Sunday, March 9, 2014


"I am happy even before I have a reason."

       This is worth re-reading. Sometimes we can choose our joy long before we experience it. We can choose to live with a glass half-full mentality, we can choose to wake up feeling blessed, we can choose to give thanks before eating, to pause and look at the sky, to stare out at the moon, to kiss someone we love, etc. We can choose happiness and maybe by this frequent and active choosing we'll find that we passively become happy before we have a reason.
      Mary Oliver once made the observation that the world does not have to be beautiful to function, so she said, "But it is beautiful, and what does that tell us?" Maybe it tells us that we're part of the beauty, to be on the look out for the presence of wonder. Maybe it tells us that all things are deeply spiritual if we consider the alternative - nothing is, the world does not need depth, music, beauty, love to exist. But to merely exist, as Rilke would say, is a tragedy. W
      We can be happy before we have a reason. What will we leave behind in the rooms we once lit? Not just what did we do in our life (though that is a powerful question), but what happens because of our life?

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be in the present gratefully." - Maya Angelou 

The Optimist (2013) 
Arden Gewirtz

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