Tim's aunt said something that resonated with me; “Your friends, not family, are the people who will look out for you.” I interpreted this to mean that his aunt's Florida neighbors had an understood pact they would keep an eye for each other. Now living in this kind of community, I understand what she was talking about.
If you could embody the qualities of someone you respect and admire, what would they be? Maybe it’s the Dalai Lama’s peaceful presence, sense of humor, and that he doesn’t pretend to know everything. Answering would be easier if we could cherry-pick from several people, mother’s work habits, Betty’s kindness, and Aunt Molly’s unique wardrobe.
You get married for better or worse. At twenty-five, that's an easy commitment to make. Signing the paperwork without reading the fine print is normal. You are more concerned about your gown's Chantilly lace than legal matters. Thirty or more years later, the mistake of not reading the conditions outlined in your marriage contract is sitting on the couch watching television from morning to night.
Reading about defenders of justice and freedom inspires us. Humanity's inherent sense of fairness is embedded in us and passed on to the young. The exceptions are people born or forced into horrid conditions where survival is the only goal. But even then, a few rise to the challenge. Looking at myself from an outside the forest perspective, I admit that my boldness could use a shot of B12.
The coronavirus is connected to the extinction of species and human contribution to climate change. This emergency is the result of an economic system of limitless growth where GNP is king. Our “business as usual” systematically ignores planetary boundaries, the ecosystem, and species integrity.