Embracing life is accepting all things as they are, enthusiastically and with open arms. It is a way of approaching life, an attitude.
If we will not embrace life as it is, then how will we embrace life? And if we do not embrace life, then what will we hold dear, if anything?
No one forces us to embrace life. We could tolerate it. We could even be angry and bitter about our circumstances, for all the good that does.
Life is an invitation that has walked through your door. You can embrace it or not, it is up to you.
- Anne Enright, Making Babies: Stumbling Into Motherhood (W.W. Norton & Company, 2012): “Enright, with all her caustic wit, embraces . . . ‘the whole Megillah’”.
- Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (Vintage Canada, 2006).: “Ishiguro has a way of pitting innocence against experience, while reminding us that we're capable of both.”
- Zinaida Serebriakova, Peasant (1914)
- Ivan Aivazovsky, Chains of the Caucasus Mountains (1869)
- Boris Kostudiev, At the Sketches (At the Foothills)
Music: songs and other short pieces
- The Beatles, Let It Be
Film and Stage
- Departures, a magnificent and moving film about a man who becomes an artist at a ritual for families of the departed
Music: Composers, artists, and major works
Albums and live performances:
- Nana Mouskouri, Live at Herod Atticus, July 24, 1984; concert in Berlin, 1987
- Manu Dibango, Live ’91 album
- Sam Mangwana, Maria Tebbo album
- Franco et. le Tout Puissant OK Jazz, Mario album; La Vie des Hommes
- Hank Penny, Hillbilly Bebop: The King Anthology 1944-1950
- The Country Gentlemen, Country Songs, Old and New album
- The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East
- Miles Davis, “In Person at the Blackhawk, San Francisco” album
- Aho, Chinese Songs (Kiinalaisia Iauluja) (1997): these songs convey sadness, even despair, until the final song breaks through with a revelation that we can choose another way.
- Dvořák, Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33, B163 (1875): Though written in a minor key, this concerto is a celebration of life.