Yesterday was pretty lousy. Quite a lot of silly little things, things you could shake off if they were fewer in number, seemed to come all at once. No major disaster or tragedy, just little annoyances.
I started my annual reading of A Christmas Carol a few days ago and yesterday I got to the Ghost of Christmas present. He’s my favourite as he embodies Christmas spirit so that already helped, but Dickens’ description of Scrooge’s nephew Fred was what struck me… he’s the guy who never bites back, keeps his humour and offers his hand (and home) in friendship. Everyone wants to be him or with him. He is said to have the best laugh known and it is because of him we get this quote:
It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.