"Pete reminded me of something: if the world was perfect and everybody had money, everybody drove a BMW or something, nobody was homeless, nobody ever got sick, everything was wonderful, everybody was smart and everything, happy all the time, you'd have to go an awfully long way out of your way to make a difference in this world. You'd have to do a whole hell of a lot to try and improve the way it was. But in a world that sucks, like this one, you don't have to do very much at all! There was never a time in the history of the world when you could do so little and get so much done." -- Arlo Guthrie
This really does qualify as cheerful -- at least as long as you actually go on ahead and do those small, simple things. Or even the big complex ones, if you've got that capability.
For me, Arlo re-releasing that CD with him and Pete was definitely a move towards improving the world, and I appreciate it muchly.
I was thinking of doing that "ten positive things" meme that's been going around. Maybe I will save it.