Hi. How are you all holding on out there?
To quench your thirst for golden nuggets of wisdom about life, and in anticipation of new Happysad cartoons, I’d like to share a quote with you. It comes from the book I’m reading, Timequake, by Kurt Vonnegut.
[Uncle Alex Vonnegut] said that when things were really going well we should be sure to notice it. He was talking about simple occasions, not great victories: maybe drinking lemonade on a hot afternoon in the shade, or smelling the aroma of a nearby bakery, or fishing and not caring if we catch anything or not, or hearing somebody all alone playing a piano really well in the house next door. Uncle Alex urged me to say this out loud during such epiphanies: “If this isn’t nice, what is?”
It just so happened I read this bit in the most perfect of circumstances. It was a calm, sunny Sunday afternoon. I had just been raking leaves in MY garden and cleaning up a bit in MY house. I put some music on, fixed myself a drink and sat down in my comfy chair, while the sun beamed down on me through the skylight. And then I read that paragraph, and it all made so much sense to me. If this isn’t nice, what is?
Sure life can be a bitch sometimes. But as that other (more famous) quote says: “Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length”. And to finally quote myself: I’m not always sad and miserable, you know