A customer sat staring sullenly into his drink. "Something wrong?" asked the bartender.
"Well, two months ago," the young man replied, "my grandfather died and left me $85,000 in oil stock."
"That doesn't sound like something to get upset about," said the bartender.
"But last month, my uncle passed away," the young man continued. "He left me $150,000."
"So why are you sitting there so unhappy?"
"Well, this month so far, not a cent!"
Perhaps he had not read Horace's words about how to be happy:
Happy is the man and happy is he alone,
He who can call today his own.
He who is secure within can say,
'Tomorrow do thy worst,
for I have lived today.'
Today is all we have, really. Now is the best time to choose happiness.
-- Steve Goodier (Life Support)