A Timely Pick-Me-Up

Posted on April 22, 2013


As we gradually gain perspective on the Boston bombing, Lauriate Roly examines the emotional impact such events have on people everywhere.

By Lauriate Roly

Sometimes things going on around me can really knock me flat. I mean things that I simply can’t do anything about. Like wars, or terrible earthquakes happening somewhere on the planet, stories about starving people or unreal human suffering caused by dictating tyrants, or horrible illnesses plaguing those unable to receive medical care and attention, or crimes that could be happening right down the street where we live. Summing up all the bad stuff I am bothered by almost always comes from the overpowering news media. Very seldom have I received what I would call news that inspired over-enjoyment or sensational pleasure for me to experience.

Most news reports that I get invariably spell bad news of some kind.

I have no choice but to live with it. It’s there. It happens. But there are times when the constant barrage will finally get to me, and I become very discouraged and gloomy and I can’t help that my mood reflects on my family and friends. It’s difficult to hide how I feel, though I do all I can not to be overtaken by depression to the point where I shed the shadow of my darkness on the generally happy lives of others around me.

Every now and again, I forget, and that is when I must re-awaken myself to continue to appreciate where I’m at.

A couple of delicious Martinis usually helps but only momentarily. A more effective remedy I have found is to enlist the help of specialized technicians and designers to spruce up my outlook and point me in a better and more life-enriching direction. These specialists are the people I know as writers, artists, musicians and composers, actors and actresses. Specialized and gifted individuals who have created works that I can completely appreciate and enjoy and experience to the point of renewing my outlook on life and to allowing me to be practically oblivious to the cruel world problems that exist around me. Every now and again, I forget that they are there and that I can call upon them when I must re-awaken myself to continue to appreciate where I’m at.

I realize it’s folly to imagine that I am the only one who suffers these moments of despair and hopeless anguish. We are all on the same earth; all more or less in the same boat.

To replace the dreams that once were, thankfully there have been many words spoken and written over time which I have collected and which I can depend on to freshen my outlook and promote and re-ignite my needed re-awakenings. From my precious collection of encouraging and inspirational words that I can rely on to cause continued positive thinking and energy renewal, I often turn to the thoughtful lyrics of many or our contemporary songs and one of the more recent works I refer to very often for inspiration and spirit enlightenment are the beautiful lyrics from one of Alan Jay Lerner‘s memorable and moving songs, which I offer here to anyone who may sometimes feel the need for a little inspirational pick-up. I hope they may inspire and affect others in the same positive way they reach me.

On a clear day.

On a clear day
Rise and look around you

And you’ll see who you are
On a clear day
How it will astound you

That the glow of your being
Outshines every star
You’ll feel part of
Every mountain, sea and shore
You can hear from far and near
A world you’ve never heard before
And on a clear day
On that clear day
You can see forever, and ever, and ever, and ever more.

Alan Jay Lerner



Born in Montreal, Lauriate is bilingual; his mother a Geordie from Newcastle on Tyne, his father a French Canadian Quebecer. Lauriate has traveled widely and has lived in Europe. His involvements are primarily of a creative nature focused on Music, Graphic and Literary Arts in the communications fields of Advertising and phases of the Entertainment business through television and film production.