Once upon a time, I knew a boy whose parents fell out of love and stopped living together at his home. It was very sad for the boy, because where once there had been joy, now there was only loneliness in his heart.
Reading through your diaries – back during those nasty divorce years – I remember dealing with my own issues as a young teenager; never realizing how you suffered as well… especially missing mum.
I had to grow up fast… from being a “cowboy” to a man… figuratively, throwing myself at her feet; literally, begging for forgiveness.
This must be what Pope Francis meant when he said don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number of refugees… the oppressed poor, but to look into their faces: people wanting only a better future for their children. Planting seeds of hope, not hate.
“Your job will be to go out and salt the earth that your competitor walks on, destroy their market share and pour boiling oil over them.”, he said. Are we expected to buy into this adversarial business life philosophy?
“There’s no way!” she says, as she explains that during the show he might throw out some souvenir guitar picks or after the show, autograph some official photos; but as to actually placing his signature on someone’s guitar?…
Earlier we were loading our old dog into the van which, almost certainly, would be the last time we would see him. Before leaving, my wife looked into his unresponsive eyes and wept.
Most of us never fully understand how some people suffer from non-visible afflictions, every day. How we might better learn to “be there” for them is up to us to understand.
Scrooge felt that he had to steel himself against the harshness of the world. And, as he became wealthy, his fiancé found that he wanted a golden idol more than her. Cutting himself off from her love, he failed to realize that she hadn’t changed – no matter the state of the world.