Life’s Challenge: Bring a Twinkle, Not A Scowl

R. Scott Peck started two books with verities that don’t lack evidence, “Life is Difficult; Life is Complicated.”

I think of that this morning. Okay, it’s easy to go off on the national USA leadership, particularly for the alleged comment about John McCain, “He’s going to die, anyway.”

If it weren’t true, there’d be a storming ruckus from the White House. That’s my surmise. So, if it was said, to refuse an apology is an indication of a value, a cultural reality. Why apologize; the statement is true, some tilt-to-the-right citizens bark. Yes, they bark in my mind.

I could rant and rave at the injustice of such a statement, of a perilous future looming ahead, in which day after day arrogance trumps [oops!] intelligence.

But I won’t. I won’t.

Rather, in considering the truths Peck provides, and it’s not academic as much as experienced, I go another way. Wish it weren’t a road less traveled. But it is.

I go with this link. With a police officer saving a life. Responding in the moment, doing what he could and then taking the infant, “Kingston”, to the hospital, where “King” was revived and will have a normal life.

Well, each has to define “normal.”

I do it this way: to not walk a talk that refuses to help others. So, when spontaneity jumps in, to not pay for the customer behind you. [Did that recently at a HEB grocery store, the man was grateful. As I left the store to my car a tap on my shoulder: the same man. “Sir, thanks. Gave me encouragement to pay for the lady behind me.”] A nice moment for everyone.

Don’t think “nice moments for everyone” happen enough. But, as Jessica Cox reminds me, my new and cherished friend with no arms, “I am enough and that’s my normal.”

So, on this Saturday, the eve of Mother’s Day [in the church it is the Festival of the Home], I want to live—and TRUST you do, too—to save lives…or at least act in a manner which if you look carefully enough to the one you help, you’ll see a twinkle. Yes. You will.

Here’s the link that impacts me today…as I live with carpe diem…or something like that.


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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