It is better to be concerned with being than with nothingness. Dream therefore of what you still have rather than of what you have lost.I’m reminded of what Harold Russell wrote: “It is not what you have lost but what you have left that counts.”
The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert: A Selection , trans. Paul Auster (New York: New York Review Books, 2005).
Also from Joseph Joubert
Another world : Brevity : “Everything is new” : Form and content : Irrelevancies and solid objects : Justified enthusiasm : Lives and writings : New books, old books : ’Nuff said (1) : ’Nuff said (2) : Politeness : Resignation and courage : Ruins v. reconstructions : Self-love and truth : Thinking and writing : Wine
[Thank goodness this post wasn’t Sartre’s Being and Nothingness .]