“Congratulations! You look like a very happy couple.” That’s what a man called out to us before driving away from a stop sign as we walked arm in arm together one evening. We were both surprised and appreciative of his comments – expressed as they were with genuine sincerity. It made our day!
It may be, I’m an acquired taste… maybe, I should just shut up and listen. Okay. Yet, some people try to coverup a multitude of sins by saying, “It’s just business.” However, as Scrooge was reminded, mankind is our business – nothing else.
Then I learned something else. As jazz saxophonist great, Charlie Parker, said, “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out your horn.” What… you mean I have to actually be this stuff?
If living with COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s to be kind and care – especially with the broken and most vulnerable among us.
“You made it a special day for me. You know how? – by just being yourself. There’s only one person in the whole world like you and I like you just the way you are.” ~ Mr. Rogers
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.