** Thank you for your good comments on the Sunday Letter for the Holiday Season. Concerns were shared for younger children facing the US and international violence/war and then the marketing messages of Happy Thanksgiving & Holidays. The same is true for elders wondering is the world they knew is still safe. Maintain your seasonal emotional, economic, and spiritual balance….and continue in your best ways.
- The City of Ft Worth has new signs being placed at neighborhood intersections. “It is ok to say no to panhandlers.” Brave of the City to do so. I am not hearing any objections.
** Stephen Jenkinson writes of the decline in the use of listening. Too slow, old technology in today’s faster, speed only world. He describes the loss of the sound of someone’s voice and tone, whether the message is urgent, sad, or perhaps celebrative. Thus, one more way we flatten the uniqueness of us.
- I am paying attention to the ongoing reporting of Blue Zones and the nine sectors of social, exercise, the right tribe, and especially for me Belonging. I am now attempting to interest men peers/friends from different states to join me in an online group with the purpose of reducing isolation, being our best partners and/or an active contributor to family, office, and society. If you are interested let me know.
** Relationship therapist Esther Perel said this in a recent interview: ” We can live without sex. We cannot live without touch.” In the same interview Perel asks the question, “Will AI Chatbots be the future of therapy?”
- I was on the west freeway at 8:45 am on Friday, Speed zone of 60 MPH. Drivers passed me at 80 to 90, weaving in and out of lanes, I thought of the challenge my friend David, as an experienced bike rider, brought back from Japan. “How slow can you go? Well, on this Friday morning 60 was too slow!
** As a Writer, I agree with this personal view by Dani Shapiro. “We writers spend our days making something out of nothing. “Writing is an act of faith.” This is true for most vocations. Painters move a vision to canvas. Accountants when the accounts balances. Educators when a student achieves, over-coming personal and learning challenges. We are all called to be Believers, in the possible, in what may be.
Roy, going slow