“THIS MOMENTOUS DAY”
A valuable excerpt from Dean Koontz’s “From The Corner Of His Eye” Pg 861-862
Phimie, through Angel, had brought Celestina both to Wally and to a fuller understanding of their father’s meaning when he spoke of , “THIS MOMENTOUS DAY” an understanding that brought power to her painting and so deeply touched the people who saw, and bought her art.
Not one day in anyone’s life, so her father taught, is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s Syndrome child.
Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform, little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example. Each smallest act of kindness–even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile–reverberates across great distances and spans of time affecting lives unknown to the one who’s generous spirit was the source of this good echo… because kindness is passed on and grows each time it’s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later, and far away.
Likewise each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.
All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined–those dead, those living, those generations yet to come–that the fate of all, is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.
Therefore after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just from pain and grief, we must weave hope; for each of us is a thread critical to the strength–to the very survival– of the human tapestry.
Every hour in every life contains such often- unrecognized potential to affect the world, that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction so often yearn, are already with us: all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in .
“THIS MOMENTOUS DAY“.