Monday, November 26, 2007

The person I'm not, and you probably aren't either

People say you should be happy with what you are, but I think that's crazy talk. It's much easier to be happy with what you aren't. Take me, for instance: I'm not Saddam Hussein, and I couldn't be happier. See how I did that? I'm also not John Howard, and I'm cheerful about that; I'm not Adolf Hitler, and I'm over the moon about that; and I'm certainly not Richard Culvers-Jenkins, a man who you have never heard of, possibly because he isn't - and I'm absolutely ecstatic about that.

As a matter of fact, you could take this theory further. Not only should you be happy with the way that you aren't, but you should also be happy with the way that you weren't and the way that you won't be. That way, you get three for the price of one. You could also add to that list feeling positive about the way that you haven't been, being upbeat about the way that you will not be, and feeling relatively good about the way that you mightn't be, but let's not get too confusing here.

That way, whatever achievements you don't achieve tomorrow, and whatever mistakes you did not make yesterday, you can feel happy about it. And isn't that what we all want?

And remember: today is the first day in the rest of the life of the person you aren't (and possibly who he or she isn't, either). The end.


Gnae-O-Mi said...

I was feeling down tonight and this post improved my mood a great deal :D

I shall meditate further so I may be grateful for what I do not have (measles, gangrene, a tacky dolphin tattoo, debts in arrears, that sort of thing) and then do my best when it comes to making the least of it.

TimT said...

That's the spirit! Splendid blog name, by the way.

Gnae-O-Mi said...

Haha, yes, from one 'Train Man' to another.

Email: timhtrain - at -

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