Today I am grateful that, when I close my eyes, I can still feel the beauty of the world. I can feel the sunshine on my face and hear the wind work it's way carefully through the late summer leaves. I know that when I close my eyes, lean back into this chair and take a deep breath that I am still becoming something special. I've been looking out over Utah Lake often today and, althought I don't always like what it is capable of, I find myself in love with the natural world. It's one of the greatest paradoxes inherent in life : The world is so very ugly and violent, but (and at the same time) it is so wonderfully beautiful. I am thankful for that which I have and the promise of tomorrow (even if it never comes).