Today, as I cozied up with Steve to watch CBS Sunday Morning – I found myself deeply moved by a segment that struck close to home. It centered on the essence of cherishing the smaller, 'glimmering' moments in life. The kind that often slips through our fingers if we aren’t paying attention. These fleeting yet profound moments, I realized, act as our anchors, holding us steady through the ebbs and flows of life's inevitable challenges.
A quote by Richard Wagner beautifully encapsulates this sentiment: "Joy is not in things; it is in us."
Isn't that the universal truth we're all familiar with? That life, with its unpredictable nature, isn't a consistent reel of perfection? Even those we place on pedestals – the celebrities, the influencers, the trendsetters – have their own set of storm clouds to navigate through. It's a humbling realization that, no matter our status, we all share the same human experience of highs and lows.
As I scrolled through my social media feed afterward, the difference became even clearer. Our digital world often feels like a stage set with only the brightest highlights. While it's a pleasure to share moments of achievements and joy, it's equally important to acknowledge the story behind those pictures. For me, behind each post lie untold stories: the weariness from a long day, the anxieties of securing funds for our nonprofit, and the ponderous weight of ensuring the success of passion projects like "STEAM in the PARK."
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."
This quote serves as a gentle reminder that our focus shapes our experiences. So, here’s a pledge I made to myself and one I'd like to share with all of you: I'm choosing to dwell in the radiant glimmers of life, to confront challenges with an open heart, and to relentlessly seek joy, even on the cloudiest days.
Marie Curie aptly expressed, "We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something."
Taking inspiration from these wise words and lessons from life and Marvin & Huck, I urge all of us to be good humans. To make a tangible difference in our own unique ways. To put on our metaphorical (or even real!) sunglasses and look towards brighter days, embracing every moment with purpose and passion.
So life is a mosaic of moments – some radiant, some shadowed. But it's the interplay of light and dark that gives it depth and meaning. Let's all commit to immersing ourselves in the glimmers, embracing the lows with grace, and perpetually seeking out the rays of sunshine, and always, always be good humans.