When the children were young there was an often repeated joke that went ‘Look up, look down, your trousers/pants are falling down’. It was one of those family in-jokes that was funny to them, but meant nothing to anyone else.
Musing on ‘Look up… look down’
Jokes…. Many variations… The monkeys on top of the tree look down and see nothing but smiling faces; the monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but…’ …and other less polite versions…
In the countryside… Looking up we see the trees, sky, fields, birds, hills, our wonderful world. Looking down we see our feet, the muddy path and things we might step in; we miss out on all the beauty that’s around us.
With other people… Looking up to people I choose my role models, people I aspire to be like, those who set me a good example. Looking down on others I make myself superior; I show prejudice and pride – there’s no understanding or empathy.
The classic sketch… with John Cleese, Ronnie Barker, Ronnie Corbett about class, wealth and positions in society. There have been many parodies – I particularly enjoyed the ‘therapist’ version (below).
Personally… I can look up with assurance, confidence, walking tall with my head held high; I accept myself and even like myself. Or I can look down, depressed, embarrassed. I don’t like myself; I’ve a poor self-image and hope I’m not noticed.
Students… It’s said that during exams, students look up for inspiration, down in desperation, and left and right for information.
Psalms… ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills (look up) – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.’ (121:1)
‘Why are you downcast, (look down) O my soul? Why so disturbed within me. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.’ (42:5,11)
Look up or look down? I choose.
2 thoughts on “Look Up Look Down”
Can also remember the little Saying come Joke when a very young boy at home. Reading your musing very much reminded me of the glass being half Full or half Empty saying. Also whether it is our natural human “Make up” often at times we focus more on the small percentage of things that have not gone right, ( not to say we should forget them ) rather than the far bigger percentage that has gone well
You’re right Keith…. I guess it’s about choosing to look up, rather than look down all the time.