Sunday, January 17, 2010

Attitude Adjustment

Well, I guess I'm dedicating this one to Barbara Ehrenreich, whose latest book The Bright Side I have not read. Yes, there are worse problems in the world.

Edit: I just had quite an adventure, was going to post it now, but as I am getting some interesting comments on this post I think I will wait . So, tomorrow I'll be posting about a local Steampunk Enterprise. I've decided to make the link word for Thursday "book", so any post before end of the day on Thursday that includes a book review or recommendation (can be a book you've written) I'll link on Thursday. I'll do a reminder post on Wednesday as well. Let me know in the comments Wednesday or Thursday if you post something.

19 comments:

Kate said...

I like this! It is an apt description of one's mental state on any given day - at least sometimes: )

Celeste Bergin said...

At least your guy is walking forward. The bird has pelted him, all right..but still he walks forward. He walks forward purposefully with positivity. No victim, he.

Ginga Squid said...

I like the textures! Great coat.

Tom said...

put on a happy face! mngrbmfrgnfrgn.

femminismo said...

How too rich! I was just reading a review of Ariel Gore's nonfiction book "Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness." The reviewer, Kristin Thiel, reports a Portland-area car dealership that has (or had) a laminated sign inside the womens restroom that says "Smile!" Mens restroom: none. The book is about the gap between mens and womens happiness. Keeping a happiness journal, for women, might help them see what *really* makes us happy. (and I love your drawing!)

Poet in Residence said...

Just a regular guy on the way to the pub ...


Another good one!

California Girl said...

I didn't read the book either because I already know what she means. I did, however, write about it when it came out. I'd caught her on Jon Stewart. I like grumpy!
http://womenofcertainage.blogspot.com/2009/10/dont-worry-be-happy.html

Chris David Richards said...

Golly gosh, this is good. Recognisable everyday philosophy.

More antiquated exlamations in my next comment.

Ribbon said...

Interesting!

i've enjoyed cathing up on previous posts today...
you really do have a lovely interesting blog.

take care... desperately trying to keep cool here as it is 42 degrees hot!

best wishes
Ribbon

Jasmine said...

I like this one, and after reading Celeste's comment I like the ambiguity of everything happens for a reason... is he lucky?

ArtSparker said...

.Femminismo-Yes, as i commented on Califonria Girls's blog, I have been advised to"SMILE" by guys I was pssing in the street who apparently thought I was thinking too much, or not about them. Can't say I have ever had an urge to continue the conversation.

Jasmine - here's the thing - as a secular humanist, I'm inclined to think "everything happens for a reason" only in the sense that every action has an equal and opposite reaction - that is, not everything is a life lesson. Sometimes one just has to (crankily or not) get on with it.

ArtSparker said...

Celeste - He is that Invictus guy, except with less to worry about.

yvette said...

power to survive in bad times
and how bad the times are
but you are right we have to go on...despite everything the sun goes up and down and up and down

Titus said...

In my country this is considered to be good luck.
Although my mother may have made that up.

Deb G said...

I needed this today! One of the things I love about one year old children is that they get to be whatever they are feeling (at least in my class-I hate the phrase "You are okay but that's a long discussion :) ).

Cláudia said...

Off topic (or not?):

A couple of months ago I learned a chinese proverb that says something like that:

“You cannot prevent the birds from circling your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.”

Your post made me realize that you can't prevent birds from pelting you too. Actually there is little we can prevent and this is something we have to deal with. For instance, in Brazil we all say that being pelted by a bird is a good omen, but when it happens to me I let myself be very grumpy about it, no matter what.

ArtSparker said...

I think in most cultures it is a good omen, I altered it to fit into the continuum. It's probably an early primitive instance of trying to turn something unpleasant into something wonderful.

Jukka said...

Artsparker - I'm ashamed I hav't wreitten in such a long time. I do love your artwoark.

Bee said...

I read an excerpt from this book -- about her experience with breast cancer. It was intriguing.

Sometimes there is a fine line between moanbag and mindless optimist. I don't think we should be cheerful just to please other people . . . but! I like this illustration a lot. T-shirt? I would buy one.