Friday, February 13, 2009

Something to be Enthusiastic About

I have always said that I hated the fact that my daughter had cancer. I despise the fear. I loathe the fact that chemotherapy put her in hearing aids, thinned her hair, and leaves us waiting for which long term effect will come next. I detest what she has had to endure. But, in the same breath I have always also known that it had brought something beautiful to our family. We developed an appreciation for life that could not be understood without the experience and we have a bond that transcends anything I have ever known. But, there is still something more that it gave us and I have always had trouble putting a finger on it. Yesterday, I heard a quote on the radio which gave me some clarity.
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
-Charles Kingsley
Perhaps that is what this whole purpose thing is about.

1 comment:

Jakeybro said...

Thanks for this, Mark. This is so poignant. You are an amazing dude.