Thursday, November 15, 2012
KV Wisdom - Inspiration Thursday
I have lots of favored authors. I so enjoy books and so enjoy reading and learning that this is just bound to be the case. Working in a library really doesn't help narrow it down either. If anything its been the opposite. There are so many gifted authors out there that I could never list all those who have helped shape and change me and my thoughts and my perspective of the world I live in. But, there is one man who I know to be my most favorite--the one that jumps to the very top of the list without any hesitation on my part--the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. I've read everything I could get my hands on by him and only once has his writing made me think "I don't know...that was only okay..." (And even that book I feel I should read again because maybe I misjudged it as a 16 year old) It is smart, sometimes sharp, almost always chuckle-inducing satire that really resonates with me.
“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.”
This afternoon, as the sunshine is melting the snow and allowing me to walk about out of doors without a coat on--in November, I had to pause and say to myself "If this isn't nice I don't know what is." This is a habit that Matt and I share thanks to Kurt and his uncle who originally gave him the advice. There is so much to be thankful for--even on a seemingly bad day--that I think it is very important that we take the time to note it.
And related to that--we should be kind. Thankful and kind. Kurt has a quote about that, too. (Well, actually one of the characters he created said this one, not Kurt himself.)
"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind."