Two blog posts I read today struck a similar chord, and I think both are worth sharing.
From bardcat, on "a mission:"
cannot calculate the pros and cons or the what ifs of tomorrow. I can
only live today, this moment, now! I can choose happiness today."
I also love the quote from the Dalai Lama that he used in this post.
From Jo Knowles:
the ugly days, when your world has come to a screeching halt, it may
seem impossible to you that it's still spinning perfectly for everyone
else. ... When life is beautiful, you might not want to hear about the
stomach flu your friend's son has, or about the dying twenty-year-old
cat of some acquaintance on Facebook .... Because the world is spinning
perfectly that day, and you do not want to be pulled off the ride one
"... And what I'm learning over and over again is that
life, whether ugly or beautiful, is a gift. What we do with it is a
I know, and I believe these bloggers know, that "making
the choice" is not easy. It's not a snap of the fingers. It's not about
denying true pain or stuffing it down. It's about looking for the beauty
in this moment, the beauty we might not notice because there's so much
else going on, much of it ugly and painful.
This also fits with a passage in a book I'm reading (Body Counts,
by Sean Strub), in which the narrator visits a friend who is dying of
AIDS (one of many Strub knew who died that way). "'I am way past the
point where I would have thought I wanted to die ...'" Strub's friend,
Ken Dawson, said. "'But today is a good day,' he went on. 'I am glad to
see you.' He lightly squeezed my hand. 'Do you see how beautifully the
sun shining through the window reflects on the wall?' ... He gave a wan
smile. 'I never thought I could be so sick and yet still have such a