Not Even the Bats Feel Like Staying in This Belfry

Oh wow, unemployment is turning out to be much more difficult than it seems like it should be.

I mean, how many times during the last few years have I wished for more free time?

s’pose that’s why they say to be careful what you wish for… huh?

If it keeps up like this much longer I’m going to have to be institutionalized.  And, that’s fine − as long as they give me something to do while I’m in there.  …maybe something with a salary, a 401(k)…

So, yesterday I stumbled into this on reddit or digg or something (from http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/mental_health/article4988978.ece):

Steps to happiness:

Connect
Developing relationships with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours will enrich your life and bring you support.
Be active
Sports, hobbies such as gardening or dancing, or just a daily stroll will make you feel good and maintain mobility and fitness.
Be curious
Noting the beauty of everyday moments as well as the unusual and reflecting on them helps you to appreciate what matters to you.
Learn
Fixing a bike, learning an instrument, cooking – the challenge and satisfaction brings fun and confidence.
Give
Helping friends and strangers links your happiness to a wider community and is very rewarding.

Oh, geez.  I haven’t done any of those things all week.

Funny enough, each of those things sounds a lot like what one might experience at, say, a job.

Yup, pretty soon even the bats will start complaining about how the landlord let this belfry go downhill.  They’ll move up to a better neighborhood, one with a Starbucks and a Whole Foods…

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