Monday, September 07, 2009

I was talking to my friend Mabry the other day. She's an educated woman, and she tutors a young child who had a recent surgery and can't go to school as a result. She told me about  how this child is making the best of her situation, finding fun things to do at home, taking her studies with good humor, and just being the beautiful
creature that a young child can be.

Bruce Cockburn, my favorite songwriter, put it like this in a different context, albeit a bit harsh:

They Call it Democracy

See the loaded eyes of the children too
Trying to make the best of it the way kids do
One day you're going to rise from your habitual feast
To find yourself staring down the throat of the beast
They call the revolution

The small but brilliant wisdom is the line "Trying to make the best of it the way kids do". And they do, don't they? How come the kids can do that and we adults can't? It's a learned adult behavior to be cranky about one's situation.

Obliviousness to circumstance. Gratefulness for what we have. These are goals to strive for.

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