Lots of Little Ideals?
One of my favorite writers and journalists was Andy Rooney, who was part of the CBS “60 Minutes” TV show from 1978 to 2011. He was born in New York in 1919 and died in New York in 2011. (Yep, he died few weeks after his last broadcast). He had a short piece at the end of each show called, “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney”. Many times, he began with, “Have you ever wondered why?” Like, “Have you ever wondered why the shopping cart you get at the supermarket is the one with broken rollers that are noisy and cause the cart to want to go in different directions?” Or, how about “The word “vegetarian” is actually an old Indian word that means “poor hunter””. My favorite (now at this time of my life) is, “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”
Okay, back to the pretty picture at the top. Yes, I chose it because all the trees in my neighborhood are beginning to look like this, but sadly there is no lake in my backyard to really enjoy the event. I do have a female Jack Russel (Sandy) who loves to lie under my chair and fall asleep, feeling completely safe and happy.
I am beginning to think that, while evaluating what my “Ideal” is after listening to Rollos about it, that I do not have just one Ideal. I have a bunch of them. Sorta like the pretty colors of the trees in the Fall. Each kind of tree has the same colors, but other trees have different colors, all proclaiming who they are until the ground is covered by their leaves. Then they all look the same, old, wrinkled, cracked, dried out, not much life left in them. All the leaves lived together in the forest from Spring through Summer, each having their own purpose, but a part of the overall forest. I feel like that at times. I feel like I am glad I have lots of ldeals as a part of my life, and not just one ideal which would strive to overshadow all the other things that I am.
Each of us are a lot of things, mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, neighbor, fellow church member, gardener, golfer, even Cribbage player! So, I guess to answer the question, “What is your ideal?”, we must wade through all the aspects of who we are and decide what we want to motivate us the most, or the most often. Maybe just being a child of God will fill that purpose.
Psalm 1 says, “…that the person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.” I think if we are not like my little dog all curled up in a circle, legs and tail all tucked under her, sleeping in peace and rest, our view of life will be like looking at the brown leaves on the ground. We need to look up and see all the colors of our life which God has planted in us, which we have to recognize and properly tend. He wants to sit in the chair and be our guide, and He wants us to lay under Him, under His eternal care and love!
Pease pray for the Women’s Cursillo team #1217 at 12:17 p.m. every day. We need your prayers. Only God can do God sized tasks!
Thank you and De Colores to all. It truly is all about the colors!
Rev. Jack Moody #355