June 10, 2021 in Dag

Reasons to be cheerful…um…er

I feel kind of bad. I’ve been publishing a lot of grumpy posts lately. And while, as I’ve mentioned before, I really do love a good old grumpy post, there may just be a teensy weensy chance I might be overdoing it just a little.

We all know too much of a good thing can lead to trouble. And besides, being overwhelmingly grumpy does go against one of the primary philosophies behind my writing. Believe it or not, one of my goals is to spread a bit of joy into the world. And while there is undeniable joy in grumpiness, too much just ends up being…grumpy.

So today I’m going to try something different. Today I’m not going to be grumpy at all. Today, I’m going to do something new and revolutionary, at least for me. I’m going to do a cheerful post.

That’s right, a cheerful post. A post that is absolutely brimful of happiness and love. One that will spread good feelings throughout the world.

Okay, so now is the hard bit. What is this delightful and joyous post actually going to be about? What do I possibly have to be cheerful about?

Hmmm, let me think. It’s the beginning of winter and kind of cold and miserable outside. And besides, I can’t really go out and do much anyway because (hooray) Melbourne is in the middle of one if it’s regular COVID lockdowns. So I’m sitting at home feeling cold and stuck. Not a promising start.

How is my health? To be honest, my head is a bit sore. And my arms and legs both feel kind of stiff and tight. Wow, this cheerful thing is even tougher than I thought.

I’m going to have to put quite a bit of effort into this. Come on, you can do it. Think, think, think. Get that little mind engine huffing and puffing as it climbs to the top of the hill. Good thing my brain is still working. I reckon it’s the only thing that is.

That’s it! I’ve got it. I do have a reason to be cheerful. Amidst all this doom and gloom, my brain is still working. I still have my marbles (well most of them). The lights are on and someone is home.

Even though I’m stuck at home, there’s a lot I can do with a working mind. I can actually get my job done, and collect a living wage. I can still nut out the cryptic crosswords, and the sudokus. And I can continue to work on my writing. In fact, I’ve actually made good progress this year – which I’ll no doubt inform you about in my upcoming mid-year progress review.

Hooray for having a working mind. What a wonderful reason to be cheerful.

Right – got that out of my system. Now, from next week, I can go back to being grumpy again.

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