A couple of months ago, my husband read a post online that suggested something simple yet revolutionary: the author recommended that the easiest way you could improve your comfort and happiness right now is to go buy several pairs of your favorite, most comfortable socks and throw all of your other ones away. Why waste any of your time wearing uncomfortable socks? Maybe it shouldn't have been, but that suggestion was eye-opening for us - we'd somehow never thought to do that before. My husband and I have now adopted that small suggestion as a central philosophy in our day-to-day life - why not optimize the easily-controllable parts of your life for maximum enjoyment? Don't you love the simple brilliance of it? It's amazing how sometimes the smallest improvements can generate a tangible increase in happiness.
Speaking of comfort, I had the John Mayer song "Comfortable" stuck in my head all day yesterday. Have you heard it? I know John Mayer's not for everyone, but I really love the live version of this song (find it here). The thing I love most about it is his live addition at the end, which goes: "that you were my first love/is just dumb love./A technicality./You were ahead of me."
For the longest time, I thought he was saying "That you were my first love/is just dumb luck." Maybe that isn't what he says, but it's a statement that rings true every time I (imagine I) hear it - day after day, I marvel at the unbelievable, incredible, completely dumb luck I was so blessed to experience when I ran into my husband when I was 19 years old. It felt so wonderfully tragic at the time - I fell so hard for him, but our situation was so hopeless, with him at Stanford and me at Rice for three more years. But it worked out. And in so many ways, I have dumb luck to thank for it.
I hope you all have wonderful Wednesdays - this week's just flying by, don't you think?