I found an interesting statement in a Wall Street Journal review of a new book of the letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder, writer of the “Little House” series about her childhood in the Midwest and on the prairie. It seems that, in her eighties, she did a radio broadcast, to the “Children of Chicago”, and this is what she said:
“…the real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong.”
How many of us take the time to do all those things, in the midst of our hectic lives? How many of us laugh when we do something embarrassing (like spilling an entire dish of spaghetti sauce all over the kitchen), instead of getting angry and throwing things? I think Mrs. Wilder’s attitude is just right.
Stay cheerful out there!