I was only this week introduced to the genius ramblings of Australian comedian, Tim Minchin (h/t KMJ) and in that particular piece, he asked a question that stuck with me. A question that I’m sure a lot of us have asked ourselves at one point or other: “Isn’t this enough? Just this…world? Just this beautiful, complex, wonderfully unfathomable, natural world?”
Regardless of whether one is religious or not, believes in an afterlife or not, we all have a tendency to forget how short this life is. We get caught up in the day to day, point out the faults in everything and everyone (including ourselves) and spend our time at this scathing and bitchy website. We foster our dark sides, letting the cynical override nearly all our emotions so we can point out the faults of movies, celebrities, politicians and even each other. I’m no shrink, but in a world where we often feel out of control—our planet seems ill-equipped to handle our abuses, failed economies and strife lurk around nearly every corner and Mother Nature stopped by to show us all who really is boss—cynicism is our hard, protective outer shell. As the people of Japan struggle to survive, some of us can donate time or money and others don’t know what to do. Some of us pray. Some of us hope. Some of us ignore. When I went to my yoga class Monday evening, the instructor did what a lot of yoga instructors do when disaster has struck: he asked us to dedicate our practice to the people whose lives have been turned upside down. Some people, religious or not, believe that putting out positive thoughts or energy can affect themselves and others. And so, what the heck—who knows if it works or not, it can certainly do no harm—we put that good energy out there.
At this point you’re probably wondering how this roundabout is leading to a comment diversion. Put together Tim Minchin’s thoughts on appreciating this life, in this world and the idea of positive thoughts or energy or prayer and take today to find something good in your life to keep in mind. Think about where you are and where you could be. I think at some point, we’ve all had someone give us a break or do something for us that made a difference in our lives. For me, it was a man who was not my biological father stepping in and fulfilling the role of not one, but both my parents. Without being too corny, I can honestly say that were it not for him, I would either be dead or in an alternate life bearing some resemblance to Trainspotting or Requiem for a Dream. More than once he got me out of a terrible situation and without doing everything for me, sent me in the right direction.
Who do you appreciate? Who made a change in your life? Who did something to help you along your way?