Daily Archives: June 1, 2013

Two Worlds

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

I know I don’t usually post twice in a day; I have enough trouble thinking of things to post on a semi-daily basis. However this week was challenging for several family medical reasons – fortunately everyone’s fine but it was distracting.

As I get older, I feel somewhat less connected to this world. It’s nothing bad like thinking I’m dying. It’s more like having the best of two worlds.

For example – tonight I cooked outside; one of my mental distractions. I cook for people I love, and I enjoy the process. We had corn, artichokes, a little eggplant and yellow squash followed by pork chops. It all turned out well. The kids (briefly) helped clean up then disappeared.

I found myself scrubbing frying pans in the sink, whistling “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen and finding nothing incongruous to it.

That’s the benefit of growing older.

(Baby we were born to scrub?)

People See What They Want to See

We’ve all read about the JC Penney teapot that “looks like Hitler.”

I guess it’s no more of a stretch of the imagination than seeing the constellations of stars as people and creatures.

Then there are the people who see Jesus in a potato chip or Mary, His mother, on a piece of toast.

The ancients believed that their gods and legends were real, so they naturally expected to see evidence of them in the sky.

On the other hand, I suspect that no self-respecting (or even non self-respecting) neo-Nazi group would subliminally communicate via a teapot – especially from a main stream retailer.

Some people see the failings and shortfalls of others, and the differences that divide us. Others see potential and opportunity and how we share a common future.

Jesus saw the potential among the fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes and lepers. Others saw their low social status, their failings and their sinfulness.

What do you see?