This L.R. Knost quote is a powerful and freeing truth bomb. I’ve lived this way. Not that life had been easy—because it never has been—but noticing beauty had always been easy and routine for me. Underneath a cape, maybe I thought it was a superpower. Now I consider there was perhaps a sort of arrogant and ignorant flippancy about my “noble” way. A naivety. Because now, the expanse of human experience has taken me to places I’d never volunteer to go. My heart has been stretched to threadbare. I hadn’t anticipated there would come a time when I would have to remind myself there is still breathtaking beauty around me. Whether I see it organically or whether I set an alarm to look, the L.R. Knost quote stands.
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it’s breathtakingly beautiful.”