If you ever watched the show Twin Peaks (great show, by the way), you know that Dale Cooper, Special Agent, had a penchant for enjoying the little things in life. Though dutifully fulfilling his law enforcement obligations, he understood the importance of living and thinking dynamically, not submitting to the monotonous routine many believe inescapable in today’s world.

I’m with Agent Cooper; I refuse to accept any implication that “settling into a groove” is somehow the all-encompassing proper way to live. On the contrary, I believe that to do so is to deny our own human nature. After all, we thrive on diversity; our physical existence is defined by our exposure to external stimuli. To subject oneself to the same routine, day-in and day-out, would serve only to dull our senses, and with them our sense of life.

I know, I know; it’s not as if the real world allows us the luxury of simply doing as we please ALL of the time. I understand there are certain responsibilities that must be tended to on a daily basis, certain constraints we must live within; however, it is up to us, whenever possible, to add some much-needed zest to what could otherwise be a sadly two-dimensional (depressing?) existence. Often this means taking advantage of the little things. I don’t think I could put it any better than the words of Dale himeself: “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it, just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair or…two cups of good hot black coffee. Like this.”

Man, did that guy love coffee.