Smile like you mean it

Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Friday. Or because I chose to wear my insanely comfortable new running shoes to work. But whatever it is, this has been a pretty sweet day. I keep waiting for the one thing to come along and turn me into my old morose, sad bastard self, but it has yet to happen.

(Funny how one thing can make that happen, no?)

So I’m going to live it up. Lucy is beautiful as always and she’s being nice enough to treat me to all-you-can-eat sushi and Chinese food at the best Chinese place in the tri-county area. I’ve ran into a little extra scratch and I’m going to splurge on some CDs. It may storm, but I could be up for a jog in the rain – just for farts and snickers. Who knows what will happen?

I guess, in acknowledging this, I’m taking the advice of the late, great Kurt Vonnegut.

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

It’s all to easy to rant about the things that piss you off. Hell, I do it all the time. But it’s a good break – and just good period – to stop and acknowledge when things are going well. Hey, maybe it’s good to take a break even when it’s not so great and say “It could be better, but at least everything hasn’t gone all to hell just yet.”

I’m sure I’ll revert back to the random, morose rant machine sometime. But at least I’m leaving evidence right here, right now that I don’t always have to ponder the ineffable, esoteric minutiae of everyday life. I am able to sit back and say to myself, “Hey, life can be pretty good sometimes.”

Is that a sign of the apocalypse?


~ by J on August 15, 2008.

One Response to “Smile like you mean it”

  1. Hear, hear. Sometimes it is nice to just look around and say, “Yeah. Life isn’t so bad.” But it is also fun as hell to complain in a humorous manner about the things in life that suck balls. I guess a healthy balance is what’s needed. Seems like you’ve found it, my ever-cynical friend!

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