Thursday, March 01, 2007

This He Believes

In my opinion, the following essay by Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips is absolutely required listening or reading.

For NPR's This I Believe, his essay is entitled Creating Our Own Happiness.

An excerpt:
I noticed two people huddled together at the bus stop. To my eyes, they looked uncomfortable; they looked cold and they looked poor. Their coats looked like they came from a thrift store. They weren't wearing stuff from The Gap. I knew it because I'd been there.

The couple seemed to be doing their best to keep warm. They were huddled together, and I thought to myself, "Oh, those poor people in that punishing wind."

But then I saw their faces. Yes, they were huddling, but they were also laughing. They looked to be sharing a good joke, and suddenly, instead of pitying them, I envied them. I thought, "Huh, what's so funny?" They didn't notice the wind. They weren't worried about their clothes. They weren't looking at my car thinking, "I wish I had that."

1 comment:

john h said...

Thanks so much for this...i followed the link...he ends with:

'Try to be happy within the context of the life we are actually living. '

Profound!