Pura Vida

Ryan Adams asked me to be his wrecking ball this morning. Well me and anyone else listening to the radio on their morning drive. It was lovely. Then I started thinking about the other wrecking ball song and the impact (both literal and figurative) a wrecking ball has on a situation. And it's so easy, once the momentum starts, to just keep on going. Again, lit-rally and/or figuratively. Apply either/or both to your life as you please.

But where are the songs about cranes?  More build-me-up-buttercup please! You know who was a human crane? My Uncle Bob. That man. That man could build up, elevate or encourage every person he came into contact with. His motto was Pura Vida and he definitely lived it. Below is one of his favorite poems that he shared with us. I'm sharing it with you because I love you. And because I hope that maybe it will encourage you to share one extra smile, a piece of great advice, or a kind word to someone who needs it. If not, well at least you read a little poetry on a Friday.

Pura vida, dear hearts.

Is anybody happier
because you passed their way?
Does anyone remember
that you spoke to them today?

The day is almost over,
and its toiling time is through,
Is there anyone that will utter
a kind word about you?

Can you say tonight in parting,
with the day that’s slipping fast,
that you helped a single person
of the many that you passed?

Is a single heart rejoicing
over what you did or said?
Does the one whose hopes were fading
now with courage look ahead?

Did you win the day or lose it?
Was it well or sorely spent?
Did you leave a trail of kindness,
or a scar of discontent?

As you close your eyes in slumber,
do you think that God will say,
”you have earned one more tomorrow
by the good you did today?”
— John Hall