Ah, Monday morning…inevitable and fiendish. Sometimes I feel guilty about not being all excited and springy-of-step at the beginning of the week: after all, Monday should be the launchpad of a seven-day stretch filled with promise and joy. Yup. That’s usually not the case – I suppose it depends on how much sleep I got Sunday night. Still, around Thursday or Friday I start to believe that the week hasn’t quite been the write-off I figured it for, and all seems positively rosy until Monday rolls around again.
Now, imagine if every day were a Monday.
That kind of thinking is the basis of Lemony Snicket’s book Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid, a collection of his own “quotes.” As usual, Snicket is implacably truthful, and irresistably, simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking. In Horseradish, he offers up unhelpful and hopeless nuggets about the dangers of love, the certainty of death, the tediousness of life, and what to do should an alligator bite off your arm if you’re, say, one of those annoying “glass-is-half-full” kind of people. If you’re seeking inspiring words to encourage greater achievement and enlightenment, then you’re barking up the wrong tree. Mr. Snicket doesn’t roll that way. And I, for one, am thrilled about that. Happy Monday, everyone!