Okay, I just had to apologize for using cliches and yet here I go again. But the alliteration, rhyme and beat are too enticing to ignore. I’ll do better next time. Meanwhile, my point was yet another quote I saw recently that went a little something like this:
Don’t pray on a bad day unless you pray on a good day.
Which I thought was rather rude and presumptuous. Who are you to tell people when to pray? But I think the impulse was supposed to be a reminder to pray on the good days.
I often find myself praying on sunny days in the Pacific Northwest: “Thank God it’s sunny!” But it is meant in all sincerity.
Here’s a better way to remind myself to be grateful:
Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
— Lewis Thomas, biologist