Resurrections

April 12th, 2009

It’s Easter in Asia although it’s still Saturday where most of you are, so I get a jump start on the holiday.

I’m not conventionally religious, but the idea of resurrection has a lot of appeal.  It seems like a good day to attend to some resurrections in my own life.

1. Resurrect my wonder that I’m  married to the best person I’ve ever known, and that we get to live in paradise, in a home we love.

2. Resurrect my sense of gratitude that I’m privileged to write books and that those books find readers.  Bury once and for all the resentment I feel when writing is difficult (why shouldn’t it be?) or my books fail to zoom to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

3.  Resurrect the knowledge, which I often forget, that a missed bullet is a blessing and that any day we live pain-free, healthy, and with a full stomach is a miracle.  Bury the ceaseless desire for more and more.

4.  Reawaken amazement at the beauty of the natural world and the goodness of most people.   Bury taking beauty and kindness for granted.

5.  Resurrect the awareness that every day should be lived as though it might be our last, and that time is better invested than spent or wasted.  Bury the illusion that I have forever to accomplish my goals.

6.  Resurrect the certainty that, if there is a God, our most worshipful act is joy.  Bury the idiotic conviction that it’s somehow attractive or hip to be bleak and/or “cool.”  Cool is just scorn with a designer label.

And keep those principles alive until, at least, next Easter.

9 Responses to “Resurrections”

  1. Lisa Kenney Says:

    What a lovely way to reset and approach the spring.

  2. Cynthia Mueller Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful and timely reminder to be grateful for the blessings in my life, and to let go of the garbage I drag around with me.

    God bless you on this Easter Sunday.

    (ps: My Mom died on Easter Sunday in 1995, so this is an emotionally-charged beautifully painful day of memories for me.)

  3. Dana King Says:

    Good thoughts for everyone to have every day.

    I hope you are safe and the current unrest in Thailand isn’t placing you in jeopardy.

  4. Sphinx Ink Says:

    Thanks, Tim–an inspiring and heartwarming take on Easter and what it can mean, even to those of us who are not conventionally religious.

  5. Suzanna Says:

    Beautiful and thoughtful. I love your gratitude as well as your determination to let go of the things that you recognize only diminish your joy. I feel inspired to write my own list of things I’m grateful for and things I should “bury.” Thanks Tim.

  6. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Thanks to all of you and I hope whatever holiday you celebrated, it was joyous. Cynthia, I think it’s especially sad to lose someone on a holiday, because it just brings the anniversary of the loss into even sharper relief.

    The situation in Bangkok is (so far) very localized, and it’s an absolutely enormous city. No impact in the areas I frequent — less traffic, and a somewhat muted New Year’s celebration, which is not terrible, since it usually involves getting hit with a bucketful of water every eight or ten yards on the sidewalk.

    Things could change. The most terrible aspect of the whole situation is that the politicians on the warring sides are absolutely interchangeable. This is all about siphoning off billions in corruption every year, and the only real issue, all the fine slogans to the contrary, is who gets to hold the siphon. The Thai people deserve much, much better.

    And, of course, this is EXACTLY what my next book is about — I just thought it would take longer to get to this stage than it did.

  7. Sharai Says:

    Yes! I am also working on a list like this. The grateful parts are so much easier than the letting go!

    Thanks for the update on Thai politics, I have also been thinking about you being in the middle of it all, thankfully you are not. I look forward to the book where you’ll ‘explain it all’!

  8. Sharai Says:

    P.S. No need for moderation!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    I don’t know, Sharai — seems to me you can use all the moderation you can get.

    (For those of you who just tuned in, I’ve known Sharai since her bike had three wheels.)

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