“Rationality squeezes out much that is rich and juicy and fascinating.” Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
I used to not read the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible very often because it seem to be saying “Grab all the gusto you can because eventually you are going to end up rotting in the grave like everyone else!”
But Ecclesiastes is full of lots of good advice: like “Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange for the hard work of staying alive. Make the most of each one! Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!”
Sometimes we get so bogged down in the rational part of our lives, that we forget how juicy and fascinating each day really is. Forget for today that you don’t have as much money in your account as you want.
Forget that you need to lose 10 pounds or that you have to go to a party by yourself. Forget about that one dumb person in your life who just didn’t get it! Celebrate the fact that you ‘get it’ and even though you have to do some sobbing and screaming occasionally, you understand the wild sanctity of this gift of sparkling around on earth for awhile.
You’ll have to pay the bills and fix the leaky roof and eat your broccoli eventually. But today, throw caution to the wind and enjoy every wonderful pleasure available in the hours you have left! I’m loving today already … and I think God is saying,
“Yes! Yes! Yes!” “Seize life! Eat bread with gusto. Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes – God takes pleasure in your pleasure!” – Ecclesiastes 9: 7 (The Message)