From The Storyteller
Hello All: A silver lining to the spring 2020 days. Enjoy, Doug
“Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet and so are you”. A poem found in my freshman high school yearbook. When I first read it, I was not overly pleased with the sentiment because being “sweet” was not my goal. I was a teenage boy wanting her words to be of eternal love, and “sweet” just didn’t cut it. As you might suspect that relationship never got beyond “sweet”.
Her name however, naturally caused me to start thinking about some of the folks who, through circumstance or choice, played important parts in building my life’s story. The faces of people from the schools I attended, my time in the Air Force, my years of law practice, and from the churches I served kept popping into my mind.
Which caused me to sort them into one of two groups. One group I named “The Crazies”, and it included all those folks who would not do things the way I would do them. The second group I named “The Not Crazies”, and it included all who would do things the way I would do them. “The Not Crazies” group was very small (read here, one) and “The Crazies” turned out to be very large (read here, literally thousands). Each of them has had a role in making me who I am today.
Which, of course, caused me to smile for two reasons. First, for better or worse, I am unique. Second, I’ve had the good fortune to encounter literally thousands of wildly different great people, who have shared a piece of their lives with me. This brings me to a spring 2020 day that gave me the down-time to simply remember those wonderful folks. It was a day well spent.
Moral: Remembering those who helped you build your life’s story can bring you smiles.