I am doing the internet equivalent of the old-fashioned writer's dawdle of sharpening pencils. I am finding writerish things via Google and YouTube. Because both of these videos made me laugh out loud and think that pencil-sharpening time is about over, here they are. Kurt Vonnegut, whom we can also thank for this:
1. "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.'"The actual advice here is technically a quote from Kurt Vonnegut's "good uncle" Alex, but Vonnegut was nice enough to pass it on at speeches and in A Man Without A Country.
Though he was sometimes derided as too gloomy and cynical, Vonnegut's
most resonant messages have always been hopeful in the face of
almost-certain doom. And his best advice seems almost ridiculously
simple: Give your own happiness a bit of brainspace.
Too many days spent too tightly ensnared in our own company or even more alarmingly, our own thoughts, may drive us to distraction. I am trying to get back on track. Being reminded that others are out there in one-man gliders, hoping to catch the necessary thermals and ridge lifts to carry them a safe and predictable distance helps.