Jonathon and I went to our local watering hole…’where everybody knows your name,’ and I had my usual…Dragon’s Milk.
We missed the third musketeer, Aaron, and the fourth, Mary Jane, but we carried on…the best that we could.
The bartender knows us so well that she begins pouring up my beverage of choice before I sit down.
I do not drink too much…two usually.
After that, a trip to Plaza Records is in order. They have the most wonderful used records that, often, are so clean that they do not appear to have ever been on a turntable.
Our friend, Chris, works there. His friendly demeanor causes us to want too purchase Vinyl.
Today, I obtained a Nina Simone album and a boxed set of jazz artists from the Smithsonian.
I often think of the father, in one of my favorite Christmas movies, A Christmas Tale, and his love for jazz music on vinyl. The movie is French and I identify with the old jazz aficionado.
And…Chris even gave us a discount.
As the old commercial stated, as a Russian actor exclaimed…’What a Country!’
I, often, reflect on the miracle of life that is before our eyes and ears and senses each day of our existence.
We walked campus earlier and took note of the Red Bud trees that are blooming. I am sitting at my desk and looking out my loft window and watching a Great Blue Heron search for fish in our pond.
Our planet is so magnificent that if your were summarily dropped, or deposited, on to our Earth from another world…you would be breathless with awe and delight and wonder at the unique beauty that you were surrounded by.
‘Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.’ Zig Ziglar
I believe that a key to happiness is to help others in need.
The more that we can get out of ourselves and focus on our fellow human travelers…the increase in our contentment.
My friend, Jeff L., is a great example of helping others who are less fortunate than he.
Jeff grew up homeless on the streets of Chicago. Not long after he became a christian he began putting the golden rule into practice. When we visited he and Margo, in the United Kingdom, I noticed how he was constantly reaching out to whoever that he met and offering them, potential, opportunity in the company that he is the CEO of. The looks of wonder and delight and the, palpable, intrigue emanating from the people that Jeff was speaking with was something to behold.
My friend, Elizabeth, is, daily, trying to find new ways to assist and help her colleagues at Southern Illinois University.
‘But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and so the evil.’
‘Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.’
‘Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.’
‘Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.’ Luke 6: 35-38 KJV