I think I can finally say that I've found happiness. It wasn't something I really found exactly, but it's something that has been creeping up on me. Not too long ago (and I'm sure not coincidental) I decided to stop trying to make life bend to my wishes. Instead, see the future as one big exciting present. You don't know what's in there but you have to open it because it's for you. I guess it's the taoist view of going with the flow or don't try to fit a square peg in a round hole. Cliché, yes, but only because it's universal.
Just today as I was entering the on-ramp to the highway, my car ran out of gas. I was on my way to one of my many jobs. It could have been a stressful disaster but instead I called Mike, called my job, and started walking to the nearest gas station. I hadn't even gotten 10 yards from my car when a police officer spotted me and pulled over to help. He called TDOT, Tennessee's emergency roadside service, and within 5 minutes a kindly gentleman with a gallon of gas came and put it in my empty tank. This is a public service here in Nashville and didn't cost me a thing! From the time my car stopped accelerating to the time I was back on the road was 10 minutes. Can you believe that? A bad situation doesn't have to be bad.
I started writing a song I think is going to turn out really cool. Here's the title so you can start the anticipation: Peter Meter. That's all I'm going to say. :-)
What I thought then... and what I think now.
Happiness and Out of Gas