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Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Yes. Stare out the window. Lie back on the grass and watch the clouds. Imagine yourself in that perfect job, that perfect life.

Walter Mitty got a bad rap. The protagonist of a story by James Thurber, a "Walter Mitty" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as "an ... often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs."

What's so wrong about that?

Who can't afford to let off a little steam now and then, drifting off to a better place, a better life?

Sometimes spending a little time in that world is just what we need to get us through this one.

So who do you want to be? A pirate? Amelia Earhart? Hercules, or his descendant Superman? Wonder Woman? Why not?

Want to be an artist on the Left Bank of Paris in the 30s? Live a little! Be Gauguin in Tahiti. Find the cure for cancer. Write a bestseller.

Then, come back, and use all the peace, self-esteem, or glory you've achieved to get you through the day here.

Daydream. You'll be happier.

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