And while they did indeed live happily ever after; the point, gentlemen, is that they lived.
This quote from the Cinderella-esque movie, Ever After, is one of the best movie quotes of all time, in my opinion. It is so profound and applicable.
Today I watched this movie with one of my daughters who was sick. I’ve been thinking about this quote all afternoon; thinking about happiness and living and what it really means in daily life, down in the trenches.
Life can be messy. Life can hurt. Life can be hard. Life can also be full of satisfaction and healing and enjoyment.
Regardless of our situations in life, we can make the choice to live…to be happy…to see stars instead of mud. This doesn’t mean that life will be easy or that we should be blissfully rejoicing when facing inevitable pain or suffering or sorrow. But we can choose to face both the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, with grace and peace and perseverance.
We can choose to live.
Whatever circumstances we face, we can still live “happily ever after” — even if the form and location and method of that happiness isn’t what we originally viewed as our preferred “package” of our mortal experience.
I know this sounds simplistic. For someone who may be struggling with overwhelming challenges, this may seem to be “easy for me to say.” Believe me, my current roller coaster ride is not one I would have originally chosen. However, we have met people and made friends and had experiences we would never have had the privilege of having as an integral part of our life if we weren’t on this particular ride at this particular time.
I am continuing to learn to be grateful for the blessings in my life, regardless of the shape in which they come. Living “happily ever after” is important — but really, the most vital thing is living. Living well, with “wellness” defined individually by our needs and situations and abilities.
May it be said of us that we experienced an individualized “happily ever after” — but that the point of our existence was that we lived.