In last week’s newsletter, I wrote about receiving mail and what I think about happiness. (The comments are fantastic. Best thing on the internet right now.)
Despite the news and our country being run by utter turds, I have to say I am really enjoying my life right now.
The older I get, the more I try to say these things out loud.
It’s something I learned from Kurt Vonnegut in A Man Without a Country:
Clouds have lifted around our place. I think we’ve figured out what we’re gonna do for the next couple of years, and that always feels good. My wife and I are two people who like to have a battle plan.
I was reading a Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book in Half Price yesterday, and he was talking about happiness/sadness in terms of mental entropy. I like that idea a whole lot. Our brain wants to take chaos and make some kind of order out of it. With art, it’s the same thing. Putting order — our style, our worldview, whatever — to the mess of experience.
Anyways, I found this doodle/sketch in an old book, and it just felt right for today.