By Jen Pastiloff.
I have this project. It’s called The “What Made You Happy Today Project.” Well, it’s called that until I think of a better name for it. I ask people that question. Strangers on the street. People I know. People I don’t. People stepping off the bus. People stepping on. People on corners. People with dogs. Old people. Kids. People standing in the bright lights of a supermarket wearing matching pink sweatshirts.
Then, I let their answers seep in and move me. I let it change me- their words. Their lives. I often write about them. What can I say? I’m a storyteller. Watch the video. Wherein I discuss Russian people, being an asshole and happiness. The usual coffee talk, ya know. Post in the comments below what made you happy. Pretty please.
Video after the jump. Jump!
It is my firm belief that we must (or I must) laugh at ourselves daily.
Calling myself an asshole was my way of acknowledging that. Someone so seemingly happy, who, from the outside might not seem that way (she was blind) and how humbling that is. I remember last spring my friend getting back from Africa and telling me how the kids in the village where she was staying were so happy. And how they had nothing. They were so grateful and they had nearly nothing to play with, except themselves.
And there I was whining that I needed new sneakers. The subtitle of my workshop is ON BEING HUMAN, so I agree that we are all indeed human. I just love to get myself in check. I use asshole lovingly. Anyway, post what made you happy below.