#Trending Always

“My uncle Alex Vonnegut, a Harvard-educated life insurance salesman who lived at 5033 North Pennsylvania Street, taught me something very important.

He said that when things were really going well we should be sure to NOTICE it. He was talking about simple occasions, not great victories: maybe drinking lemonade on a hot afternoon in the shade, or smelling the aroma of a nearby bakery; or fishing, and not caring if we catch anything or not, or hearing somebody all alone playing a piano really well in the house next door.

Uncle Alex urged me to say this out loud during such epiphanies: “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

― Kurt Vonnegut


2 thoughts on “#Trending Always

  1. James Dunseith

    I remember where I was I first read this: sitting on the terrace overlooking the Conservatory Gardens of Central Park. I stopped reading and decided right then that I would also be someone who remembered to say those words on such occasions. In the 5 (6? 7?) years since then, I have not always succeeded in keeping such a habit, but I do think of Kurt Vonnegut every time I pass those gardens.


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