Daily Archives: November 21, 2008

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Even with the snow, ice and wind this morning I had a great run. Maybe because it’s Friday. I’m not working full time these days. Still there’s something that lifts the spirit about heading into the weekend. And maybe my run was special this morning because I finished trailing a snowplow — yellow lights blinking and all. Probably had the same sensation (except for the salt smacking me) as the winner of the New York City Marathon heading to the finish line in Central Park only yards behind the pace car and media van. Hey. You can dream, can’t you?

So I thought why be negative or pessimistic in my post this morning. Plenty of opportunity for that next week, especially if that team up north somehow manages to beat Ohio State. At that point we will know that the world has gone to Hell.

And it’s just too easy to view the glass as being half empty these days. All you have to do is get up at 3:30 a.m. and start scanning the Internet. Here’s what you see on an early Friday morning.

The broad-based S&P stock average is at an 11-year low, claims for unemployment benefits have hit a 16-year high, and the Decider-in-Chief is still…Ah, what is he doing these days?

Verizon apparently believes it has been put in charge of homeland security, with employees taking on the responsibility to hack into President-elect Obama’s cell phone records. So much for the Blackberry Presidency, legal issues not withstanding.

The so-called Lion of the Senate, Ted Stevens, ended his tenure on Capitol Hill yesterday. I guess the criminal conviction took the edge off the re-relection campaign after all. But get this. He gave his last speech in the Senate — and his colleagues saluted him with a standing ovation. Wow. Wonder what would have happened if he had left with some honor and integrity? And in a way it’s too bad that Stevens wasn’t re-elected. Then his chums would have been forced to boot him out in January — and give a big shout-out in welcoming Sarah Palin. Oh well.

But it’s Friday. And to quote the philosopher Bobby McFerrin — “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

So here’s a positive story in keeping with the spirit of a college football weekend. It comes from the sports section of The New York Times yesterday. And it features Myron Rolle, a safety on the Florida State football team. Rolle is an important part of the football team, which plays a key game Saturday night in Maryland. But more important to Rolle — and amazingly enough to many others at Florida State — he’s going to be in Birminham, Ala., tomorrow afternoon for the final interview for a Rhodes Scholarship.

His story is compelling because it signals that it is possible to be a student-athlete at even the biggest football factory, despite the criticism of one of the assistant coaches last year who told Rolle his dedication in the classroom was hurting his on-field performance. Anyway, it’s an interesting story — particularly in the context of events at the university. Here’s from the story:

The university is in the final stages of dealing with an academic scandal in the athletic department that affected the eligibility of 60 athletes and resulted in three firings and self-imposed probation.

“He’s almost carrying a university and a football team right now, from a public relations standpoint, on his back,” the Florida State president, T. K. Wetherell, said Monday. “That’s a pretty heavy burden to lay on somebody.”

Good luck on Saturday. Rolle will know if he gets the scholarship by 5 p.m.; kick-off is at 7:45 p.m. And he’ll make it from Alabama to Maryland via private jet. That didn’t work so well for the Detroit pooh-bahs this week. But I’m sure Florida State football has considerably more resources than the Big Three automakers these days. So why worry, be happy.

OK. Got to stop now. I’m expecting an e-mail from Phil Savage.

And sing along if you want. It will make Friday all the better.

Bobby McFerrin

Don’t Worry, Be Happy Lyrics

Here is a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy……

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The land lord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy
Lood at me I am happy
Don’t worry, be happy
Here I give you my phone number
When you worry call me
I make you happy
Don’t worry, be happy
Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got not girl to make you smile
But don’t worry be happy
Cause when you worry
Your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy (now)…..

There is this little song I wrote
I hope you learn it note for note
Like good little children
Don’t worry, be happy
Listen to what I say
In your life expect some trouble
But when you worry
You make it double
Don’t worry, be happy……
Don’t worry don’t do it, be happy
Put a smile on your face
Don’t bring everybody down like this
Don’t worry, it will soon past
Whatever it is
Don’t worry, be happy