Monday, May 12, 2008

The Alternate Cycle

When monks don't think others are watching.

Character is what emerges
from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday,
but did anyway.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Wouldn't it be boring if everything always went your way?
You want something? - it's yours. Just like that. Unconditionally.
Really - who would want that ? Is that really a life worth living?

Through our ups and downs we learn an important lesson. Not much good in this life comes easily, and the sweetest moments often taste all the more sweeter when you've known some sour.

It's the same here. My thoughts, and experiences, and resulting words wouldn't be nearly as interesting if all my life was a series of Pollyanna moments strung together with candy floss gossamer threads of joy. I make no apologies for what ends up here - the roller coaster goes up and down, but in the long run it's a ride well worth taking.*

*[Ten points to those who pick the not so subtle references to Parenthood, and Vanilla Sky in this post. Writers steal for a living - don't you ever forget it. ]


Di Mackey said...

Hmmmm, I didn't see either movie ...

I'm back, kind of. Maybe we'll get to skype this week. I'll look out for you :)

Mark J said...

Hmmmm ... available on Skype ?
Yeah right :) Miss you long time - cant wait to see some of your photos from the wedding...

Niamh said...

I'm with you in theory ie pain brings greater pleasure. (I've just realised that makes me sound like a dominatrix, so well done on phrasing it much better.) But you know, I'd like to try the boring route: everything going my way, getting everything I want, candy floss. I won't feel qualified to unreservedly agree until I've lived at least a year as Pollyanna

Fish said...

getting everything you want can be kind of creepy