I’ve developed a habit. Well, overstated, but at least, “upon occasion” I do this: when I compliment someone—Es Mller, my saintly mother, God rest her soul—taught me this: always try the truth on for size. If it doesn’t fit, say nothing—I point to my nose and say, “My nose doesn’t grow.” Most people, pushing 90% know about Pinocchio and laugh, often commenting, “That’s a good thing.”
Those who know me well—who know I’m a Beto guy well above a Cruz supporter, not even to say about the reality that each day it seems, someone’s contradicting the President—this morning his declaration a “deal has been agreed to” with Mexico about holding the immigrants, was contradicted by current Mexico leadership.
This morning, though, in assessing where and how I be, which I believe says a great deal on how I live the day—for I do believe in Carpe Diem—I find whether or not someone’s living with obvious integrity and has a nose’s length fixed in time and declaration is worth a mantra level rating.
Hey, I’m not an endorser of growing noses. But, I found this saying, posted by one of my favorite churches in West Seattle—Tibbett’s UMC—to have resounding impact. So, this will be, hopefully, highlighted as the day unfolds. Sure, I’ll root for the Broncos over the Steelers [Sorry, Joanne, but we’ll never be for the same teams in this instance!]. But, that is penultimate. Not ultimate.
What’s most important, no matter what happens or what I might have a chance to impact, is doing what I can to benefit others. It may be a smile. It may be paying their grocery bill—am finding greater frequency in this. It may be helping at home so Jason’s base is covered. With Jason, he’s in a recovery mode that has slipped. Another MRI will happen in a couple of weeks, but it appears a consequence of his cerebellum hematoma removal has more than a full impact upon his motor skills.
For sure, it NEEDS to be that who I am and how I live…considers this saying with more than value. It is necessity…no matter the day, the time or the place or the circumstance.
Okay. Preachy. But, so what? No apology necessary. Only a question: in what manner of living do you find this worth not just acknowledging…but find it mantra as you live?