I took Friday off. I enjoyed it more than the entire Christmas season. I’ll have to think about this some more, and maybe give up on the “countdown to Christmas” calendar that (as my friends know) starts in April. I had a long bath, did some yoga, drank a nice bottle of Merlot. Jasper painted a beautiful picture — a sparse yellow circle with a single orange dot and line below. When he handed it to me he said, “It’s the Buddha, Dad.”

Now I’m back at the office, feeling fine. I don’t want to lose perspective, but it’s so easy to get caught up in work. So, for those of you who didn’t get to nap of Friday afternoon, take a moment to consider the following — to keep that annoying boss/colleague or client in perspective:

Did you know that Jupiter is made up almost entirely of gas, and that it’s famous eye (a dot on it’s surface) is a thousand-year-old windstorm? Have a look. Print out this picture and keep it where you can see it. And when you look at it, remember: The eye on Jupiter is three times bigger than Earth.

Or, if you’re not a visual person, get perspective from Monty Python’s Universe Song, from “The Meaning of Life.” Here’s an excerpt. Have a good day!

“So remember when your feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space
‘Cause there’s bugger-all down here on earth!”

Listen to the song here.

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