Doing things differently since 1984
When a tragedy strikes us unexpectedly like the one that took place in Boston yesterday, it makes us pause and consider our humanity – its frailty, its potential for evil deeds, and also its spirit of compassion. I have seen all of these demonstrated in the last 24 hours.
I have seen such an outpouring of mourning and sympathy over the lives and innocence lost, it has at times been overwhelming. I considered adding to it, but instead decided to celebrate life – one more thing that we all share as human beings, and that we all have the privilege to enjoy for some time or another. I’ve compiled a shortlist of little things that I think make life worth celebrating… do you have any to add?:
Hug a friend, hug a partner, hug a child, hug an animal… either way, I think hugs make life that much sweeter.
2. Sunshine sneaking through trees
Because sometimes we need to be reminded that even something as common as sunlight can be beautiful.
3. That feeling of accomplishment
It doesn’t matter if you’ve just climbed Mount Everest, or finally got ALL the laundry done; that swelling sense of pride and relief is better than medicine.
This word is too often used to mean money… But the best kind of giving – whether it is a heartfelt gift, a compliment, or an evening of your time – is the kind that travels direct from one person’s heart to another. I’ve never met a frequent giver of this kind who doesn’t enjoy life.
Let’s admit it – we can get mushy all we want, but humor makes life edible in our worst times, and absolutely scrumptious in our best.
It doesn’t matter if you’re running around a field or sitting around a table (the second one for me, thanks!) – “go play with your friends” is not only to be said to children. Just don’t take it too seriously!
I’m just kidding. I don’t like bacon. But a lot of people seem to….