And 'rithmetic? Well, as Mae West once said, "One and one is two, two and two arefour, and five'll get you ten if you know how to work it." That's what this book isabout: knowing how to work it, and having fun along the way.Although a lot can be learned from adversity, most of the same lessons can belearned through enjoyment and laughter. If you're like me, you've probably hadmore than enough adversity. (After graduating from the School of Hard Knocks, Iautomatically enrolled in the University of Adversity.)I agree with Alan Watts, who said, "I am
about life, but I'm not
about it." If you're looking for serious, pedantic, didactic instruction, you will notfind it here. I will--with a light heart--present hundreds of techniques andsuggestions, and for each of them I make the same suggestion:Give it a try. If it works for you, fine--use it; it's yours. If it doesn't work for you, letit go and try other things that may. When you find things that
work for you, Iadvise you to follow Shakespeare's advice: "Grapple them to thy soul with hoops ofsteel."Naturally, not everything in
will be for you. I'm laying out a smorgasbord.The carrot-raisin salad you pass up may be the very thing another person craves,while the caviar you're making a beeline for might be just so much salty black stuffto the carrot-salad lover.If I say something you find not "true," please don't discount everything else in thebook. It may be "true" for someone else. That same someone else might say, "Whatnonsense," about something which has you knowingly muttering, "How true." It's abig world; we are all at different points on our personal journeys. Life has manytruths; take what you can use and leave the rest.
We don't receive wisdom;we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for usor spare us.
If you take from this book ten percent--any ten percent--and use it as your own, I'llconsider my job well done.Which brings me to the question: Who is the
I'll get tothat shortly. (Hint: It's certainly not me--or
as the grammatically correct amongus would say.) (Second hint: It is
not me.)For now, welcome to
. When you were born, you probably had quite awelcome, although you may have been too young to remember it. So, as you beginthis "life," please feel welcome.