When I was a kid, my favourite cartoon character was Tom Wilson’s Ziggy. An insecure little guy, his experience was often of the “Murphy’s Law” variety; if something unlucky was going to happen to anyone, it was going to be to Ziggy. What I loved most about him was his bright side; he always had a way of looking at the world that fostered and built resilience. His loving nature and the way he nurtured both plants and animals taught readers about the simplicity of life and how you can create kindness and tenderness in a sometimes difficult world. Ziggy taught me that character matters. In Ziggy’s words:
- The present is what slips by us while we’re pondering the past and worrying about the future.
- That’s what I like about sunsets..they’re not for sale but you get as many free samples as you like!
- If life knocks you flat on your back, just tell yourself “Things are looking up!”
- I’d rather be a loser with an optimistic attitude than a winner who’s a pessimist.
- If your ship still hasn’t come in, take a lesson from Noah and build it yourself.
And lastly, quintessential Ziggy advice: “Even the little guy can cast a big shadow once he’s found his place in the sun.”
Photo credit: Me 🙂
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