Al Mulnick’s Personal Blog

December 31, 2008

Life is Hard to Figure Out Sometimes

Filed under: Life, Personal — amulnick @ 8:03 pm

What’s it all about?  Great question. I’m glad you asked. Or that I did at any rate.

I think life is about learning to not hide from the difficult things in our lives.  Hey, it’s not all Polyanna-ish sunny days and puppy dogs tails!  Bad things happen. They happen for reasons we don’t even come close to understanding. We need to learn to thrive in adversity and find the beauty in each day of our short life. 

When I was growing up my father, when asked how he was doing, would reply, “I woke up breathing.”  I used think I understood that.  I do now.  It’s the basics.  If I wake up breathing, everything is possible.  If I’m not breathing, things are going to be much more difficult.

Or as I like to put it, if I wake up breathing, the rest is easy. 🙂

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.”

That says a lot to me.  I don’t want to hide from life.  I want to experience all of it. Every waking second. Every pleasure, every pain, every happiness, every sadness.  All of it.  I can’t get enough some days and secretly I sometimes get mad if I fall asleep.

As  the old year goes out and the new one comes in, I am stopping to reflect back on the past year…  I wouldn’t change a thing.  For that I am grateful.  For my God, for my health, for my family, for my friends I am even more grateful.  For the pain. The sorrow. The happy times and the frivolity of it all.  Not one second would I change.

Certainly there are some things in my life I might wish were different.  But that’s short-sighted and I know it. I think those low times will help me to more deeply appreciate the good times.

To date I have not been wrong about the highs and lows and the relationship they have with each other. I doubt I’ll be proven wrong.

To my God, my family, and my friends – THANK YOU! Thank you for all of it. I’m looking forward to the new year and all that it brings.

My your new year bring you the joys, sadnesses, and fulfillment of life.



  1. Very apt and very insightful.
    God bless you and all those you love.

    Comment by Gary Mulnick — January 1, 2009 @ 4:56 am

  2. Al:

    Good to see you’ve joined the club — I greet people with the phrase “It is so good I can’t stand it” -or- “if it got any better I couldn’t stand it” always said in a positive voice. Life is good. What else is there? It is amazing to me how many folks react the way the react to the positive assertion that life is good – either they have not considered or they do not wish to believe… makes things a lot harder…

    any who – best wishes and when are we going for that beer with Phil?

    Ron McCullough

    Comment by Ron McCullough — January 1, 2009 @ 4:07 pm

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