you ever been to the Grand Canyon?

A few weeks ago one of my favorite bloggers, Joanna Goddard, posted a great piece giving advice about dealing with personal problems that was passed on to her by a therapist.  The basic idea is to picture the Grand Canyon as your full life to gain perspective around how little a current problem in your life really is compared to the big picture.

I really liked this idea, but it also sounded really familiar and actually was something I remember thinking about before.  I just realized that in the aptly named film Grand Canyon, a character says something quite similar and when I saw that movie many moons ago it stuck in some little pocket of my brain only to be rattled out by this recent reminder.  It was a welcome one.

You ever been to the Grand Canyon? Its pretty, but thats not the thing of it. You can sit on the edge of that big ol’ thing and those rocks… the cliffs and rocks are so old… it took so long for that thing to get like that… and it ain’t done either! It happens right there while your watching it. Its happening right now as we are sitting here in this ugly town. When you sit on the edge of that thing, you realize what a joke we people really are… what big heads we have thinking that what we do is gonna matter all that much… thinking that our time here means didly to those rocks. Just a split second we have been here, the whole lot of us. That’s a piece of time so small to even get a name. Those rocks are laughing at me right now, me and my worries… Yeah, its real humorous, that Grand Canyon. Its laughing at me right now. You know what I felt like? I felt like a gnat that lands on the ass of a cow chewing his cud on the side of the road that you drive by doing 70 mph.

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