To be happy as a bird with a french fry

I’m not sure when this tradition started, but every now and then we tape motivational or philosophical statements to our back door.

Some statement touches one of us enough to share it with everyone.

Of course, after awhile, the new statement becomes just another part of the door. But every now and then, we pause, re-read and reconsider.

One of my personal favorites is this statement: “Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.” I can just imagine a bird happening upon a stray french fry, not a boon the bird could count on or plan for.

So the concept that the image reminds me of is finding joy in the unexpected. Sometimes the unexpected is joyful. And when that happens, we should delight in it.

The quote also implies choice. “Today I will be as happy as ...” We can choose to go into the world with an optimistic attitude, joy in our hearts, and the expectation that today we’ll find at least a moment or two to be as happy as a bird with a french fry.

Sharon Short’s column runs Monday in Life. Send e-mail to

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