Weekly Digest #33

Thank you for being here today!

May there be peace in your heart, food on the table, and time spent in good company today. May there be.

Here's to your joy!

Mon...Today's joyful news is that a dude picked up a side job: From the National Hockey League: Zamboni driver for the Toronto Marlies and emergency backup goalie David Ayres makes his NHL debut at 42 years of age, stopping 8 of 10 shots to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 6-3 win, all while stealing the show in Toronto.

Tue...Today's joyful news is that Holly McNally is totally awesome: So, who is Holly McNally? She is described by USA Today as a "Highway Hero" - a woman driving on the intertate 4 days after giving birth to her son. On her way home from the NICU, she and her Mother came across a devastating traffic accident and 'a wall of fire'. When she saw the driver aflame, she ran to his aid. With help from another selfless passerby, McNalley was able to get the driver to safety. From Brett Kast's coverage for Fox59 in Indianpolis: 4,000 gallons of jet fuel were spilling out of the overturned semi, and McNally's shoes were now soaked with it. The fire was getting larger, and the three had to move fast... The driver was critically injured, but is alive and fighting.

Wed...Today's joyful news is that a dude said something like, "Take that bet? Oh, you can bet! I'll take that bet, my mind is set." That's possibly what the dude said. From the desk of James Clear, via Pocket:

The Weird Strategy Dr. Seuss Used to Create His Greatest Work

Behind the bet that led to your favorite childhood book. In 1960, two men made a bet. There was only $50 on the line, but millions of people would feel the impact of this little wager. The first man, Bennett Cerf, was the founder of the publishing firm, Random House. The second man was named Theo Geisel, but you probably know him as Dr. Seuss. Cerf proposed the bet and challenged that Dr. Seuss would not be able to write an entertaining children’s book using only 50 different words. Dr. Seuss took the bet and won. The result was a little book called Green Eggs and Ham. Since publication, Green Eggs and Ham has sold more than 200 million copies, making it the most popular of Seuss’s works and one of the best-selling children’s books in history.

For Clear, this story illustrates what he calls "the power of constraints." Many of us find tremendous joy in freedom, so the idea of constraints as something powerful and useful may be counterintuitive. But Clear explains that constraints do a few things by nature: first, they inspire creativity; second, they force you to get something done (instead of procrastinating/considering infinite possibilities).

There are a lot of authors who would complain about writing a book with only 50 words. But there was one author who decided to take the tools he had available and make a work of art instead.

We all have constraints in our lives. The limitations just determine the size of the canvas you have to work with. What you paint on it is up to you.

Thu...Today's joyful news is that a dude wrote an article: From biologist Simon Watt's report for the BBC: Looking at Cute Animals is Good for our Health Queue 'case in point' below...

Fri...Today's joyful news is that a kid gave a man a hug: From McKinley Corbley's piece for the Good News Network:

Toddler Rushes to Hug Pizza Deliveryman Without Knowing He Had Just Lost His Daughter

I'll bet you a Coke that you can't make it through this video with dry eyes. Here's hoping that you get - and give - all of the unexpected hugs that you possibly can in this world.

I created this with gratitude for you, and all of the Joy that you might make today. Let's go have some fun!

Sincerely, Matt PS: If you like what's going on here, please help me to spread it by promoting through social media, or refer your loved and loving ones to Thank you!

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