Looking Up

Things are looking pretty good, from where I sit. I’ve settled into my new office, which is small by the standards of our building, but huge by any reasonable standard, and which has both north- and west-facing windows (giving lots of sunshine and cross-breezes) and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The new locale has even inspired some actual work today; I’m happy as a clam.

To top it all off, I just received an email message, the details of which I won’t reveal — but I will say that the message contains both good news about my new project and a potential opportunity for my old, and so I’m feeling all-around pretty optimistic this afternoon.

I’ve decided that there needs to be invented some sunshine-oriented version of “when it rains, it pours.” Is there such a phrase? Or are we so much more cautious with our optimism than with our pessimism that no one has tempted fate by imagining that good things might also come in threes?

5 thoughts on “Looking Up

  1. Okay, granted, “when it rains, its pours” could conceivably be optimistic, if you were a farmer, perhaps, and really really needed rain. Having just over the last couple of days watching Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring, that possibility did occur to me. But right behind it, I started thinking about such rains in SoCal; when it pours, the topsoil gets washed away, which undoes the whole good-thingness of rain, farm-wise.

    And Francois? Helen Keller? Yes, there’s a model for optimism in the face of all sorts of worldly forces to the contrary — but it’s hard not to read that phrase as wildly ironic, all things considered…

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