…he wrote down on a whiteboard his love for us both: his “brothers.” From the lips of a dying man, I wondered… did we deserve this honour?
…social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. He suggests that it’s not only possible to get along with people of diametrically opposing views, but both win by doing so.
Like duct tape, our Covid-19 lives may not look pretty, but for most of us, things could be worse.
“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.