May 3, 2021

"Someone at the Times should be more diligent with its (I presume) younger writers who aren't well versed in terms that haven't changed over the year."

"This article should have been titled how to design your bedroom, or how to pick out sheets, a comforter & duvet to match your mood. Making your bed is the process by which you take the sheets & comforter if there is one, & place back into the neat made up condition prior to getting into bed. The neat condition you find a bed made up when you show up at a hotel, or a friend's guest room. Making your bed is not how you design your room for pinterest, it is how you maintain it. As former SEAL Admiral William McRaven told a group of graduates — 'If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you'll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made.' And by making your bed he wasn't talking about picking the best thread count, he was talking about making your bed- anyone over the age of 50 I'm sure knows the difference." 

Writes one commenter at the NYT article "There’s an Art to Making Your Bed." 

More pithily, somebody says: "With a title like 'There’s an Art to Making Your Bed,' I assumed it would contain tips on actually making the bed, you know, hospital corners, ironing sheets or not, etc. My bad."

The top-rated commenter isolates a quote from the article — "The way you dress your bed should communicate something about how you want to live" — and says, "Oh god kill me now." 

By the way, which masculine advice-giver — William McRaven or Jordan Peterson — should get credit for the make-your-bed advice? McRaven!

(This is a post about comments at the NYT, yet there are no comments here on this blog. Oh, the irony! But if you want to say something, you can email me here.)