The Good Global Warming

The world is – too often – emotionally cool.  There’s a big tendency for us to isolate ourselves.  Sometimes we connect. Other times we don’t. That’s just life, we say. But, even the briefest social interlude can warm someone’s spirits, when they are feeling down, or at their wit’s end.  Just the slightest bit of encouragement could make just the right amount of difference to someone’s day, week, whatever.  So, keep those little things going.  The positives, the nicities, the civilities.  Wave to, or greet, your neighbor.  (Not just during the holidays.)  Hold the door for the next guy or gal.  Let someone, with one or two items, go ahead of you at the checkout line.  Let one or two cars merge into traffic, when you don’t have to. (Is losing that three seconds really going to make much of a difference to wherever you’re going?)  And, of course, share your beautiful smile with everyone.  Nothing is more infectious.  All of our encounters – big and small – help to enrich our lives. We wouldn’t be who we are . . . without each other. YUR

2 Responses to “The Good Global Warming”

  1. 1 JoAnn Wendl December 18, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Well said, uncle.

    The one thing for certain that we all have in common, is our humanity. to seek and find a common ground is where satisfaction begins, and loneliness ends, no matter how inconsequential it may seem to be from time to time.

    There are times that my social life gets such a boost at the grocery store talking to strangers, swapping recipes over the vegetable section, and warm greetings from those who work there, who have, over the years, become pleasant acquaintances.

    It almost obliterates the urge to kill that I sometimes feel behind the steering wheel of my car, when someone tailgates me relentlessly until I move over and let them pass. As I move back into the left lane, I watch him speed up (an estimated 80 miles an hour in a 55 zone) to the next car where he repeats the same behavior, and I find myself fervently wishing that a squad car would emerge from the bushes and take this guy down.

    No, uncle, your message is not a pollyanna type message…it is a “How to survive in todays overcrowded and indifferent world ” kind of message. Please and thank you…We must take what we can get, mine it like gold, and then spend it generously on those who are still able to respond.

    A couple of months ago, I was attending a healthcare vigil, sitting in my lawn chair as is my fashion as the sun was setting in the west, when a man, a philosopher, from another vigil I participated in suddenly appeared at my side and took my hand in his. “Your wife is over there” I said pointing in her direction. ” I know”, he said, and he continued to hold my hand. and we remained so for a time.

    I was puzzled by that occurrence, and often thought of it. And now recognize his gesture as an act of kindness and affection, but mostly as evidence that he had listened to what was spoken and unspoken in me and understood me, understood my isolation, and wanted to comfort me, a generosity that moves me to tears.

    Connection leads to understanding, and understanding is everything.


  2. 2 unclerave December 18, 2009 at 10:14 am

    You’re welcome, JoAnn. Thanks for sharing, and I’m glad this moved you to comment.

    In order to avoid that “urge to kill” you might do well to remember the basic rule of the road, which is to *stay right except to pass*. This facilitates the flow of traffic, and provides for the most safety.


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