When it comes to advice…

A Concept Worth Exploring?

When you are going through a bad patch, about the last thing you need is unsolicited advice.  At least, that has always been my experience.  Suggestions gently hinted at… maybe.  But out and out “what you need to do” directions from well-meaning outsiders looking in – please, no!   It’s a lot like book recommendations and usually comes under the category, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.”

So, I was absolutely gobsmacked last night when a friend sent me a suggestion for a book with a title that made perfect sense!  In fact, I didn’t have to go farther than looking at the title to follow the advice contained therein!  Päntsdrunk: The Finnish Path to Relaxation. I was already intrigued.  But, when I saw the subtitle, (Drinking at Home, Alone, in Your Underwear), I felt I didn’t need anymore information at all.  Not right then, anyway.  (It had been a difficult day.)

As it turned out, of course, I wasn’t alone.  And I was fully clothed.  But that Bloody Mary did go a long way toward smoothing out the wrinkles from a long, hard day. After dinner plus an hour or so of television, and after Nyel was safely tucked back in bed, I went online to learn more about the book.  According to the blurb on Amazon.com:

A Tall Glass of Relaxation

When it comes to happiness rankings, Finland always scores near the top.  Many Finnish phenomena set the bar high: the best education system, gender equality, a flourishing welfare state, sisu or bull-headed pluck.  Behind all of these accomplishments lies a Finnish ability to stay calm, healthy and content in a riptide of endless tasks and temptations.  The ability comes from the practice of “kalsarikanni” translated as pantsdrunk.

Peel off your clothes down to your underwear.  Place savory or sweet snacks within reach alongside your bed or sofa.  Make sure your television remote control is nearby along with any and all devices to access social media.  Open your preferred alcohol. Your journey toward inner strength, higher quality of life, and peace of mind has begun.

I don’t know that the “practice of kalsarikanni” will become part and parcel of my daily regime, but I am sufficiently curious about the other words of wisdom that might be found in this book.  I’ve ordered it from Timberland Library and I’m hoping that the copy from Montesano that our friend is reading is not the only one in the system.  If it is, hurry up, Steve!  Relaxing is what we need more of around here right now!

4 Responses to “When it comes to advice…”

  1. Diane Buttrell says:

    Maybe dominoes.

  2. sydney says:

    Been there (with you.)
    Done that (with you.)
    Not an option (for us.)
    I thought “silence was golden” when you wrote this a few blogs ago. Now, at the risk of being rude: Nyel does not like dominoes. Neither do I.
    Love and Kisses, Sydney

  3. Jean Nitzel says:

    I might just have to start that practice myself! thanks for the heads up!

  4. sydney says:

    Yep! I’m all for becoming an honorary Finn!

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