be so? I know I certainly have to work at it; good grief, if I was any more sensitive and vulnerable than I am it wouldn’t be pretty. I still love the words from the song “don’t worry, be happy”….if life could get any simpler than that, I don’t know how. Perhaps we think ourselves trivial or shallow if we don’t get enough drama into our lives. Lots of folks actually go looking for it which I totally don’t get because enough of it will just naturally roll into your life anyway…”Don’t sweat the small stuff” is sage advice and I keep a constant reminder going round in my head to this effect. If rolling with the punches isn’t something that comes naturally to me and I must be constantly aware to rise above life’s petty annoyances, then so be it. Erma Bombeck put it this way; “If you can’t make it better, you can laugh at it.” I’ll give it my best “light hearted” shot!