Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The importance of learning to celebrate

When things are difficult, taking the following attitude will really help you get through:

In the muddled mess of this world, in the confusion and boredom and amazement, we ought to be able to spot something — an event, a person, a memory, an act, a turning of the soul, the flash of bright wings, the surprise of sweet compassion — somewhere we ought to pick out a glory to celebrate.

Samuel H. Miller in The Dilemma of Modern Belief

I've discovered that about people who come to talk to me. Often, it's not so much that they need someone to listen to their problems (although I don't belittle the importance of that) as much as they need someone with whom to celebrate their joys and successes. Both, actually, are important.

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