Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Noticing The Color Purple...
SO...it’s another typically tedious Tuesday. Not a GREAT Day, and not a particular day of note. And so you sigh, you rise, you shower, eat, prepare to meet the blinding onslaught of daylight and the issues attached to living your life.
At work, you turn on your computer... log in to your homepage, check your email and your eyes begin to blink in messages from hungry strangers asking you to contribute to some invisible cause, bloggers requesting that you check out their latest renderings, online friends who thought enough of you to send a few short pick-me-up-messages of: ‘Hey Beautiful!’ ‘Hey Gorgeous!’ ‘Have a Great Day!’ and best of all: ‘I Believe In You.’
And taking absolutely nothing for granted, you are actually, factually THANKFUL for those few messages. Yes, you are thankful. And yet, you're also somewhat dubious, because you don’t feel ‘beautiful’ or ‘gorgeous’ or that your day will be so ‘Great’… and you sometimes even forget to ‘believe’ in yourself.
But The Creator along with the meteorologists have conspired to bring a piece of sun into your day. You realize, it’s spring, and you’re alive, and if you listen very carefully, there are birds singing outside your window.
And when last you checked, your family was healthy, and not one of your friends was in today’s obituary.
So maybe, just maybe you should celebrate this stuff. Maybe, just maybe, you can manage to smile a bit... and still be serious.
Maybe the world spins on Atlas’s brawny shoulder by design, and the ratio of good shit vs. bad shit evens out in time, until you experience the epiphany that:
THIS IS IT.
This is your life: breathing, humming, singing, bitching, laughing, crying, sighing, flourishing, unfurling all around you, and you are failing to *acknowledge* it.
God Bless Alice Walker! There was a very profound the line from her novel, The Color Purple:
"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
Today, inside this field of my life, I’ve decided to NOTICE the Color Purple.
It really is kinda Beautiful, you know.