Use your mind-grapes to read the following with your best Jimmy Stewart voice:
“Years ago my mother used to say to me, she’d say, “In this world, Elwood, you must be” – she always called me Elwood – “In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.” Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.”
That particular quotation is from the movie Harvey, which is basically about a man whose best friend is a 6′ tall invisible rabbit named Harvey. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
I love this particular quotation, because it reminds me that there are so many important things in life, but it’s so easy to get your priorities confused. It’s easy to spend your time pursuing knowledge or status, trying to be right all the time, or making yourself appear superficially better than you are. It’s not wrong to try to be right, or to legitimately make yourself into a more capable person, but its all to easy to become consumed with these things and forget the pleasant parts of life:
Spending time in good conversation, going on adventures, doing something nice for someone you may never see again, and keeping a positive attitude towards life in general.
In particular, I’ve had a hard time keeping a positive attitude these last few weeks as I considered my future and climbed stress-mountain (thankfully my exams are over for now and I’m on the descent). So I’m trying to resolve anew to be oh-so-pleasant for both myself and those around me. I recommend you join me.