Happiness?

Quote of the Day
“Most true happiness comes from one’s inner life, from the disposition of the mind and soul. Admittedly, a good inner life is hard to achieve, especially in these trying times. It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline.”
W. L. Shirer

I do agree with one assertion that he left out “And not listening to the daily news.” but I have no idea when this quote was written, so the daily news may not have been such prophets of doom & gloom at that time. That aside, it’s a pretty fair quote to live by. Far too many believe that their happiness rests in others…. If you can’t love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? (Well, other than your mother…)

Okay so I’m back. I haven’t really been gone, just unmotivated towards doing any blogging. That and pretty much everything else lately. It’s odd though because I haven’t felt depressed… just haven’t been able to make myself get excited about working except in short spurts.

I’ve also been working on finding a part-time job. I’ve actually got a short well-paying gig tomorrow, but that doesn’t help me when it comes to my financial discord as I’m not getting a W2 from it, just a 1099. Which isn’t really good to be getting nothing but, as i discovered when doing my taxes this year. Even though the vultures at the IRS are leaving me alone, the ones at Social Security want money whether I paid taxes or not. This is otherwise known as the “Self Employment Tax” which is a major pain in the ass as it gets added in after your tax figure is computed and my Earned Income Credit only cancels out half of it. You just can’t win.

Speaking of taxes…. I heard the Postal Service is raising their rates another penny again in May. This usually isn’t so bad except the non-first class items’ rates (Priority Mail, Box Rents, Parcel Post, Express Mail, etc.) go up exponentially to outrageously overpriced numbers. Considering that the majority of postal workers, and dare i say it, federal employees are overpaid and underworked. Sure the letter carriers do some serious work, but anyone that’s watched the glacial progression of a line at the post office can see that so few of the other employees take any pleasure in their jobs, nor are they very motivated to do any portion of their jobs with anything resembling haste. Well, except for during the end of the year when they’re so overwhelmed they actually feel pressured to get the job done… and do it half-assed a great portion of the time. This lack of enthusiasm would hardly be treated with any sort of respect in the private sector… but they have America by the short & curlies and know it. I think it may be time to outsource the postal system to the private sector or just privatize the whole thing. Things were honestly better when the government was actually subsidizing the post. I’d never advocate that they become a cabinet department again, but this hybrid federally owned corporation is a joke as long as congress sees fit to pick on them.

Anyway… I guess that’s enough ranting for now. Hopefully I’ll blog more. My therapist likes the idea of keeping a journal anyway.

Cheers.

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