In “Walden and Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau said, “The mass of men (sic) lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country…”
George (Richard Gere) is homeless on the streets of the Big Apple. He’s already living in his own desperate city, both physically and mentally. Whether he will move permanently to his desperate country remains to be seen. Selling his coat for a few beers, sleeping in a prison-like shelter, dozing on benches, daring to visit his estranged daughter – these are the bleak patterns of his day.
His story, told in the movie “Time Out of Mind,” could touch the core of your humanness. IF you dare to watch it.
Why do I use the word dare? It’s simple.
There is nothing Hollywood about this film. No special effects. No dramatic plot line. No titillating sex scenes…
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helping another to be their best speaks volumes. I have a lingering thought…
His anger came from somewhere. Kids hold a great deal inside … compassion and trust may help him understand where it comes from and perhaps an outlet to open up. I certainly wish more people understood the big picture as you so clearly do. Best wishes ~
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It wasn’t too serious. Serious enough though that it was brought to my attention. And I’m certain that it happens everyday on our playground. And I’m certain that it happens everyday on playgrounds everywhere.
But for some reason. On this particular day, it upset me more than usual. I am not really certain why. It just did.
When children play, it is not always perfect and it is not always pretty. Sometimes they do things they shouldn’t. I get it. They are still learning to handle their emotions and their feelings.
Yet, for some reason I was more upset than usual. When I questioned the young man about the event, he was very honest. I asked the young girl to tell me what had happened. She told me that she simply tapped the boy on the shoulder because the teacher needed to speak with him…
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…beautiful and timely message. We cannot change the world, we can however make responsible choices. The change starts within.
Every year brings the customary question, especially from my wife: “What do you want for Christmas?”
My answer gets clearer every holiday season. I want LESS!
My wife nods with a knowing smile, her unspoken response being, “Sure, I’ve heard that one before. But if you don’t get anything, you’ll probably feel unappreciated.”
No I won’t, honey. I want LESS!
Years ago I wrote a booklet called “Have an Authentic Christmas,” my humble attempt to put the Nativity story in its rightful perspective. I asked us to read this ancient tale as a call to humility and universal love, an alternative to the corrosive influences of wealth and worldly power.
I quoted a man named Michael Jessen; his words remain prophetic.
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