A Mantra for 2009

The NY Times recently ran a review of “Losing Everything,” a memoir in which author David Lozell Martin recounts how he lost everything in short order-– career, home, wife and health-–and survived. I know, a grim subject, especially when the safety net feels awfully thin … there but by the grace of God go I, and all that.

Since I haven’t read the book, this isn’t a review or a recommendation. I was just tickled to learn that Mr. Martin had a mantra he repeated during his most troubled times:

At least we don’t own a monkey.”

Words of wisdom I will keep in mind this year.

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