“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
I want to go back to an earlier blog (…sufficiency? or more than that?…).
That particular blog looked at sufficiency, scarcity and excess and I’m increasingly coming to realize just how much our feelings of prosperity and poverty have to do with these differing approaches to living in the moment.
Do we aspire to sufficiency or to something more than that? Most people would answer – more than that. But how did we come to see that as an ideal?
My high school senior quote (back in 1977) was entirely directed at the idea of “more:”
“Ah, that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?”
In this quote, Robert Browning captures the essence of not only “more” but of our spiritual relation to the genuineness of our longing. Heaven is the place where “more” is realized; it is the home for all our spiritual longings. And besides, it’s hard to be “in longing” for sufficiency. Where’s the fun in that?