The Unmitigated “Yes!”

If I could tell you what I most want it would to be fully present to my life, to truly inhabit it and be mindful that it is a miracle. And yet there is so much suffering and injustice in our world. What right have I to feel joy? The poet Jack Gilbert says, “We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world.” What kind of stubbornness is this?