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It’s Not All Bad: Or how I learned to stop worrying and love life


It may be the changing of the weather, it may be the sunny days which have greeted us most mornings over the past few weeks or maybe it’s some unseen force in the universe; but I think things are pretty damn good.

Not good in a superficial sense but in a real sense.

Often times we’ll convince ourselves that things are “good” and pretend everything will work out – like a child knowing of his parents impending divorce we tend to stick our fingers in our ears in hopes that we don’t have to hear the truth because maybe if we can’t hear it, it won’t come true.

Not that kind of “good.”

Not the kind of good that is thinly spread across the cracks in pavement in hopes it will strengthen the already crumbling foundation. Instead I feel that this good is one that clear cut a dying forest – clearing out the rotten stumps and moldy mushrooms to make room for fresh, living stronger trees and plants.

This new forest carries all of the essential nutrients to bring life back to the woods and slowly it will once again fill with animals who continue the cycle of life and death bringing new animals to the woods.

This is what our time over the past few weeks has become; a beautiful thriving forest filled with babbling brooks and lush plant life.

This is what I see in my mind when I say that things are pretty good.

Over the past year we’ve talked about re-evaluating your life, re-establishing your goals, re-doing your hair, making changes, making promises, breaking promises and a whole lot of other helpful advice to not only strengthen your mind but strengthen your soul as well.

But not everything needs to be strengthened.

Sometimes – maybe, just maybe – you’re strong enough.

Maybe you don’t need help and maybe you have the confidence and the drive to achieve your goals. Sometimes you’re at a point in your life that work isn’t annoying and bothersome – but instead it motivates and challenges you. Sometimes you’re at a point where you’re with the person you had always dreamt of being with and maybe your family is as loving and caring as they’re ever going to be.

Sometimes everything is good.

And I don’t mean “Good: Mommy and Daddy are getting a divorce,” I mean “Good: The Forest is Thriving and this is a great time to be alive.”

I’m not saying you have to be grateful for what you have every day – but you do have to acknowledge that you are really, really lucky.

Out of every planet in our infinite universe you got one that has life – you could have been a microscopic parasite on Mars – but no; instead you got to walk on this big blue marble we call Earth. Out of that big blue marble you had a 1:1,000,000 chance to be conceived, born healthy, survive the early years, grow strong, think for yourself etc. And even after all that – you were born in a time where your race or gender or sexual preference was accepted and often even encouraged; where technology was on the cusp of amazing advances, where diseases and deformities may soon be a thing of the past, where you are encouraged to speak your mind and read and write and think and laugh and play.

You rolled the dice of life and not only did you roll a perfect 6 you rolled that dice about 1000 more times and hit a six every damn time.

So take a second – think about what you have – think about how you have the ability to read a post on a Wednesday morning (or afternoon) and smile because of everything you know and that above everything else you know the truth;

Things are pretty damn good.



One Comment leave one →
  1. Donald permalink
    2013/07/16 1:20 am

    It’s hard to come by educated people about this subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

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