Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

100 year old French cheese.

I’m thankful thorns have roses.

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr dropped that doozie on us well over a hundred years ago. Perhaps a little Hallmarky in its tone now, but Karr, a French journalist and novelist, knew the power of a well-wrought thought. And perspective.

If he were alive today chances are he’d dig the most ubiquitous of modern day statements of perspective: objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

I like it. Of course, there are safety issues around having a skewed view while taking a corner at 80kmh, but chew on that rearview mirror wisdom for half a second. Could there be a truer statement about life? When is life not closer than it appears, more raw, more intense, more sad, more happy? And what are we supposed to do with this larger than life well, life?

Remember the last time you had to practice diaphragmatic breathing just to go grocery shopping? Or the morning cleaning your room required a complete overhaul of your worldview?

Time to be thankful again. That’s what Karr wanted.

So what are you thankful for?

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