Blog 1499 – 10.26.2019
You Are Not Alone
Today’s picture is meant to be funny, but laundry and loneliness are neither all that funny, however a slight change of mind can deal with both. First, let us address the laundry. As one who for the last seven plus years has spent most of that time away from home, no washer and dryer, I have spent most Sunday or Saturday mornings at a laundromat somewhere across this wide country, washing, drying, and folding clothes. Yet, like the wise, if short, seven dwarfs of Snow White fame, I have learned that keeping a happy thought makes it more than possible to whistle not only while you work but to make better use of the time spent waiting. In those doing laundry moments I have accomplished some of my best reading and writing.
In one of my favorite movies, Sabrina, both versions actually the 1950’s Audrey Hepburn and the 1990’s Julia Ormond, Sabrina said of her dad, “Only a lover of books would take a job as a chauffeur so he would have plenty of time to read while waiting.” The author of the once widely popular Living Bible transliterated the entire Bible on commuter rides to and from his home and work. How transformed our lives and the lives of others could be if we just kept a happy thought and looked for ways to transform our impatiently waiting moments into magical creative moments.
As for loneliness, it is one of our most pain inflicting illusions. You and I have never for one instance throughout this life or most probably countless other lives ever been alone. One writer has written, “Seeing as we are encompassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses let us run with staying power the race that is set before us.” A phrase from a sweet comforting song from my Christian days comes to mind, “Angels are bending low…”
Don’t believe in angels? No problem, they believe in you as do all the players who have had walk ons in this production that is your life. You have the staring role but rest assured that when no one else is on stage with you that you are never alone for an entire cast of characters is waiting in the wings and an even larger production company has your back – moms, dads, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a myriad of friends, fellow workers, and playmates past and present are here for you.
And then there is always that laundry piling up.
Your friend and fellow traveler,