Friday, April 20, 2007

A Few Thoughts

It’s been a week of tragic news from home and abroad, which makes me reticent to put words to the page about something as trivial as wine. But life must go on.

While the media outlets bombards us with news of the worst of humanity, reading the musings of my fellow wine bloggers reminds me of the simple pleasures that define my day-to-day life.

A long time ago, I decided that instead of dwelling on all that is wrong with my life and the world in general, I would focus on enjoying the here and now. That explains quite a bit about my keen appreciation of life’s simple pleasures: good wine, good food and good company.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m no Pollyanna. I have more than my share of gripes, nagging worries and real concerns. However, I’m always looking for those moments—no matter how brief—of pure happiness.

In a way, that’s what wine represents to me—whether it’s a glass shared with friends, a sublime pairing of wine and food or a special bottle opened in celebration. Sometimes happiness is merely a moment of quiet reflection at the end of a long day with a well-deserved glass in hand.

My parents will be in town visiting this weekend, which stirs a mix of emotions for me. I haven’t achieved much in the way of conventional success—the things most parents hope for their children. To them, my life probably seems wildly unpredictable and precarious...and it is.

I’m lucky, however, to have such amazing role models, who provided me with the tools and perspective to navigate a wildly unpredictable and precarious world.

So, this weekend I’ll be clinking glasses with my loved ones and counting my blessings. I hope you’ll be doing the same.

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