I decided I’d take off this week and not post a story, but I wanted to at least say hello and add to the general goodwill in the turkey air and let you know what I’ve discovered on Turkey Day: I’m grateful to be an old fart.
None of my “wobbly bits” is on the level of my body where they used to be, but I’m so much more aware of who I am now and where I’m going in life, even if it means some things are dragging on the ground and some relationships have had to be let go. So before I get stoned on tryptophan and vodka gimlets, I just wanted to say that I am also grateful to have discovered that I’m part of a “we” and not an “us and them” in the family of man. That may not sound like much, but if you’ve ever spent time in the conservative Evangelical circles I’ve escaped from, you’ll recognize why this is such a major distinction for me. Because I am a “we” on a journey with every other human on the planet, I’ve fallen in love with the universal mandate that every religion has at its core but rarely adheres to. I’ve made it one of my daily meditations and mantras (not just for people who think like me but for everyone I encounter): “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Norman Rockwell’s Golden Rule (poster)
So eat, drink, and be merry, and let’s all thank God for who we are to each other. Let our only enemy, during this holiday season, be the turkey whose ass we plan to hunt down and roast (or deep fry) for our culinary pleasure!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BROTHAS AND SISTAS!
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer
“Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy — because we will always want to have something else or something more.” — Brother David Steindl-Rast
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein
Thank you Renee for the term “wobbly bits” which you so humorously display in your story, “What Does Your Husband Really Think of Your Wobbly Bits?” at www.lifeintheboomerlane.wordpress.com
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