In the 1997 movie “As Good As It Gets,” the best line is spoken by Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) to a group of depressed patients in a psychiatrist’s waiting room. “What if this is as good as it gets?” he asks in a rather malevolent Jack Nicholson kind of way. When I first saw the movie 13 years ago (damn! it’s been that long??!), I was kind of aghast at the idea that life could possibly be just one long flat depressing series of ruts and routines. But as I’ve gotten older (and presumably, wiser), the question of “is this is good as it gets?” has taken on a more spiritual meaning for me. This truth is that this…the present moment…IS as good as it gets. Sometimes life IS dull and repetitious, but that is just how life is and most of the time; we just have to make the best of it.
Depending on a person’s outlook, a day can be either a nightmare or a dream come true. The “Big Things” don’t happen every day…mostly we just go along living our ordinary lives, day to day, and in the middle of our routines and jobs and commutes and walks the Big Things sneak in. A day can be magic even if it’s just running errands or walking the dog.
Here’s as good as it got for me on a very recent Wednesday.