Usually it takes two to tango; sometimes we dance alone, but we are always solely responsible for our steps. Most of our relationships involve multiple people. Although there are those exceptional relationships that are solitary - we have relationships with our environment, with nature, and most importantly with ourselves.
Of course, the pursuit of happiness isn't all sunshine and rainbows and mugs of tea and smiling children. Sometimes we need to tackle our insecurities and weaknesses, and we can't just ignore our draining jobs and nagging relatives. But the practices here represent the other side of the coin, the one we often neglect: seeing, appreciating, and mobilizing the good.
During March of 2016, Disability Awareness Month, I was brought face-to-face with a child whose life will never be easy. I refuse, however, to dishonor his story and my story and the other stories of those with disabilities by cleaning up the jagged edges of our stories with a litany of "but" "but" "but."