It’s a perfect June Day here. Sunny, clear, cool beginnings and endings to the day. ah… Picnic on the horizon… what more could you ask for? Gratitude for all the great dads? Got it…
And then these words by Thomas Merton showed up on my Face Book Feed: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”– “Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander”
Need I say more? Not really. To give it away, you have to take it in. You have to revel in what is… I get to revel in having had a great dad. Sam was a wonderful man, and I got to spend the last of his life making it more interesting and better, reversing the paradigm!
So make some memories, put your feet up, and put something on the grill. Play a game of something in a noisy group of friends and enjoy. Because the journey goes on from today. But there’s today for Peace right where you are. Enjoy the Sabbath. If you’ve got him, enjoy your dad — and celebrate them all.
Um er… exactly my point trying to encourage (first in myself)