This week I am well.
Sometimes it may seem that in my posts I advocate having a permanently cheerful attitude, never being swayed by any kind of positive or negative emotions. That’s not entirely true.
In Shakespeare’s classic play, Much Ado About Nothing, there is a character named Benedict who is very set against the idea of marriage, subsequently the majority of the play involves his opinion changing. In one particular scene Benedict has the following speech.
One woman is fair, yet I am well; another virtuous, yet I am well; another is wise, yet I am well; but till all graces be in one woman, one woman shall not come into my grace.
For Benedict this is a speech of pride, he follows on to list the qualities his bride would need and why. But his statement, I am well, gave me pause.
Last weekend I went to a wedding of a friend. I enjoy weddings, they’re a joyful occasion that marks the beginning of a new family. However, these events bring out my more reflective nature, it causes me to examine my involvement in the lives of the happy couple, and examine my own life.
You see it more often in television or movies, the character with a smile as he stands off to the side, his friends are celebrating at the wedding. Perhaps a slight bit of melancholy visible in their features for the end of an era, but happiness for the couple their prominent emotion. I happen to be one of those people.
Being well denotes contentment, satisfaction, unswayed by this or that.
Someone asked me if everything was alright when I first replied, “I am well.” I answered that sometimes I don’t need to be better or worse than well.
For me, well is the line down I don’t go past. I’ll get better, but I won’t get any worse.
So there we have it. Things may go bad, yet I am well; things may go great, yet I am well.