Could it be so that all of the trials and heartbreak and
adversity that we pass through is made worth it by the
wonderful by those moments when everything seems perfect,
when we feel that elation that the crisp morning air or
the beauty of the love we feel for a mate, a sibling, a
child, or a friend? After all, life is made up
of us working our ways towards such moments--ever
working our ways closer and closer to the special moments
when we feel a part of everything, a kinship to nature and
our fellow people, a joy that doesn't necessarily last
very long but that stays with us forever.
When a troubled youth graduates or reaches an important
goal, we know that all the difficulty we faced in helping
him or her was worth it. We all have memories of
certain wonderful moments with our spouses, and even
though we go through trials and problems with them, is it
possible that those moments make the whole relationship
Of course, if we're keeping score we may never find
anything worthwhile. Sometimes the suffering and
effort so far outweigh the rewarding moments that we don't
feel that it's at all possible for them to make everything
But what if they do, and we just don't notice it?
Then aren't we losing out on what life is about--the
positive sides of our experiences here on this planet?
Erich brings up a very important possibility, one that we
truly must consider closely and carefully. If we
don't, it is possible that we can miss the rewards of our
lives simply because we don't have our minds open wide
enough to the possibility that these small moments, these
wonderful, seemingly unimportant moments, may be what
we're working towards in our lives.