Sunday, November 1, 2009

Birth, Death, and the Thrills and Threats In-Between

A very busy week of Halloween activities just ended at our house. After a rather dismal week of rain and wind, the sun came out for Halloween day and it was a beautiful night for trick-or-treating. My uncle always holds a giant Halloween celebration at his place, passing out candy and much needed cups of water to more trick or treaters than you can count. It is a reminder for me every year of the sheer joy kids find in this mix of thrill and threat. They don't know what is around the corner, what scary mask or frightening noise could emanate from the next house, but they are more than willing to find out. I've tried hard in the last couple years to maintain that willing attitude for what is around each corner I turn. We are born and die in a world where no certainty exists. We walk a path with so many doors open wide -- some joyful, some horribly infested with all manner of pain. I want to approach every door as it comes, thrill or threat I want to enter willingly, because ultimately the journey is worth the fear. Hope you got a good scare and a good treat this Halloween, and take a tip from the kids, never be too afraid of that next door!

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