Andy Rooney had a suggestion worth our full attention. The “jester” of those 60 Minutes said: “…that one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
I do all I can, so appreciating God’s grace when I can do that.
It was the early Pandemic. 2020.
I was going through a long delayed exercise of throwing out personal business papers that were past their prime. Not only were they no longer needed but in some ways they were archaic. It was a bit of a shock to see how much things had changed.
Examining my correspondence that had been faxed 33 years years ago was like observing the Roman aqueducts. No emailing in 1987. Encryption was something for espionage. And, my personal correspondence was hand written. It even approached legibility. Voice recognition software used to create an electronic document would have been the stuff of science fiction to me in 1987.
Sure is good to know these operations and transmissions occur today in a far easier, more efficient mode. That is particularly true since at 75, I need some easier
“I’ve learned that love, not time, heals all wounds.” “I’ve learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame.
It’s true. Love heals. Love seems to grow when the two of you learn to negotiate the differences more peacefully with time, climbing that mountain.
Time? We really can’t define it. But, we know in our hearts, love heals. Love makes life worthwhile.
God is love. May God bless each of us with ever enlarging hearts for others.
“I have learned that being kind is more important than being right.” Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame. “The truth is… everything counts. Everything. Everything we do and everything we say. Everything helps or hurts; everything adds to or takes away from someone else” Countee Cullen, African-American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
Oh, that arrogance we try to bury. That ego is bubbling near the surface, eager to erupt, sometimes in anger. It requires that we win at all costs. What could be more damaging to a relationship?
Yet Mr. Hyde has his way of overcoming Dr. Jekyll’s sweetness and light. I agree with the author/pastor/speaker/sage, Tim Keller. His book on marriage, The Meaning of Marriage, which he co-wrote with his spouse, Kathy, emphasizes that marriage is the place where both people learn to love more deeply. Isn’t love what gathering patience over time is about, following our Maker’s lead?
He has inspired the playbook, the world’s bestseller, Scriptures. Isn’t that book worth a go?
“We’re all strangers connected by what we reveal, what we share, what we take away—our stories. I guess that’s what I love about books —they are thin strands of humanity that tether us to one another for a small bit of time, that make us feel less alone or even more comfortable with our aloneness, if need be.” Libba Bray, an American writer.
There doesn’t seem to be enough connectedness in our frequently virtual world. The written word seems an effort in the right direction. It was essential to the beginning of the U.S. in books like Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.
Books get our minds alive, not hooked into someone else’s visuals, however well cinema captures our attention. They allow us to share our lives and thoughts well.
In a sense, you are your imagination. It’s where your ideas are birthed. Doesn’t it make common sense to give it some exercise with quality, beautifully edited stories? Those young kids who love to be read to seem to be on to something.