Q. What’s really bugging you this morning?
A. The question is starting to bug me.
A. Because it presupposes that there’s something bugging me. But there isn’t. I’m feeling really good this morning.
Q. Then why did you select the question?
A. Because I assumed there would always be something bugging me every morning.
Q. Why did you make that assumption?
A. Because there usually is. Something bugging me. Every morning.
Q. But this morning there is not?
A. No. Not really.
Q. Can’t you come up with something?
A. I suppose I could. But what’s the point? What’s the point of dredging negativity out of my subconscious, when in my conscious mind, I feel positive about life, myself, and the world?
Q. How can you possibly feel positive about the world?
A. What do you mean?
Q. Isn’t the world going to hell in a hand basket?
A. So what else is new? The world’s been going to hell since time immemorial. Since the Garden, to be theologically specific. That doesn’t mean we still can’t find good things about it.
Q. What’s good about the world?
A. Beauty. What does it say in the Desiderata? “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.”
Q. You believe this?
A. Yes! What people seem to do is to focus on the negative. Then their worlds become dismal, because they make no effort to see the positive. But there’s always positive. Positive abounds. One only need tune into it.
Q. But isn’t that denial? Like an ostrich? Hiding your head in the sand?
A. It can be. But it doesn’t need to be. It’s only denial if you also deny that bad things are happening.
Q. And you don’t?
A. I try not to. But at the same time, I don’t deny that good things are happening either.
Q. Why not?
A. Because I’m happier when I focus on the good things, despite the bad things.
Q. Would you say you are a happy person?
A. Pretty much, yes.
Q. And you attribute this to your focus on the positive?
A. Largely, yes. This is also biblical. Look what St. Paul has to say about it, in his letter to the Philippians:
Q. So you try to focus on what’s true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable?
Q. What’s lovely?
A. I don’t know. What is?
Q. What do you mean, what is?
A. I’d like to know what you think is lovely.
A. Not you, silly. My readers! What do my readers think is “lovely?” Tell me.
The Questioner is silent.