October 20, 2016
by Dr. R. Scott
The third presidential debate is over, and like so many of you, I’ve grown weary with all of it. It continues to suck the oxygen out of every room in America, leaving the impression that the only thing that matters is more news about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. It seems to me that Taking a Breath right about now could be a good thing, and so I invite you to celebrate the beauty of the human journey.
This past week two friends celebrated significant anniversaries for their sobriety, and in turn, the reclamation of their lives.
This past week one friend fixed dinner, bundled it up, and delivered it to a neighbor who is recovering from a serious surgery.
This past week a child went to school, as she has every day this fall, and discovered the joy of reading a book and writing a report about it.
This past week another friend finally secured a job after a long and arduous search, and he is feeling like he has turned an important corner in his life.
This past week a friend continued on courageously with chemo-therapy treatments, and she never complains about her illness.
This past week two people fell in love with one another, and overcoming years of hurt, they have begun to open their hearts to one another.
This past week a musician in my neighborhood wrote a new song, and an artist down the street finished a painting, and a poet-friend wrote a poem.
This past week a family sat down for a rare family dinner, and without phones or iPads or televisions, they actually talked to one another.
This past week a friend had to say good-bye to a beloved dog, but the pain is assuaged by the goodness of companionship they enjoyed through the years.
This past week a young couple, while taking care of their newborn son, paused for a moment of wonder and love and gratitude.
Take a Breath today. The real human journey swirls within us and around us. It is life. No one moment is the same. No one moment will ever be repeated. It is the gift of life in all its ordinary wonder. Tinged with grief. Open with possibility. And always, always awaiting our next breath.