Such a perfect day
Life has so many ups and downs that seasick tablets are part of my diet. But, always, a quick cast around and I find a million reasons to count my many blessings. Heck, life ain’t perfect… but it is so much fun!
Inspiration for happy thoughts are easily found everywhere. Think about that singer whose music you appreciate so much: he/she hardly talks about the tough days before making it big. (Garth Brooks was a shoe salesman. Madonna worked in Dunkin’ Donuts.) The actor who worked the odd jobs while waiting for that breakthrough role. (Sean Connery was a milkman. Bill Murray was a pizza maker. Nicolas Cage was a popcorn seller. Sandra Bullock was a cocktail waitress. Jennifer Aniston was a waitress in a burger cafe.) The famous writer who was on the dole before hitting it big (J.K. Rowling and many others). See more at Before They Were Famous.
The truly great and the good will always be humble. And truthful. They’ll tell you that brushing aside life’s little thorns will leave you with a few scars but also many deep fond memories.
Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
– John Dryden
Burning the candles on both ends makes life a bit brighter. As Thomas Edison told us, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Wow. What a thought. So it makes perfect sense to heed Edison saying, “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.” Or, as Sam Walton said, “It’s not what you drive, it’s how you’re driven.”
Richard Branson, a fun-loving successful guy (billionaire – yep, you do get some good ones), often talks a lot but says a little, all in good fun. But when he does straight talk, it is less tongue-in-cheek than might appear. In reading his book, Screw It, Just Do It!, you just might discover a bit more about yourself… that yondering perfect plan you always had in mind, that tiny bit of genius you know you are [hey, give room for modesty]. It is clearly there. Still, you have to burn the candles.
Lighting the fire of life – your own life – has some risk involved, though. Too close to the flame and you might get burned. Then again, if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. But stay around and the proof is in the eating. “No risk, no reward,” Leo Buscaglia told us. “No pressure, no diamonds” – Mary Case.
J.K. Rowling sums it up: “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
After all is said and done, how was your day today? How did you count your blessings? What is on your mind today? How do you value yourself today? What is your worth? Take a moment. See the blind man? Heard a deaf person speaking? Did you go around in a wheel chair today? If not, you, like me, are so fucking lucky.
Damn! It’s been such a perfect day! Don’t you just love it?!