"as a kind of rigorous holding of one's life, joy becomes the capacity to train our gaze on many things so that what we see includes what is terrible but also what is wonderful and beautiful."
I wrote earlier in this blog that sometimes I wonder why I continue it. But, Gay's words remind me of an answer—the news is constantly full of the "terrible" and to be honest with ourselves we must acknowledge that. But then too, there are white pelicans . . .