Nonsense + Common Sense Makes Sense

If common sense is less common, is nonsense overcome? I keep hearing that common sense is not so common. But is common sense endangered or is it a super power? Perhaps common sense is not as common as it used to be. But, at the same time, are we undervaluing nonsense?

After 13.5 inches of rain over the last six days, the sun slipped out from behind the clouds, and we got just a little crazy! The dogs rejoiced, and our silliness exploded throughout the day. How do you react when light shines brightly after a long period of darkness? Do you immediately grab your shades, or do you embrace the light?

Are we really talking about the weather? Once a completely safe topic of conversation, discussing the weather can now be somewhat controversial. Not today. Today is for fun.

Life gets serious. And there is a mountain of advice on addressing life’s issues. Seriously? Sometimes when things get tough, try adding a moment or two of silliness to break the rhythm. Here are a few of my favorite quotes on nonsense from Peter’s Quotations.

Warped reasoning? “If your parents didn’t have any children, there’s a good chance that you won’t have any.” Clarence Day

Nonsense makes perfect sense. “Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.” Robert Frost

What the nose knows. “A nose that can see is worth two that sniff.” Eugene Ionesco. The dogs beg to differ.

Think, but leap anyway. “He thinks things through very clearly, before going off half-cocked.” General Carl Spaatz Sometimes you just have to jump to overcome “reason” or fear.

Sometimes we take for granted a perfectly lovely day. But the storms remind us to be grateful for the good times. And, if you are trying to make sense “out of things,” add common sense with just a hint of nonsense!

LK Greer


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