I recently finished an online course on Radical Hope in Hard Times. In the wrap-up blog, our instructor, Jane, included a photo of someone carrying a sign that said “another world is possible.” That made me think of Tennyson. Whatever the result of the presidential election, we must maintain our radical hope.
Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
— Tennyson, “Ulysses”
A song from my high school Methodist Youth Fellowship days…
Thinking of Buddhism and Pema Chödrön, my blog post brought to mind an Audible program I listened to some years back by the Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. It was not an audio book, but a recording of a series of lectures.
Jack asked his audience, “How many of you have ever made a fool of yourselves on account of sex?” He then quickly added, “Don’t raise your hands!”
Right. I suspect that most of us have, once or twice anyway, in our younger days.
So accurate. Thank you, Peggy!
What is it like to realize we can never completely and finally get it all together? What a predicament! We seem doomed to suffer simply because we have a deep-seated fear of how things really are. Our attempts to find lasting pleasure, lasting security, are at odds with the fact that we’re part of a dynamic system in which everything and everyone is in process.
We have one of those cordless phone sets where there is a base and then multiple cordless units. We’ve had it for a very long time. The one in the bedroom hasn’t been holding a charge for a while now. I kept mulling over whether it was time to replace the whole set or at least get a new cordless unit. Finally after a call was disconnected after about fifteen seconds I went online to see what I could find. No replacement handsets, but eBay listed a sponsored ad for replacement batteries.
Replace just the battery? Wow! What a concept. Duh.
Radio Shack. Done.
I wrote a while back about the closing of our local Thai restaurant. We’ve now lost two more local lunch spots.
Our Fresh Choice closed a couple of weeks ago. The signs in the window said it was only temporary and due to needed repairs, but an article in the local paper quoted a company spokesperson as saying it was related to a bankruptcy filing and was permanent. Indeed, in checking the Fresh Choice Web site, no location for Gilroy is to be found. If you’re not familiar with it, Fresh Choice is a salad bar restaurant that also offers soup, pasta, baked potato, pizza slices, and such, along with dessert. It made for a good, healthy lunch.
The other place that has disappeared is Juicy Burger. Now admittedly, that was not on the top of our list of lunch choices. And business was slow enough that they cut corners in places. After being closed for a while, they reopened as Super Juicy Burger and added a lot of menu items, like a Philly sandwich, for example. But they didn’t serve the Philly on a proper sourdough roll. Once I got it on a hot dog bun and once on a hamburger bun. Please! But for a plain old hamburger they were not bad at all. It was quality meat cooked to order with all the veggies and condiments out to put on as you preferred. Not necessarily the most healthy and nutritious, perhaps, but a great alternative to McDonald’s or Burger King if you had a few minutes to wait for your order.
These closings are not a major catastrophe by any stretch of the imagination, but they do scale back our lunch time options.
sung by the Cambridge Singers