To Live At All Is Miracle Enough

“After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked—as I am surprisingly often—why I bother to get up in the mornings. To put it the other way round, isn’t it sad to go to your grave without ever wondering why you were born? Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be a part of it?”

The above is one of the most famous writings by science author Richard Dawkins, and even though I may disagree with parts of Richard Dawkins Foundation’s core missions, I find the above lines a very inspiring approach to life.

I continue the above with the following beautiful lines by English poet Mervyn Peake (1911 – 1968); 

“To live at all is miracle enough.
The doom of nations is another thing.
Here in my hammering blood-pulse is my proof.

Let every painter paint and poet sing
And all the sons of music ply their trade;
Machines are weaker than a beetle’s wing.

Swung out of sunlight into cosmic shade,
Come what come may the imagination’s heart
Is constellation high and can’t be weighed.

Nor greed nor fear can tear our faith apart
When every heart-beat hammers out the proof
That life itself is miracle enough.”

Before falling asleep, look ahead to make tomorrow your favourite day, no matter how hard things went today.

Author and reconstructionist Maya Angelou (from her book: Letter to My Daughter) writes:

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.

Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.

Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.”

What is better than an ending quoted by my favourite Anaïs Nin (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, volume 3, 1939-1944):

 “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

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