The Lamplighter

One of my worst habits is overthinking things rather than just doing them. Sometimes it's productive to keep in mind that you don't need a grand explanation for everything you do! I recently found a simple reminder of this in that loveable book I mentioned last week, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince.

In chapter 14, the prince visits a curious planet and befriends a lamplighter whose sole occupation in life is lighting a streetlamp at sunset and putting it out at sunrise. The situation is absurd: the sun rises and sets every 30 minutes, and the lamplighter is the only human on the planet. But the prince insists that the lamplighter is the least absurd character he has encountered in his wanderings; his work is useful, because of its aesthetic value.

Turns out, the lamplighter has his own problems (he's pretty sleep-deprived...), but what made me smile was the prince's faith in him. The petite hero is convinced: creating beautiful things is a totally worthy use of time. Right?

Anyone else an overthinker?