Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Personal Miracles

How do they do that?

When I was 8, the most painful physical moment of my life was when I got my ears pierced.

I was about to faint.  Somewhere in the distance, the muzak changed and I heard familiar voices.  "I'm a Believer".   And so I was.

And so here I stand, decades later, a grownup with not much faith in much of anything.  Overcome by a bunch of feelings, suddenly hitting a lowpoint in my day.  Bad enough to start me crying.

I have the radio on, turned to a folk & acoustic music station (WFUV, 90.7fm, NYC).  And I heard the familiar strains of "Valleri".  (Not a regular song for them, just a spur of the moment whim of the DJ)

It's tiny moments like that that tell you not to despair.  Not a religion, not a cult or deeply philosophical belief system.

Sometimes that's all it takes to keep going.

"Just look over your shoulder . . ."

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