What Will Your Verse Be?

I'm not sure how I feel about those Facebook posts that read, "It's been a great year. Thanks for being a part of it." How do we sum up the entirety of a year in just a few photos? And more importantly, can we all honestly say that it has in fact "been a great year"? Even those of us whose year hasn't been fraught with challenges can safely say that with all the goodness there were also several dips and valleys. Because that's life, right? The beautiful chaos. The yin and the yang. 

It would seem that Robin Williams understood the complexity of this idealogical balance all too well. How ironic that the words he spoke in one of my favorite films symbolize his legacy: “To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here — that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

Life is like a heavy sigh at times--filled with uncertainty, plagued with darkness, and marred by failures. But it's also so damn beautiful. Because we are alive. Because even though our expectations and plans don't always match the reality, the powerful play goes on and we may contribute a verse. 

Forget the resolutions. Don't worry about making 2015 a "great year." Just live. Breathe. Wake up. Be grateful for small things. Extend your hand and heart to another human being. Engage in joyful pursuits. And most of all, contribute your verse. That is why you have been chosen to be a part of the powerful play. That is why you exist at all. 

Posted on January 12, 2015 and filed under What Will Your Verse Be?.