However FB will put his mask of reclusiveness down and note that the pages of a national newspaper have described his witterings as life enhancing. FB had never considered this a remote possibility, but it having been written in such an august journal, he has to conclude it is true. For such a periodical would not misdescribe anything. Political figures throughout Scotland constantly remind us of this historic publication's unerring way with the truth.
FB's readers may not recognise that their life is enhanced by reading his witterings, so subtle is the effect. Many readers, probably 2 out of the 3 of them, feel simply miserable as a result of scanning these pages, lamenting the time lost when they could have done something useful like sitting looking into empty space.
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By way of illustration of what he can offer, FB has specially adapted for cricketers a set of 10 minute life enhancement techniques developed by some American brainbox with lots of letters (not in alphabetical order) after his name. This earnest chap says 'Sadly, many people measure happiness by how long the experience lasts. The truth is that a few minutes of joy here and there can make a big difference in what you get out of life.' This is so obviously a comment that any lower league batter should bear in mind when he walks out to bat. Duration of the experience is not the issue. But here are the therapies:
Spend a little while watching the sunset with your mate. Nothing extra is necessary. Just sit and take in the natural beauty of the sky and appreciate being able to share it with the one you love. FB's cricketer's version - just don't bat at the end facing the setting sun when the slow bowler who bowls lobs is on.
Sit quietly by yourself. It doesn't really matter where or when. Just let your feelings bubble up and then experience the thoughts flowing out of your mind. Clearing your head and heart will give you extra energy to get through the rest of the day. FB's cricketer's version - this therapy is particularly useful when you've just been triggered LBW by your so called team mate reckoning that a ball that pitched 2ft outside leg and hit you a foot above the knee would have gone on to break the wicket.