Every spring, Tim struggles to adjust to the new time. Losing an hour is a big deal, and he wants to make sure I share in his misery. At book club, days after the Senate voted to go on daylight saving time, women in the group shared their difficulty adjusting to losing an hour. But a few people's experiences don't make it so.
My grandchildren live in consumer and tech societies on different continents and in four different U.S. states. Grandkids (blood and adoptive) don't look to me for calories. So, what is my task, if any, as their Amma (grandmother)?
We may disagree on many things, but I want to believe we would agree on two points. First,Applebee is many things, but fancy is not one of them. Second, virtues serve the greatest good.
When I read that Senator Manchin was backing out of the Build Back Better bill, my anger shot up faster than a rocket blasts into space. Tim reminds me that progress advances in fits and spurts. That in time, Americans will come together and invest in our children. Here is the thing, I don't want to be patient.
I want to think others do not influence me, but I know better. Jesus may have resisted the influence of others, but most mortals kowtow to the will of the masses. Jim Rohn, the author of The Art of Exceptional Living, declared that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This idea, referred to as the “proximity effect,” deserves our attention. After all, we want to be with people who uplift and inspire us.