I've been watching All in the Family on what I call an "old people's channel." Since I was too young to remember anything about it if I ever watched it, I thought it was basically a sitcom with people yelling at each other. But watching it for myself, I found a lot of sweet moments. "Maybe rain is God's way of baptizing the whole world." I heard Edith Bunker say that, and I find myself thinking of it on rainy days (of which Asheville has had more than its share this year). Maybe all the things we think we need to do aren't really that important after all. Maybe God loves us enough to keep trying to inspire us to believe. Maybe God sprinkles that love on us every time it rains. I'd like to believe that anyway.
This is the time of year we think of family, friends, and food. But not everyone has all these things. Life is not a Norman Rockwell painting or a Hallmark Christmas movie. Some people are alone or broke or in a great deal of pain. They don't get to celebrate the joy of the holiday season. It doesn't matter which of the holidays you celebrate--Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or Winter Solstice (if I left out your holiday, I apologize). Please remember them in December and throughout the year. Blessings to you all.
There is always a thread of sadness running through my life. I’m taking a writing class, and in the first week, that is one of my takeaways. These blog posts have been hard to write for the past few months. Sometimes I manage. Sometimes I don’t. When I see this sentence in black and white, it makes me ask myself why that is. Have you ever noticed that when you’re in a bad mood, all you see around you is bad news? When you’re feeling good, nothing can go wrong. You don’t notice things that can spoil that mood. I know it’s a simple lesson, but sometimes we need to be reminded of the simple lessons in life. If I look for inspiration, I’ll find it somewhere. If I look for and expect to find sadness, I’ll find it It’s like wearing a pair of magic glasses.