This Human Life
Here we are: humans on planet Earth. That alone is a miracle when you consider the odds. Scientists estimate there are roughly 8.7 million species on our planet, many of them far more populous than we are. Moreover, we find ourselves on just one of what are thought to be billions of Earth-like planets in the universe. Yet here we are: people—not bacteria, not blades of grass. We have advanced brains that can do miraculous things; we have opposable thumbs, we can make fire. We can accomplish nearly anything with the tools we’ve been given. In short, we’ve hit the jackpot.
We may not always feel lucky, of course. Life has a way of challenging us, and the ways we perceive and respond to those normal, natural challenges can define the quality of our lives. Suppose for a moment that we set aside judgment and simply accept life’s many experiences—wondrous and horrendous alike—as opportunities for learning, with resources often miraculously provided if we look for them. What if our purpose as human beings was to experience all we could experience and to gain insight from each thing? Shifting our outlook in this way can be transformative, and the key to appreciating this miracle—the human life.