Wednesday, December 30, 2009

He drove twenty miles every day to the university where he taught and twenty miles back every night, but he said he hated the twenty-mile drive and he hated the second-rate university and he hated the morons who attended it. He hated the country and he hated the life he lived; he hated living with his mother and his idiot brother and he hated hearing about the damn dairy and the damn help and the damn broken machinery. But in spite of all he said, he never made any move to leave. He talked about Paris and Rome, but he never went even to Atlanta.
-Flannery O'Connor, "Greenleaf"

I feel like I've met this person who is never happy with his situation but does nothing to change it, and I don't ever want this to be me. Life is too short to only talk about what I think would make me happy while suffering through what is making me unhappy. I want to make the best of every situation and know that if things are bad I can work to change them, while knowing change requires action.

It's fiction, but if ever a paragraph is written about my life I hope the author won't be able to use the word hate so frequently. That's something to strive for: cutting out the hate in my biography.

10 comments:

Amanda said...

Beautiful. I like it!

ReathaCopley said...

Hello~happy new year............................................................

Alamane Nicholas said...

Epic post! Browsing through Blogspot blogs, passed yours and it was probably the first one that hooked me with the first post that popped up. Probably gonna keep checking back every once in awhile. Hope this comment finds you happy, well, and not hating things ^^
If you ever have the time, check out my blog (though it is random, confusing, and generally odd) At Least Once
Be warned that I cannot refund any time lost or wasted checking it out.

lostworld_me said...

Loved it!

黃金獵犬 said...

Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume. ....................................................

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PHOIPAKCHOI said...

yea, i'm trying to cut all the hate out of my life too. i like ur post. well said!

eazyeazy said...

Nice stuff and insightful. Never act like a loser cuz pretty soon you are not on stage but you are still playing the role.

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James Gatz said...

admirable goal. I enjoy.

ashley said...

great outlook on life: cut hate out of your biography.. if only the whole world could accomplish this