December 2008

Editor's Note: December 2008

Author: Maggie Washo

Most of my fondest memories are when something didn’t quite go as planned and a funny story resulted. Perhaps it wasn’t funny at the time, but days, weeks and years later, the fact that something went awry is what makes the moment so special and so hilarious to recount.

It is the wet dog that ran up on the beach and shook sand all over the couple getting married. It’s that time you got stuck in an elevator and missed a job interview. The five hours you were stranded on a boat that wouldn’t start—in the middle of the night. The chicken pox that dotted your face in your school photo.

I think these moments serve a dual purpose. First, they make you appreciate when everything does go as planned. And secondly, they give you perspective on what is really a big deal and what just seems like it is at the time.

Perhaps my thoughts are turning to this because we are definitely not going through easy times right now. People you know are being affected by the recent strain on our economy and the long war in Iraq. And while neither of these events is in the least bit amusing—nor will they be in future days, months and years, perhaps they can make us realize how lucky we still are, compared to others.

To quote one of my favorite movies, Pollyanna, “When you look for the bad in mankind, expecting to find it, you surely will.” To go along with that, if you have a doomsday attitude about everything, your worst fears will most likely become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Why not find something to be “glad” about today, even if everything is going wrong? You can start by being glad there are 10 nice-looking men to admire, starting on page 26.

See you next year!

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