Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How I see life

How We See Life
Howard Thurman

Life is seen as being something to conquer, to struggle with and against. Life is the enemy. It is not be embraced, to be lived. Hence we creep through our days, reacting to our world as if our faith were in magic, rather than in life.

[Humans] must experience life; they must feel it run through their whole being that life belongs to them and they to life.... The test of life is to be found in the amount of pain, of frustration, they can absorb without spoiling their joy in living. To keep alive an original sense of aliveness is to know that life is its own restraint and a [human] is able to stand anything that life can do.

Source: The Inward Journey

How I see life

Got the above just this morning in my email. It describes me pretty well and gave me cause to stop, think and examine; for I do see this life as described in the first paragraph. While not completely as indicated there’s still quite a bit of accuracy in it. I ascribe to the theory that time here is sort of a “tempering” for “better times ahead” and without that promise this transitory life would be difficult indeed.

So, I think I’ll look to the wisdom of the second paragraph in the hope of finding something to uplift me today and henceforth, that “joy of living” if you will; and hopefully enjoy better days for it.


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