Sometime we are oblivious to the grand picture and the beauty that lies right beneath our noses (and sometimes right above our heads) and we miss living life to the fullest.
From Louise Erdrich's The Painted Drum:
"Life will break you.
Nobody can protect you from that,
and living alone won't either,
for solitude will also break you with its yearning.
You have to love.
You have to feel.
It is the reason you are here on earth.
You are here to risk your heart.
You are here to be swallowed up.
And when it happens that you
or death brushes near,
let yourself sit by an apple tree
and listen to the apples falling
all around you in heaps,
wasting their sweetness.
Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could."