The older I become, the more I realize I never did understand much about life’s really important things. I was always the one being forgiven, never the one offering forgiveness. Now, I see that I’m just the middleman between the blind and the divine.
Standing by your principles – even if it doesn’t work out – can still give your struggles meaning.
• The typical person in my class was a recent university graduate; I’d been in the workforce for four years.
• They picked up on things and learned fast; I had nothing but questions.
• They seem brilliant; I felt stupid.
But, I had something they didn’t have…
A common reason people give for having a firearm is self-protection. But actually, having a firearm didn’t make me feel any safer.
I’m as nothing; but, tapping into something special, ethereal even, is everything.
Such is the tragedy of misguided loyalty practiced in the name of love. As a boy, I was led to believe that not hating the one meant not loving the other.
Leaving, I felt the awesome power of joy and love that defined his life – with none of the transitory, smoky mirrors of “stardom.” Suddenly, the gift he was giving us hit home: all things must pass; but, we’re still here. If there’s any good we can do, let it be now. Keep the music going!
It was my mother who passed on her love of music to me. She showed me that the magic of great music came from the heart. I learned that a terrific song has everything in balance: the tune, the words, and most importantly, a singer – capable of interpreting it for others.
When, at the funeral home, I reached out to say goodbye, I noticed the watch he was wearing was right on time. I don’t know what that means in a timeless world, but he was more interested in who you were… in the here and now.
His outrage was explosive! Publicly chastised, his eyes glared with resentment. And, there I stood – guilty of poking the eye of the tiger with a (judgement) stick.