Living well has something to do with the spirituality of wholeheartedness, of seeing life more as a grace than as a penance, as time to be lived with eager expectation of its goodness, not in dread of its challenges. We are not given life in order to suffer. We are given life in order to learn to love the Creator through the joys and beauty of creation. We are given life in order to deal gracefully with the natural suffering of being mortal creatures. When we fail to meet life head on, we fail to live it fully.
Joan Chittister: The Gift of Years
The prairies are experiencing that ethereal vagueness that is the cusp of Spring. A few days of bright, warm sunny weather, then cold, snow in the air, even rain, and blankets of fog up and down the river. A few snow drifts hang on in the draws, the ice floes lazily drift on the river in some spots where in others the ice is tight. There is an uneasiness among the folks whose lives are dictated by the seasons, watching the river for rising waters. It is rather liking drawing in a deep breath and holding it until it is safe to breathe again.