Ripples #678: The Risk of Living.
For our tribe of 30,943 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
Here is the world.
Beautiful and terrible things will happen.
Don’t be afraid.
-Frederick Buechner, submitted by Amy in Charlotte, NC
It takes so much to be a full human being
that there are very few who have
the enlightenment or courage to pay the price…
One has to abandon altogether the search for security
and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.
One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.
One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing.
One needs a will stubborn in conflict,
but apt always to total acceptance
of every consequence of living and dying.
-Morris West, submitted by Jessica in Brooklyn, NY
Remember, folks, we have only one day to live: Today. We cannot live in the past or the future, although we are sometimes tempted by worry, guilt, and regret to try. It just doesn’t work out that way. Yes we need to keep our eye on what is coming up in our lives, and it is true that our past offers some valuable history lessons worth keeping in mind. AND: Today is where it is at, it the right place to be; it’s what all the cool cats are drinking. So let’s grab a red Solo cup and fill it to the top with the delicious, thirst-quenching tonic of THIS VALUABLE DAY!
Embrace all the good and all the messy and all the joy and all the sadness: indeed, let’s you and I enjoy the RISK OF LIVING just for today. Okay?