Why can't human beings control the weather?
People are always trying to control the weather, in their personal relationships, their work environment, or in the big-picture areas of human destiny. But this can’t be done, not reliably, not consistently, so wouldn’t we be happier, calmer, less driven and crazy, if we put less effort into trying to make everything turn out the way we wish it would?
And another thing. Why don’t we give dinner parties?
There were a lot of other things Nan’s boyfriend, Ryan, said to her after that but that was the one she focused on, because she had heard all the others before. He had been saying things like this to her for weeks, repeating and adding to a detailed list of her flaws, as he saw them. You don’t have any friends. All you do is work and watch tv. I mean, you’ve been really great to me but I can’t help how I feel—I’m bored.
Eventually, after the dinner party remark Nan had come up with an answer, but even she knew it would pro…