There’s a fairly obscure (in this country, at least) John Cleese film calledClockwise that I really enjoy. Cleese plays — as he generally does — a man who’s wound too tight, and falls victim to his own intractable nature.

Draw from that what parallels you will.

At one point in the film, after a crushing string of frustrations and defeats, Cleese falls onto his back and cries out, “It’s not the despair. I can handle the despair. It’s the hope!”

The past several weeks have involved a frequent pattern of keeping my chin up… just to have it smashed. Holding my head high… making it a more obvious target. Taking bold steps… and getting kicked solidly in the balls.

Today was the green cherry on top of this creamy shit sundae. At every turn, something else ranging from mildly irritating to positively crushing. Faced with this kind of adversity, I find it helpful to pout and wallow in self-pity.

If only I could finally abandon all hope.

Whatcha think?

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