Happy to Be Miserable is a thoughtful essay about, among other things, how happy emotions are harder for people to express than negative emotions. Love, awe, gratitude and joy are more difficult to convey, the theory goes, because it leaves us vulnerable. We're exposed because happiness is hooked to the future, which is of its own nature uncertain. Negativity can be immediately expressed, and so it scratches a different itch. Basically, while being happy is better for you in the long term, we're all kinda lazy and like the short term release valve, the quick hit.
The word "community" is mentioned several times in the essay, and so I wanted to put in my own two cents, since how to build and maintain a positive community is a huge part of my life - both personally and professionally.
Being snarky-funny on the internet is sort of what the intertubes are made of. It's de rigeur. I wouldn't have the internet any other way.
So, I try to take the long view. The concept of community means that we're all here looking out
for each other. Ain't nobody here but us chickens, so let's keep trying
to reach out from a place of empathy. Keep top-of-mind that most of us are happy to be miserable, and accept each other in our moments of less-than-perfection.I don't succeed at being happy all
the time, because that ish is HARD WORK. The only way happy gets easier is practice. Practice not reacting in a frustrated way. Practice laughter. Practice going just a little further into the future.
Practice, practice, practice. Happy is contagious.
For all Ogilvy’s famous disdain for creativity, he also recognized that intelligently applied creativity was crucial to effective advertising.
Like all great copywriters, he understood that formulas can only take you so far. Advertising breakthroughs need a poet as much as they need a killer.
Most good copywriters aren’t particularly good writers. If you are, you have the potential for a remarkable competitive advantage. Just remember that you need to marry the grace, elegance, and thoughtful novelty of your words to a well-thought-out business strategy.
You’re lucky—the strategic part is much easier to learn than the poetry bit.
The hard part for you can be accepting your inner killer. Make peace with the desire to make money (for yourself and your clients) as well as making something beautiful, and you’ll be unstoppable.
I didn't think I'd do an MJ post. But as someone who has loved music & dance my whole life long, it's hard not to: Michael had cataclysmic impact on how everyone understood the essential fusion of music + dance, and how we'd newly see the whole made from the two halves.
We tend to revere artists more when they are gone too soon. "Elder
statesman" fits with grace only a few of the genius musicians: Stevie,
Quincy Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Aretha. Dancers seem to have
even less leeway as we tilt toward the grave - Baryshnikov, Madonna,
and Kylie excepted, the viability of dance as a lifelong profession is
fleeting, at best.
Raised as I was on northern soul (and folk music/classical/showtunes - I'll never outgrow music dorkitude) watching MJ truly PERFORM is still an amazing experience. As Ta-Nehisi Coates says...just watch til' the end.