Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Life is Beautiful...

"Each day's a gift and not a given right

Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride
If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last"

Sometimes there are days when things happen that knock you on your ass, throw you for a loop and leave you standing there with your mouth wide open.  Although you may not always be directly affected by the situation, if you have that little thing called empathy and cry at commercials on the television, then chances are, you are impacted.  

When "bad" things happen, it seems our senses automatically get a tune-up; we become more keenly aware of the beauty in the everyday and are grateful for what may seem to be a mundane routine we are programmed to perform.   
We become consciously thankful for the rain that kisses our cheeks, the music the birds sing, the spouse that chews his gum like a cow, and the tight hugs we get from our kids.  

After the storm, the sting lessens and we go back to our day to day routine in the same manner as we have in the past.  
But, I'd like to think that these challenging life lessons make us wiser about how we experience our daily lives so that it becomes less necessary to be reminded to get a "tune-up".  Life is beautiful, go live it!

"Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future.  You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success.  Never again.  There is a better way."
Mandino, Og

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