Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Life's tiny delights

We usually imagine, don't we, that worthwhile instructions for leading a mindful and happy life will come from the world's great poets or philosophers or spiritual teachers. Here's one from an ad:

Most of us miss out on life's big prizes. The Pulitzer. The Nobel. Oscars. Tonys. Emmys. But we're all eligible for life's small pleasures. A pat on the back. A kiss behind the ear. A four-pound bass. A full moon. An empty parking space. A cracking fire. A great meal. A glorious sunset. Hot soup. Cold beer. Don't fret about copping life's grand awards. Enjoy its tiny delights. There are plenty for all of us.

-- United Technologies Corporation Ad

I'm sorry to say that I don't know what the ad as a whole was like - whether it was in a magazine or on television. But the message is a good one and we would all do well to heed it.

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