In three words I can
sum up everything I've
learned about life:
It goes on.
Robert Frost was one of the world's most beloved poets
not only because of his way with words, but also because
of the ways that he looked at life and living. There
was vulnerability in his words, but there was plenty of
strength, too. He saw birch trees not just as
amazing elements of nature, but as tools of fun, trees
that one can climb and then ride down as the top bent
gracefully towards the earth. He was able to express
in relatively few words what lesser writers like myself
probably would need pages to explain.
It is is view on life that always has attracted me to
Frost, and this summation of everything that he's learned
about life force me to stop and think whenever things
start going badly: Life goes on. When disaster
hits or financial problems linger, life goes on.
When dreams don't come to pass and opportunities end up
being squandered, life goes on. Knowing that it goes
on brings me comfort, for this fact also means something
else: this isn't the end. No matter how bad I
feel right now, it's not the end. No matter how
hopeless the future may seem, it's not the end.
And I extend Frost's words outward, away from my
life: we may be having difficulties now, but there
are literally millions of people in this world who are
going through much worse things than I'm dealing with, and
they'll get by, for life goes on. And if they can
make it, so can I. And when one day I stop breathing
and die, life will continue to go on. . . . and what will
I do about that? Hopefully, I'll leave behind
something positive that others may find useful in their
own journeys through life. And no matter how
"vital" I consider myself in my current job, for
example, I know that if I were to die tomorrow, life would
go on and all the people I work with would be fine.
The humility that comes from such a realization serves me
very well in keeping a healthy perspective.
"It goes on." Everything that one of the
keenest observers of life and the human condition learned
while here on the planet about this experience we call
"life" is summed up in three words. How
can those words be of benefit to you?
Questions to consider:
What do the words "life goes on" mean to
you? Do you live your life and make decisions based
on that meaning?
Would we look at life differently if we thought that life
wouldn't go on for some reason? What might we
How often do we get into ruts when we think that life will
somehow come to a stop if this job isn't done by tomorrow,
or if this proposal isn't accepted, or if I don't get this
moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no
discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept
life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from,
everything we deny,
denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What
seems nasty, painful,
evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced
with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for those who have the vision to
recognize it as such.
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