Alone at home tonight and musing on the state of society this holiday season along with the increasingly belligerent embrace of contrived anger and victimhood, along with some outrageous displays of belligerent willful ignorance, (that we even see on display from some of our commenters over here at CFI.).
I wonder what ever happened to the simple joys of living our short lives? Appreciating and reveling in the beauty of being alive and experiencing the highlights of our individual reasonably well lived lives - within whatever family, society, community we’ve settled into?
The simple acts of our days, where we touch others, because they matter to us and we matter to them. Laughing at our foibles, acknowledging our mutual humanity, which includes a wide spectrum of feelings, always changing as we experience our day to days. I’m lucky I’ve been part of this greater community since 1979, so I have the joy of the seasons of our lives, running into memories of my 20, 30, 40, 50, 60s - watching fancy free friends go on to love, family, kids, grandkids, and being amazed at how old our friends look, then getting home to the bathroom mirror. It’s a hoot. Hell, I’m one of them. … and the knowing jazz that goes on between us alumni from this or that period, as we pass a nod and wink, like sailing ships upon the sea.
Joy in mutual memories of long gone days and such.
Appreciating what we have, along with our failings, along with our successes, empathizing with the pain and circumstance of others. There but for the grace of providence go I, and all that.
A feeling of mutual humanity, like if I can help make you feel a little better or help relieve some pain, it makes me feel good to make you feel good. (Incidentally, for you young one’s, that’s the secret to being a good lover/partner too, a tad more concern about your partner’s needs and pleasures, than your own, pays big dividends. Win win, so why not put some one else’s priorities over your own now and then? But I digress.)
Oh but then this thread is all about a digression from the rest of it.
This is about the moments of our lives, and why they matter.
How about you?