Dare boldly

A blog by Louise Gallagher

What a Great Day to Be Alive!


Tandy Balson is a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, volunteer and observer of life. She also likes to make people feel special by giving them foot rubs. According to the bio on her website, there’s quite a line-up for her gift of a foot rub! Get in line.

Tandy’s post today on her blog, Time with Tandy, is a reflection on sea glass and its reverse of nature creation. Seaglass, unlike other stones made by nature and then refined by man, are first made by man and then refined by nature.

Tandy goes on to speak of how she was made up of many shards of glass polished by God.

“God has done exactly the same thing with me. He has taken my life and made something beautiful out of the broken shards I once presented him with. Through time and experiences, I have been tumbled until my rough edges are worn down. No matter what has happened God can use all of my experiences to accomplish his good, pleasing and perfect will for my life. I am excited to see what he has in store for me!”

I don’t hold Tandy’s same belief system but I do love her analogy and its invitation to join in the conversation.

It gives me pause to think about, what do I believe?

I believe we are all born perfect, miraculous humans. We come into this world as reflections of the magnificence and divinity always present in the Universe, as expressed by your belief in God, Yahweh, Buddha, Allah…

I believe we are born as the human expression of the Divine. We are each nature’s unique expression of beauty, majesty and love over-flowing with joy in who we are in the world.

And then, life happens. Human life.

Human life is not as intentional as the Divine. Human life roughs us up. It sharpens our edges, Tumbles our magnificence in the chaos, confusion and contradictions of life on earth. Sometimes, it shatters us into shards of glass so pointed and sharp, we fear our hearts will bleed to death in the sorrow of all that has happened to break us apart.

And always, life continues in our human condition until we are no longer present on earth. In its continuance we are constantly faced with choices born of the happenstances of our lives and the journeys we’ve each taken from childhood to adulthood.

Do we accept we are forever broken? Do we accept we cannot change? Do we accept there is no other way than the path upon which we walk? Do we accept the universe is against us and there’s nothing we can do to create another way of being present in this world. Life’s a losing battle and we are its victim.

Or, do we accept the magnificence of our natural human condition? Do we accept the power of our soul’s creation. The beauty of our heart’s desire to express itself through love? Do we accept, now is not forever, this too shall pass and in its passing, the sun will shine, the birds will sing and our hearts will call us to awaken. In the moment by moment passing of this life that is ours, do we accept we have the choice to fall down, again and again, or put our hands out and stop our falling so that we can stretch ourselves beyond what we know to fly free of what brings us down?

It is in our choices that we are polished by life, like seaglass is smoothened by the ocean waves, into refined and beautiful pieces of art that shimmer in the light of each day bursting open with the joy of our heart’s awakening to the truth, we are the divine expression of amazing grace.

Thank you Tandy for your inspiration. You didn’t rub my feet but you definitely gave me pause to rub up against my own resistance to letting life have its way and smooth out some of my rough edges so that I could awaken this morning and declare, “Wow! What a great day to be alive!”

And so it is.

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

3 thoughts on “What a Great Day to Be Alive!

  1. Imagine my surprise to see my name in your blog today! I’m glad something I wrote inspired you. Thank you for sharing my words. There may have been no foot rub today but you can count on another one at some point!

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  2. Louise, this post reminded me of the “mended cup of meaning” analogy used by a Unitarian Universalist minister whom I admired. An excerpt:
    For thoughtful, conscious life, all creation is precariously contained in a mended cup of meaning. It is the cup from which we drink our lives, the cup with which we drink to life. It is a cup that is broken and mended, broken and mended, over and over again. Each time an era passes, a way of life is destroyed, or someone of significance to us dies, we may cry out that our cup is broken. It is at such times that we need each other and are needed.

    Celebration and healing are our tasks. Celebrating the wonders and mysteries of life, and healing – the mending of broken cups and broken lives – these are the ministry to which all of us are called. Nurturing and comforting each other in May Memorial, and reaching out in compassion to those in our larger community whose cups and lives have been broken by the mystery of fate or the cruelty of injustice, these are the tasks that mark many of the high points in the history of this congregation’s ministry. It is a ministry that will always need a “great” congregation.

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