Fruits and Vegetables…
Paper Towels and Toilet Paper…
(Credit Photos: Andy Blumenthal @Harris Teeter)
I go to the fridge to look for something to eat.
I find am empty food storage container on the shelf.
I recognize it from the day before when it was filled with delicious over-baked salmon.
So I go to one kid who I guess may be the culprit and I ask:
Why did you leave the empty bowl in the fridge and not clean it out when you were done?
Dad, I didn’t do it.
So, I feel like a jerk and apologize for thinking maybe it was her.
Then I go to the other kid and say:
Did you leave an empty dirty salmon bowl in the fridge?
And she says to me:
So I ask rhetorically thinking there was no acceptable reason:
Why did you do that?
She says sweetly to me:
My sister was sleeping and I didn’t want to wake her by washing out the bowl.
And I knew she meant it.
I wouldn’t have imagined a reason for leaving an empty dirty bowl in the fridge, but it just goes to show not to misjudge people–there is usually a reason for everything. 😉
(Source Photo: Amazon)
Do these people look happy and fulfilled or are they looking more vacant, exhausted, and miserable to you?
Is it the Metro?
Is it Washington, D.C.?
Is it their work?
Is it family issues?
Is it the economy?
Is it health problems?
For a superpower country with supposed incredible wealth, might, and freedom to enjoy it all–what the heck is going on.
Should we blame the politics and fighting?
Should we blame the fake news optics?
Should we blame our gnawing adversaries (Axis of Evil Russia, Iran, North Korea…)?
Should we blame materialism and consumerism (and a corresponding lack of spirituality and values in our lives)?
We have the greatest advances in history–revolutionizing energy, transportation, healthcare, communications, and more–so much to advance our well-being, to savor, and seemingly endless more to come.
Why aren’t people smiling?
Why aren’t people jumping for joy more?
Why aren’t people even awake with eyes open to enjoy the life’s journey?
There should be great hope in the future–with fruitful life there is hope and with hope there is excitement and joy–but without hope all is meaningless and lost.
What is going on out there–psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, clergy?
We are trying to do everything right.
So where are we going wrong-wrong-wrong? 😉
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)
Loneliness is empty, hollow, a panicky void, and depression.
It’s like being in the ocean and feeling so small in its massive depths…almost like drowning.
In the end, you are alone in the universe.
No one can truly feel your pain or joy or experience all of you.
You’re a world unto yourself.
You connect and form relationships with others–there is learning and growth and love and caring in that.
Talking and reaching out and being part of someone and something washes away parts of those scary feelings and creates a greater purpose of being and meaning.
But there is also silence and solitude and the darkness of the night.
And in that there is just the faith in G-d Almighty.
He alone is what comforts us as we stare into the vastness out there as well as the evil and loss that we come face-to-face with and combat in life.
The soldier girds his sword for battle and carries a shield to protect himself.
But there is no shield for the loneliness we experience in life and ultimately in death itself. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)