The title of my blog is a little silly, I know. I’ve long enjoyed this quote (which may or may not have been said by Mother Theresa) — I have “life is a song, sing it” etched on my iPod:
“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
One day, the phrase “life is an orange, savor it” popped into my head. (I had been eating lots of oranges at the time–they were in season and so sweet…) I loved the way that phrase cleverly captured what I want in life: to savor each drop and get the most out of its deliciousness. Truly appreciating an orange takes time and presence. It nourishes you. It’s a little messy and difficult, and that makes it all the more satisfying.
“Life is an Orange” is quirky. So am I. So are you; the whole world is, for that matter, and I think that’s great.
If you take the time to savor your orange, it will be sweet, tart, satisfying, and nutritious. It will be bursting. Life is all these things, too, especially if you give it your attention. Nourish yourself, body & spirit, so that you can be the best version of yourself. Honor your gifts and dreams so that you can help make the world the best version of itself.