OK, like you didn’t see that one coming. Like peanut butter and jelly (or, in Memphis’ case, peanut butter and banana), you can’t have Rule #2 without Rule #3, and I was using this/these rules long before they were ever put into book titles, so don’t think about suing me over a turn of phrase.
Yes, you’re right (for those of you thinking it): it is a bit of an oddball phrase, given that some things in life are bound to be some of the big things. In my experience, not many. The big ones are really big, and I have been through enough of them over my life, most specifically in the last decade (plus a few more) or so, including getting married, having a son, moving to Memphis, getting a divorce, becoming a single father when my ex-wife turned out to be a very good closet alcoholic/painkiller addict, which ultimately claimed her life, getting married again and becoming a dad to a wonderful daughter. Not bad for a decade plus-or-minus-a-few, but the up and downs of that trip would make even the most hardened stock market analyst reach for the Dramamine and run to the bathroom for some alone time.
In essence: there is nothing huge about a lot of what you go through. Overdrawn checking account? Flat tire? IRS accidentally swapping your tax ID with a drywall company in Asheville, NC? (True story, I kid you not.) It happens. That’s life. Seriously: that’s it and that’s all. I meet a lot of people that complain a bit too much about how terrible they have it, not daring to look around the corner at someone who’s got it worse, turning the TV station when an ad comes on imploring for help for abused animals or hungry kids around the world, which – in my humble opinion – is the coward’s equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and saying LA LA LA LA LA as loud as possible to drown out reality. Can’t be done. Just can’t.
The minor bumps and bruises can’t compare to the really good things in life, if you know what to look for and when to look for it. Some times all you can do is smile and laugh to avoid breaking down altogether when life gangs up on you and causes your day to be one of the worst it can be in quite some time. You’ve always got the option to look on things to the best of your ability, and to make things better for you and those around you as much as you can. Accept the fact that things are going to change, sometimes not in your favor.
Again: my opinion from somewhere north of Yoknapatawpha County. Don’t like it? Go get your own blog. Stay tuned for Rule Number 4, coming to stores that sell these fine K-Tel records!