My mama and papa are celebrating 50 years together at Old Faithful in Yellowstone Park! Evidence a sense of humor goes a long, long way. I guess that's how they made it look so easy for the last 47 years that I have witnessed.
Sense of humor is a vital and beautiful thing between two people; but what keeps it together is so much more. A strong foundation of their faith in God, an everlasting belief in each other to weather good times and bad, and the amazing ability to not sweat the small stuff day after day, year after year.
I'm dedicating my background music to my parents as I speak...listening to a little Stevie Wonder. Got Higher Ground moving and a grooving in my head. Next up, Don't You Worry About a Thing....
It will be a mini family reunion to celebrate a very big milestone and something that just doesn't happen too much in America these days. What a shame huh.
How times have changed; and in this season of change for America we might give this an honest and objective look. Seriously, we've all changed -- as a society -- and not necessarily for the better so don't sit there looking so smug.
We aren't cool when we don't respect the basic principles of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
We certainly aren't cool when we take our bodies and souls for granted living in an age of transgressions and vices.
We aren't cool when we put our selfish concerns over the needs of the children.
We aren't cool when we teach "do as I say, but not as I do."
We aren't cool when we dispose of relationships, money, food or babies easier than letting go of a favorite t-shirt.
We aren't cool when we don't cherish our health by simply eating smarter, and getting a little exercise, our rest, and drink our water.
We aren't cool thinking we can do life without God watching over every choice we make.
We aren't cool letting the media control what we think with regards to anything from political agendas to what is sexy; sex may sell but certainly at a loss.
We aren't cool if we think being a parent is all about being cool.
We aren't cool if we look to anyone else outside of our self for happiness; sure other people help, but YOU are it, baby, and nobody else can do it better.
We aren't cool when we let our land of the free start to melt away under the magnetizing eyes of a domineering government. We aren't cool at all when we aren't left alone to be free to do our own thing...duh
We aren't cool when we allow a simple life get consumed by our consumption.
We aren't cool if we choose debt, one night stands and selfish pleasures over living within our means and having a true, long term relationship with lasting security.
We aren't cool when we burned bras and thought that boys would really take us seriously. Seriously?
We aren't cool when a career trumps giving our children boundaries, expectations and responsibilities.
Need me to keep going?
We just aren't cool; and in this era where coolness reigns, we should be awfully clear about what is cool and what is not, for our life as we know it and our children depend on it.
America is the coolest place on earth. Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness requires us to be true to our cool...and calm and collected in meeting the challenges of today. I believe we will; I have the faith and I'm in it for the long run.
So as I part for a few days in honor of the folks who brought me into this world, I dedicate this page to the very cool, and very true, love you share. I am grateful. I am in awe. And you inspire me everyday.
Make it a Good Day, G
"Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress
requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."