I've often thought that it would be fun to write a book about happiness and habits that would consist of a series of New Yorker cartoons, with my commentary.
Wouldn't that be fun?
Consider, for instance, this cartoon by David Sipress. A guy in an office looks up from his computer to see Death, with his hooded cloak and scythe, walking through the door.
The guy says, "Thank goodness you're here--I can't accomplish anything unless I have a deadline."
This reminded me of a couple of principles of happiness and good habits.
First, we all share that ultimate deadline. The days are long, but the years are short. I often remind myself: don't wait to find time for something that's important to me; make time for it now. Because we never know when we'll run out of time.
Second, for most people, deadlines -- and other forms of external accountability -- are very helpful. If there's something we want to accomplish, it's helpful to put a deadline around it. Something that can be done at any time is often done at no time. Deadlines help.
I admire the ability of cartoonists to capture large ideas in a single image and a few lines of text.
Is there a cartoon that you saw where you thought, "Wow, this cartoon says it all"? Or a cartoon that you've kept on the fridge or above your desk, for years?
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