Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Philosophy of Agent Cooper

Twin Peaks is the most quotable show and we all have our favourite lines. One of my most loved is from who else but Special Agent Dale Cooper: "Harry, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present." The scene takes place in the Double R diner and Cooper demonstrates to Sheriff Truman how something as simple as a cup of hot, black coffee can become a highlight of your day. I absolutely love Dale's optimistic outlook and enjoyment of life's simple pleasures and recently I've been attempting to take on his philosophy and make it part of my own lifestyle.

Daily I've been taking the time to consider what present to give myself to ensure that pleasure can be found in each day, no matter how mundane it may have been. This week for example I had some stand out presents such as the purchase of the new Twin Peaks OST vinyl and last night I went for dinner and drinks at my favourite diner after work. But it doesn't always have to be extravagant. Wednesday was a particularly warm and sunny day in London and after work I went for an evening stroll in the park with a friend and we enjoyed a glass of rosé wine brought from home to enjoy whilst the sun set. 

This all sounds terribly happy bully of me (Betty Briggs and her smiley face badge come to mind) but making sure there is one thing, no matter how simple, in your day that makes you think that day was worth living can really make a difference to an outlook on life. Life is at times so stressful, disappointing, unfair and harsh. Finding ways to stop the darkness from seeping in is so important. So, I urge you to take on the philosophy of our trusted Special Agent and if you haven't done so already, give yourself a present right now! On that note, I'm going to pop open a bottle of fizz...

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