A couple of days of good weather after all the cold rain we've had is a welcome change. Get outside and enjoy it!
But, let's be honest, a couple of days of good weather and we're back to taking it for granted.
Taking life for granted is a wonderfully human trait. If things are good for too long or bad for awhile we simply assume that this is the way life will be. We get comfortable, even with discomfort.
Last night I saw a wonderful youtube.com video of Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the meaning of life to a 6-year old. Tyson, an astrophysicist who is director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of the new version of the TV special, Cosmos, is--for my money--one of the smartest people of the planet.
His basic point was that finding the meaning of life is as simple as learning something new every day. He said that if you can, every day, get one step closer to learning everything you can learn, you'll have found the meaning of life.
And what, in the Wide, Wide World of Sports (Thank you, Slim Pickins in Blazing Saddles) does Tyson's advice have to do with being comfortable and taking things for granted?
If you learn something new everyday it's almost impossible to get too comfortable and take life for granted. You are continuously surprised, sometimes delighted and constantly feeling thankful for the opportunity to simply exist.
So, what have you already learned today? What will you learn? And no one wants to hear sarcasm (I've learned not to read silly stuff about learning!).
Learn one new thing every day and your world changes!
(To see the video simply go to youtube.com and check "Neil deGrasse Tyson Meaning of Life")