20 Sep 2014 MichaelCrawford   » (Master)

I Had a Better Day Today

It's not normal for me to be stuck in such a rut as I have been. All I could think of to do all day long was repeatedly reload a few websites looking for something new to read. I mean like checking google news dozens of times per day.

The following passage from Timothy Miller's How to Want What You Have came to mind:

A sincere and scholarly religious seeker occasionally experimented with mescaline. While spending an evening in his study amid his books, music, and works of art, rapturously intoxicated, he suddenly figured out the secret of happiness. After recovering from his initial exhiliration, he realized he could not trust himself to remember the secret, so he wrote it on a slip of paper where he would be sure to find it later. Sure enough, he felt groggy the following morning, recalling only dimly that he had discovered something momentous. When he eventually came across the slip of paper, he recalled that he had written the secret of happiness on it, and that he had felt quite certain of its power and correctness at the time he had written it. Hands trembling with anticipation, he unfolded the scrap of paper. He had written, "Think in different patterns".

It is quite common for me to get depressed when I come down from a manic episode, but it is not necessarily so. I was determined to have a better day today and I did.

I met a man on Portland's light rail today, who had just successfully popped the question to his lady. That was nice to meet such a happy man.

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