Salon's advice columnist Cary Tennis, recently wrote a great piece in response to the question, "Must I have a grand calling in life?" The writer of the question does not feel caught up in the great political questions of the day, doesn't have any hobbies she's passionate about, doesn't feel married to her job. What should she be feeling? Exactly how does one get through one's life?
Tennis' response is a terrific piece of writing. We all have the tools to enrich our own lives. The important thing is to always stay mindful of what a miracle it all is.
One day at a time you get up in the morning and one day at a time you go to bed at night. If you are a person of faith you call on that faith every day. Every day, if there's a prayer that you know, you say it. If your doctor says you're depressed, every day you take your medicine. Every day, if there's a posture that you assume, you assume it. Every day you write the book. Every day you notice the minute shifting of light as the earth quietly surrounds the sun. Every day you take note of the precise quality of the miracle of life. Every day you write down your check numbers. Every day you count your change before leaving the counter. Every day you press the button for your floor.
And never do you let the coming year rise up like a monstrous wave and crush you with unimaginable tedium. Never do you let the dread sink in until you feel cold and dead inside; if you find yourself staring into the abyss you switch seats and think of ice cream.