Sunday, May 11, 2008

Borrowing Paradise

Picture paradise. For one person, it may be an island in the Caribbean with white sand and clear water as far as the eye can see. For another person, paradise is a log cabin by a lake with a view of snow capped mountains. Yet another might say that paradise is the ice skating rink in the middle of Rockefeller Center on a crisp, snowy night. What someone else may call paradise is a river running through a dense tropical rain forest. Paradise might also be any place where one has their dearest family and friends with them. We all have our own definition of paradise.


Now, ask yourself, "If I lived in my version of paradise, would I ever take it for granted?"

If you are like me, your initial and immediate response was probably something like "Of course not, are you crazy?!" But step back for a second. Look around you. What have we taken for granted today? What might we have been taking for granted for a week now? a month? a year? a lifetime?

We may be living in someone else's paradise. We should appreciate it as such.

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