Every so often, I am reminded of the Thornton Wilder play, “Our Town,” where Emily has passed on to the next realm. She is given the opportunity to relive one day of her life, and she chooses her twelfth birthday. From the higher realm, she views her life as she was at twelve.
Emily comes down the stairs in the house where she was raised in and her family is all busy doing what they do. The kids are playing, her father is doing his thing, her mother is in the kitchen cooking. There’s the smell of the coffee, the sound of the toast being buttered and the laughter all around. There are flowers in the yard with the sun shining through –it’s a little bit misty and she just sees life happening.
She says, “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?-every, every minute?”
What a great question to ask ourselves. Does anyone know? Do I ever really know how wonderful my life is while I’m living it?
The Buddhists say that to have a human birth is the most precious gift there is. For each one of us today is a birth day. It is the day we’re given born to, a day of life. I wish you a wondrous day remembering how wonderful life is while you’re living it.
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