“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
I ran a 22-miler this morning in preparation for my second marathon later this month, and at about mile 18, the heavens opened up and poured water on me by the truckload. It was a Biblical rainfall, and I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face.
That’s not as dangerous as it sounds, running as I was on a deserted side road on a tropical island in the wee morning hours. I ran on, glad of the cool and amazed at how much water can come down on a person at once.
Then the rain stopped as suddenly as it started, and the clouds parted, admitting into the sky a God-like light that lit up the heavens.
I suddenly, without thought, shouted at the top of my lungs, “I’M LOVING LIFE!!”
The outburst startled even me, and I started laughing to myself. Where did that lunatic eruption come from?
It was this glorious lit-up sky, following the torrential rain, that made me realize what a miracle this life is. My legs were dead tired and aching after 18 miles of running, but it was a seriously beautiful run. I was full of love for this wonder we call life.
I then did something I like to do every now and then, which is count my blessings. Forgive the air of bragging that follows, but I thought you might be interested in my list of blessings:
我活着。 我比以往任何时候都更健康。 我身体不错，还能参加马拉松比赛。 我娶了我见过最美丽，可爱的女子做我妻子。 我被6个最美妙的孩子深爱着，那是我一直梦寐以求的。 我有一个令人难以置信的家庭，有支持我的，善良的父母，兄妹，祖父母，堂兄弟，叔叔，阿姨。 我能追求我的激情，做一名我梦想的全职博客——没有一个老板。 我已偿还了我的债务，还有不少紧急基金被储蓄起来。 我住在热带岛屿的豪华房子，每天伴随海洋的美景和日落。 我有一个成功的博客，有最鼓舞人的，最宽容的，最支持的读者。 我写了本书。我过着一种相对简单的生活。 我有很多朋友，不论线上还是线下。 我还活着！
I am alive. I am healthier than ever before. I am strong enough to run a marathon. I am married to the most beautiful and loving woman I’ve ever met. I am loved by six of the most wonderful children I could ever have hoped for. I have an incredible family, with supportive and good-hearted parents, sisters and brothers, grandparents and cousins and aunts and uncles. I am able to pursue my passion, and live my dream of being a full-time blogger — without a boss. I have eliminated my debt, and have a decent emergency fund saved up. I live on a luxurious tropical island in a house with a gorgeous view of the ocean and sunset each day. I have a successful blog with the most encouraging, generous, supportive readership imaginable. I have a book deal! I live a relatively simple life. I have great friends, both online and off. I am alive!
That’s not a complete list of course, but it’s some of the highlights. It’s hard to be thorough when you feel like lying down on the road, curling up and going to sleep.
Why are you glad to be alive? Count your blessings — your list won’t be the same as mine, but there will always be things to be grateful for, and you should never compare your list with others. Just be glad of what you do have.
Today is a gift, for each of us. What are you going to do with it? How will you make the most of this life?
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive” - Elbert Hubbard
2010-04-21 22:28 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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