Addie Johnson is an actor and helps run Rising Phoenix Rep, a small developmental theatre company. She's also has edited Life Is Sweet, a spritely collection of 333 quotes, aphorisms, and stories about looking on the bright side of things.
In this follow-up volume, Johnson shows how setbacks, failings, and messes can reverse themselves in our minds and be seen as spiritual teachings. Lemons can be made into lemonade just like Jesus turned water into wine. It is possible to make the best out of hard times through the spiritual practices of joy, gratitude, play, and love. Johnson shares tips on how to activate positivity in your life. Here are a few gems that give you a glimpse of what the book is about:
• "What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
• "Get the cranial juices flowing by practicing your Spanish verbs or reciting the one sonnet you remember from high school, or even just thinking of ten words that rhyme with train. Anything to mix up your routine and send your brain a signal that it had better pick up the pace and get with the program."
• "Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished."
• "I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I've written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part."
• "Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."