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Joy is the best makeup.
-- Anne Lamott
 

 

Wednesday, May 3, 2000

The great experience

Today you have the opportunity for a great experience. Today you have the undeniable chance to really live. It is up to you to take advantage of that opportunity. It is up to you to make the most of this day. It is up to you to live the great experience that this day offers.

Yes, there will be problems and distractions. These things are constantly with us all. Perhaps you’ll conclude that there are too many problems keeping you from experiencing a great day. Such a conclusion would be a serious mistake. For even in the face of overwhelming problems and obstacles, today can be a great experience. In fact, those problems can likely play a very positive role in that great experience.

It is all too easy to fall into a negative rut, forgetting that life is to be lived fully every moment, choosing instead to focus on the problems, distractions and their negative aspects. Of course there are problems and many are serious. Yet life is best lived alongside these problems, rather than apart from them. If you wait for the problems to completely go away, you will miss the great experience that life has to offer this very day.

— Ralph Marston

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