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The desire to overcome punishing weather in the midst of a devastating storm sometimes feels like a quiet whisper in the middle of a concert hall.
If you woke up this morning, congratulations on another day. I’m happy you’re here. I am happy you’re alive. Whether you might regard yourself as an enemy to me is of no consequence. I have no enemies. Sometimes we face new days with great trepidation, fortunately for you + I the world will find us at our lowest points and try to beat the hair from our heads.
There are absolutely no guarantees in the world we live in. One day I am going to disappear and most people probably won’t really care. I will be surrounded by laughter and love and peace.
I admit that peace has lately been a distant bird, singing somewhere in another forest but I can hear it gently chirping. If that is all I find in this life, I know I will have peace. I will take it for myself in the quiet moments, in the whispers, in the thunder, in the fire and famine, I will remember the song of that small bird.
I hope that today you consider something, you exist and there is little reason for that existence. Which is wonderful, because it means something.
Should your heart be beating today and your eyes scanning these words, you can surely say that you have been blessed with life and with purpose. No matter the season you are sensing at this moment, winter winds or spring bloom you are still alive to see it all. The world will always revolve and you can take that peace to heart.
This season will end, be it good or bad. I take it to heart that I have much to be congratulated on. As much as you do, you know.
If your relationship just ended, congratulations.
If you’ve just had a baby, congratulations.
If your job just fired you, congratulations.
If you just started your job, congratulations.
If you lost your phone, congratulations.
If you just quit smoking, congratulations.
If you have a few days left to find a home, congratulations.
If you woke up this morning, congratulations.
Congratulations, because every single day, you are allowed a new life. Everything that has plagued you, or burned you, or burdened you for years will be gone in a moment. You will have time to start over, it might take work, it might take time, but you can always rebuild anything you have. Just remember, congratulations, for feeling the way you do today.
It means you are alive and there is nothing to be more thankful for than that.