I really enjoyed reading his columns, there was an energy and a life to them that reminded me of Jim Murray. I know of no better compliment than that.
acts of kindness, Pirkei Avot: “Choose yourself a mentor;
Acquire yourself a friend;
And make it your habit to judge every person favorably.
ï¿½Yehoshua ben Perachia”
The first two lines are sensible and easy to do, or one would hope. One can never have too many friends. It is always good to have people you can trust, who you can share your hopes/dreams/fears with.
Community is important, we are communal creatures.
A mentor is a good idea as well. Very few of us try activities in which no one else has ever engaged in. So it makes sense to try and find a trustworthy person who can share their experiences with you and hopefully assist you in avoiding some of the pitfalls that can hit you.
The final component is really tough. It is just hard not to judge people. We are consistently forced to evaluate people and it is not easy to just ignore your first impressions.
Pirkei Avos – Torah.org: “Only we can fulfill that most basic and fundamental commandment of all: Know thyself. ”
And that is the real challenge that we face through life, trying to understand who we are and what we stand for. This is something that evolves through time as we grow and evolve. At least you hope that you do not stagnate and that you do continue to grow.
We can find guides and recommendations on how we should live, but we cannot let others live our lives. They may share in it, but they can never truly feel our feelings or understand our thoughts. In some fashion we are always alone. But this is not a bad thing.
Spent a few minutes considering what the last year of my life has been like and came up with the following list. Since May of last year I have had/experienced the following:
The company I was working for split into two new companies.I was sent to work for the prince of darkness and his evil consort for 8 months after which they let me go. No surprise, it was expected. For that matter it was a race to see if I could find omething better before they let me go.My grandmother died and my grandfather moved into my parents home. My wife got pregnant with our second child. My other grandmother had a series of heart issues including a major heart attack and managed to survive, but the docs are questioning how long.My sister had her third child and my parents flew out to meet the newest grandchild. While they were out there my father had a heart attack and some other major health issues. We were told that there was a very strong chance that he wouldn’t make it, but he proved them wrong and two months later is healing, albeit 3k miles away from here.My sister had an emergency operation in which her gall bladder was removed, but is doing ok.
The lack of spacing is intentional because that is what this past year has been like, sort of. It really isn’t close to what it has felt like, but I wouldn’t expect anyone to be able to truly get it and that is ok with me. This is my burden and my task to bear.
I would have retired long before, at least I think that I would have. It is hard to believe that it is almost 3 full years since 911.
What can I say about that place except it is fortunate that they have a competent fire department. 🙂
Ok, I can tell you that it is superior to at least three other places, Buffalo, Detroit and Blythe, which could be called Blight. They haven’t any sense of decorum and are not in touch with reality. Most of the people I meet from cleveland are short and have inferiority complexes. Not sure why, they must have some normal people there.
On the other hand they probably have all fled the city.
Funny, I keep receiving these silly comments from angry clevelangelenos about their fair city. So, I’ll agree on the scale of evaluation it is fair. Not great, not good, not poor, but fair.