"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon
"Life is full of misery, loneliness and suffering - and it's all over much too soon." Woody Allen
"Life is just a bowl of pits." Rodney Dangerfield
"Life is hard, and then you die." I disagree.
My dad had a stroke in November. Because of the love and faith and attention of his wife and daughter and son, he has regained enough of his capacities that he came home over the weekend. That has been the goal all along, that he would come home to see the Christmas tree that was put up in his absence. It is a miracle, if hard work and steady exercise and excellent therapy and constant desire are a miracle, and a cause for rejoicing.
Now that he's home, there are new challenges. Rooms and walls modified. Ramps built. Beds moved. Bathroom adventures. Getting dressed for the day seems to take all day. It is difficult for everyone, stressful and frustrating and we wouldn't trade it for all the esses in Mississippi. We are so glad to have him back where he belongs.
Life isn't, as Roshi said, "like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink." Life is, like someone said, better spend dancing in the rain rather than waiting for the storms to pass.