Speaking of Joy: Life Goes On

As we begin a new year, I’m reminded of the words of Robert Frost who wrote,  “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life.  It goes on.”

The sun has risen every day of my life so far – yours, too.   And most days, we are grateful for that security – that sense of sameness and dependability.

But there are days when we’d love for the world to go dark and meet us in our darkness.  

And yet, the world has her own set-up.   The days kept coming with as much urgency and demand as every day before.

Did you know that over this next year, our little planet Earth will travel 600 million miles as she makes a full orbit around the sun? 

And to get there and back in 365 days, she’ll have to travel at a speed of 66,000 miles per hour. 

And let’s not forget that in the midst of that long trip, she’s doing her own little pirouette – spinning as much as a 1000 miles per hour near the Equator as she brings us the setting sun and the rising moon every 24 hours.   

And in spite of that extraordinary expenditure of energy, gravity makes it seem as if she and us, too, are standing still. 

We do see evidence of her power and vigor:  clouds rushing in, storms gathering, winds howling.   But while she’s hurtling through space, we defy gravity only with the help of Ferris wheels, bungie cords and jet engines.  

Day after day in the midst of our own whirling pirouettes and million-mile orbits, we need to keep going, too.       

Many years ago, I went through a difficult divorce.   I had never been a runner before then.  But for the next several years, I became one. 

Like Forest Gump, I kept moving.   It became my metaphor for resilience. 

Running helped me accept that things would be difficult.  Running reassured me that this, too, will pass.   And running was a reminder with every step that life goes on.  

And that is what encouraged me to eventually do the same. 

Until next week, I hope you keep moving through your own million-mile orbit,


Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.