A long time ago in a galaxy very very near, there lived a small rotund creature named Ernie.
As you can see, Ernie was a saccharine mix of innocent, playful, and roundly cute. Ernie loved to frolic in the woods with all the birds and the bees (not in that way) and in general his days were full of joy and slightly annoying laughter.
Ernie was at a bit of a loss at this odd treatment but chose to interpret it as one would the darker passages of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (which on his planet was known as the Rinse Cycle). Being a creature of perpetual sweetness and light, Ernie decided to overlook this omen and engage Bernie in friendship.
He offered strolls…
One memorable day though, Ernie had a lot of coffee and wine at the same time and experienced an epiphany!
At this very moment, Ernie realized that he had let Bernie become the authoritative downer on how his time should be experienced. With that realization, Ernie’s joie de vivre instantly expanded to its former rotund proportions – he was free of the tyranny!
“The person who says he has many dislikes and is disinterested in so many things has given themselves less opportunity to enjoy life. Conversely, those with many interests have given themselves just that many more opportunities for joy”.
And he lived happily ever after.