Monday, April 9

The "best" moments of our lives

"Best news of my life. . . finding out ____________ may finally be getting a Starbucks."

When I first saw this post, I snickered.  Starbucks?  Really?  Well, to be honest, I have issues with Starbucks.  I'm not a fan of their coffee though I have been known to get a triple venti skinny french vanilla latte on occasion because, if you're gonna do it, do it.

In the grand scheme of things, the news about the Starbucks probably isn't the best news of the poster's life, but it is a best moment in her life and is of value to her; I respect that.  But I also know this individual and know she's a smart woman, a devoted wife, and a wonderful mom.

But what really got me to thinking is the first part of the sentence: "the best news of my life" and wondering if it could be true that a town somewhere in the US possibly finally getting a Starbucks might be the best news of someone's life.  Maybe.  At that moment.  But then I started thinking a bit more about the sentence and our ideas of what makes life "good;" not even "best" but "good."

Bubba Watson and his pink driver won the Master's this weekend with what seems to be both derided and celebrated as "Bubba Golf."  The most important thing? To get home to his wife and his 6-week-old adopted son, Caleb.  In his post-win interview, Watson said
Golf isn't everything for me. If I would have lost today, it wouldn't have been the end of the world. To win is awesome, but I'll go back to real life next week.
Then I started thinking about the fact that our lives consists of hundreds if not thousands of moments, some framed by "best," some framed by "worst," and some hardly noticed because they aren't sufficient to ripple our consciousness one way or the other.  Most of our moments are just moments that pass without notice.

And that made me think of Ben Frankin's Autobiography in which he posited a morning question and its complementary evening question: "What good shall I do this day?" and "What good have I done this day?"

At the end of the day, our lives have been marked, informed, affected, and effected by those hundreds if not thousands of moments.  At the end of the day, I hope that most of our moments are those we can measure but what good we have done.  Those, my friends, are the "best" moments.

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