A friend tore this page out of a magazine for me way back this summer. Looking back on 2009, it was the absolute perfect thing to have hanging on my bulletin board.
"Every one of us is called upon, probably many times, to start a new life. A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, the loss of a job... And onward full tilt we go, pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute, driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore. To be hopeful, to embrace one possibility after another - that is surely the basic instinct... Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris. Time to take this life for what it is." - from Barbara Kingsolver's High Tide in Tucson
Listening to news of Haiti's incredibly devastating earthquake, the "glorious debris" seems so tangible. CBS news featured one newlywed couple who moved to Haiti to work just two weeks ago. The husband found his wife trapped under the concrete walls of their home -- her waving fingers through a crack his only hope to cling to as he literally dug her out.
We watched this story together in silence, holding hands. The newscast ended, and we hugged. Yes, 2010 is the year to "take life for what it is." High tide!