By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
It’s a crazy ol’ world, and that’s the worst thing I’m going to say about the current state of affairs. If you want another helping of bad news, you’ll need to look elsewhere because this sliver of the Mighty Daily Journal is dedicated to improving moods.
I’m primarily concerned with my own mood, so I’m likely to mention things that make me less annoyed, if not outright happy.
But just let me say you look marvelous. I can tell you’re a person of taste and distinction, and you haven’t lost your common touch. It’s a pleasure to have you as a reader today.
We’ll kick things off with the steady decline in gas prices. Mighty Daily Journal photographer C. Todd Sherman and I were pleased to see a sign advertising gas at $2.97 a gallon in Fulton. We don’t want to dwell on why prices are falling. That’s for another day. But, seriously, gas under $3 is cause for celebration in the second decade of the 21st century.
Puppies are great. I’m not getting one now because they chew up furniture and power cords, and they go potty at inconvenient times and places, but puppies are so enthusiastic about life that it’s hard to think bad thoughts when one is licking your face.
Moving on, there’s never been a better time to be a music fan. We could argue about the quality of today’s live music compared to past eras, but technology delivers more music than at any other time in recorded history, including the 1960s.
If you don’t have a high-speed Internet connection or a smartphone, maybe you’re thinking, What about me? Answer: If you absolutely need to hear Elvis’ version of “Blue Moon,” your friends or family could make that happen in minutes, if not seconds. That’s a modern-day fact.
Here’s another reason to be thankful: Cave paintings. Our ancestors took time away from hunting, gathering and generally staying alive to render the world around them on rock walls. How mind-blowing is that?
We overflow with opinions these days, but imagine an early human being effectively saying, “This is how I see it.” In some ways, the first cave painting was equivalent to stepping on the moon. Big, big stuff.
I’m running out of space, so if this column has ticked you off in any way, the fact that it soon will end should lift your spirits. You’re welcome.
Staying on the bright side of life isn’t easy. Thinking about puppies won’t always prevent you from spewing venom at a driver who doesn’t know how to use a blinker, and it’s doubtful that contemplating cave paintings will stop anyone from yelling at TV screens during campaign season. The trick is not letting legitimate eruptions claim any more of our time than absolutely necessary.
To sum up: You’re a fine example of humanity and the rest of us are lucky to have you around. Have a good day, and a great tomorrow.
M. Scott Morris is a Daily Journal feature writer. Contact him at (662) 678-1589 or firstname.lastname@example.org.