It’s a Beautiful Day

Phnom Penh, Cambodia - I have a confession to make. On the boat ride back to the pier after the sea canoe tour in Phuket, I had more than just a “pinch me” moment. I had one of those magical moments when everything in life comes together, the big picture comes into focus, and a path emerges through the forest. A moment of true clarity, if you will. I know, it probably sounds cliched or corny, but something happened on that boat that solidified my perspective of this trip and brought me great inner peace.

The stars were out as we headed back to land, and there were more stars in the sky than I’ve seen in a long time – absolutely beautiful. It made me realize I hadn’t looked up at the night sky in a long time (living in the city, I figured there was no point), even though I used to look up in wonder at the moon and the stars quite often as a boy. In fact, I realized that the last time I saw that many stars was probably around the time my Grandfather passed away over nine years ago. I remember walking out to the middle of the empty lot next to my grandparents’ house after either the showing or the funeral (can’t remember which) and being amazed at how many stars you could see that night. It was also comforting to think that maybe my Grandfather was up there someplace, too.

Anyway, as I was sitting on the boat after the sea canoe tour processing all this I’m not sure what exactly I was thinking, but I feel like it went something like this:

“Hey Grandpa, it’s been awhile since the last time I tried to talk to you. We tried to take care of Grandma as best we could while you were gone. I hope she’s by your side now, safe and sound. A lot of stuff has happened in my life recently. I’m doing things, seeing things that I know you, or a lot of people anywhere, probably never had or will have the chance to do. I’m not certain where my life is headed, but I hope that it’s long and prosperous and full of happiness. And, I hope you’re looking down and feeling proud of what you see.”

Not five minutes passed and I saw two shooting stars. Maybe it was coincidence. Maybe I’m just being corny, but I immediately thought that it was both my Grandparents letting me know they’re up there and everything is going to be okay.

For that brief moment I remembered where I came from and realized where I was heading. Whatever anxieties I felt over money, safety, or my future, have all dissipated. I know without a doubt that this trip is the path I need to follow, and I’m going to enjoy every moment of it – carpe diem. I may not know where life will take me (does anybody?), but I do know that wherever my final destination lies, the juice will be worth the squeeze.

So, I thought I might leave you with the song Beautiful Day by U2. You can only live for today, and right now, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty beautiful day to me.

Beautiful Day – Performed by U2
The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You’re lovin’ this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

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