I saw a performance of Our Town, by Thornton Wilder recently. It is a 1938 Pulitzer Prize winner, which is about an ordinary town and ordinary people living a quite ordinary life. Near the end of the play, one of the main characters dies and goes back just to see one day from her past. She finds herself distraught with what she learns after observing breakfast on her 12th birthday. She says,
“Let’s really look at one another!…It goes so fast. We don’t have time to look at one another. I didn’t realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed…
“Wait! One more look. Good-bye , Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover’s Corners….Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking….and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths….and sleeping and waking up.
“Oh, earth, you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you.
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it–every, every minute?”
These lines shot into my heart, forming a crater to be filled with sincere introspection.
I am so grateful for the small moments and thinking about how life is grand because we make it such.
The world is beautiful because we let flowers grow.
The sky is wondrous because we look up.
Relationships are sweet because we stop focusing on the bitter long enough to taste a hint of eternal.
Memories are made because we appreciated a moment.
For truly, the only thing we carry with us after this life are relationships and memories.
So let’s build some relationships.
Let’s make some memories.
Let’s live the good ol’ days when we’re still in them.
And yeah, let’s start something stupid.
Richie Norton, an inspiring and uplifting author and speaker wrote this book called, “The Power of Starting Something Stupid.” (Highly recommended to all.)
The book is, in essence, about living right now and the power that we have to live up to our potential every, every minute.
I hope you’ll join me in starting something stupid, something ‘just because,’ something quite…ordinary. For those are the things that make up life—and life is made up of relationships and memories.
Join me tomorrow as I begin to start something stupid and launch my next business. You can learn more at OOTFIT.com, but until tomorrow, just hold onto your shirts. This is going to be a Wilder ride than usual.
I am so grateful for the power of life and the chance we are afforded to use liberty and love to create something worth living.