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QUINTESSENCE

Star Gazing

Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
- Oscar Wilde

Of course the inimitable Oscar Wilde would put this thought out there in his signature wit, but in fact, Wilde makes the point perfectly. Life is messy, sometimes mundane, an unlikely blend of both the quotidien and the wildly unexpected. The grim and the glorious are equally present. Sometimes contemporaneous, even synchronous. What makes the difference in our experience of life is fundamentally driven by what we focus our attentions on, and what drives focus is passion (or lack of). I believe the entire planet is driven by passion - both instinctive and creative - and what we do with that formidable energy matters.

As we think about the circumstances of the moment, the perspective we frame our observations with can be one of sadness, frustration or disappointment. Or, in keeping with Oscar Wilde's observation, one of hope, beauty, opportunity, gratitude. The circumstances may be identical, but the experience of those circumstances will be vastly dissimilar. Our lives lived in different hues and memories. Do you choose the harsh or the magical?

I vote for star-gazing.

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