As Good As It Gets

In the 1997 movie “As Good As It Gets,” the best line is spoken by Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) to a group of depressed patients in a psychiatrist’s waiting room.   “What if this is as good as it gets?” he asks in a rather malevolent Jack Nicholson kind of way.  When I first saw the movie 13 years ago (damn! it’s been that long??!), I was kind of aghast at the idea that life could possibly be just one long flat depressing series of ruts and routines.  But as I’ve gotten older (and presumably, wiser), the question of “is this is good as it gets?” has taken on a more spiritual meaning for me.  This truth is that this…the present moment…IS as good as it gets.  Sometimes life IS dull and repetitious, but that is just how life is and most of the time; we just have to make the best of it.

Depending on a person’s outlook, a day can be either a nightmare or a dream come true.  The “Big Things” don’t happen every day…mostly we just go along living our ordinary lives, day to day, and in the middle of our routines and jobs and commutes and walks the Big Things sneak in.  A day can be magic even if it’s just running errands or walking the dog.

Here’s as good as it got for me on a very recent Wednesday.

We woke up…. Well…yeh….


We had a flat tire. Steve from AAA came to put on the spare.


Noticed an interesting pattern while waiting!


We drove to pick up a friend.

Our visitor. 


 Hmm…friend or foe? 


We went for a walk in the neighborhood.

We checked out the local plants & shrubberies.


Ice plant!


Flower Fountain!


Autumn’s leaves.

Hmmmm...tacky or not tacky?


The White Picket House With A Lime Twist.

We drove to the tire place.


The tire place.

We sat in the waiting room.


I fed a feline friend.

I watched the crows fly in….
We slept.
If that’s as good as it got on Wednesday, well, that’s pretty darn good!


About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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3 Responses to As Good As It Gets

  1. Love it!!!! Cool photo of the dog *:) too! Gorgeous bits of beauty that rolling along on perfect tires often obscures…

  2. pjh95811 says:

    Thanks, June! I especially like this one even it was H E Double L getting the photos posted & lined up correctly. Need to work on figuring that one out a bit more! 🙂

  3. says:

    Loved the running commentary. The house with a twist is very familiar. My Buster is tagged with “starving cat”… I’ll bet he really puts it on for you.

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