“What would our lives look like if they held only what we’d planned? Where would our wisdom or patience or our hope come from? …It will never cease to surprise how the condition of being human means we cannot foretell with any accuracy what the next day will bring. We can hope and imagine, and we can fear. But when the next day rolls around, we’ll have to take account again, as we do today, of how the unexpected has shaped our lives. That will mean accounting for how it has enriched us, blessed us, with suffering as much as with joy…Most of what life contains comes to us unexpectedly after all. It is our job to welcome it and give it meaning. So let us toast what we cannot know and could not have guessed, and to the unexpected ways our lives will merge in days to come.”
This is a slightly modified excerpt from A Thanksgiving Toast editorial that Kristof wrote in November 2009 for The New York Times. I found his words encouraging and even more appropriate for today.