From Generation to Generation

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

The lovely young woman who will soon be my daughter-in-law said to me recently that she found me to be upbeat. My late dad was generally downbeat but my mother had a deep enjoyment of the beauty of life.

About 25 years ago she came to visit and we were driving on a rare, dreary day in San Diego. She said to me on one strip of highway: “Aren’t those beautiful flowers along the road.”

Sixty five years ago I was quite disappointed having left my friends and our dog when we moved from Dayton, Ohio to Miami, Florida. Mom arranged outings to beautiful places every Sunday until I finally came around.

Did that stem the tide of my sorrow? I don’t know. I do know her steady thoughtfulness was appreciated.

A neuroscientist might tell me that upbeat attitude goes back to modeling that has occurred over thousands of years…

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Getting Closer

“The world changes in direct proportion to the number of people willing to be honest about their lives.” Armistead Maupin, an American writer.

Isn’t it refreshing to have close friends without airs and pretense. Humility is the operative word for honesty about ourselves.

It’s ancient wisdom one finds throughout Scriptures. It is so powerful in building relationships. When it happens between people it builds bountiful bridges.

Dear Lord, we need more of that.