117 Of 365 (366) For 2012

[ All credit to michael.dreves, whose lovely picture may be found here. ]

“Every one of us is called upon, perhaps many times, to start a new life.

A frightening diagnosis, a marriage, a move, loss of a job… .

And onward full-tilt we go,

pitched and wrecked and absurdly resolute,

driven in spite of everything to make good on a new shore.

To be hopeful,

to embrace one possibility after another-that is surely the basic instinct… .

Crying out: High tide! Time to move out into the glorious debris.

Time to take this life for what it is.”

[ Barbara KingsolverHightide In Tucson: Essays From Now Or Never ]