“Help Somebody Out,” was the spiritual directive given this past Sunday on the local PBS jazz radio station. It’s a good principle for daily practice.
A Hammered Lesson. “First we have to pay for it. Then you can open it,” said the woman loudly to a little boy. They were behind me in the grocery store check-out line. The boy didn’t say anything, but the woman repeated, “First we have to pay for it. Then you can open it.” On the third repetition I started counting. “Uh-huh first we have to pay for it. Then you can open it.” By the time I paid for my small order, she had repeated the sentences six times. Is the child hard of hearing? Hard of understanding? Is the woman a robot stuck on one idea? Is she insane? AAGH! I’d rather the tune “My Sweetheart’s the Man in the Moon” go through my head for fifteen minutes than have these sentences repeating for three minutes.
The Realtor. He is young, self-assured, positive, knowledgeable, and energetic. He knows and likes people and enjoys getting to know them. He does not shy from conflict; he faces it immediately and head-on. He admits error and makes quick amends. “Service Beyond the Sale” is his motto and he lives up to it. When we were out looking at property, he stopped by a client’s workplace to give her confidence to do the work necessary for loan preparation and offered any help he could. He asks clients pertinent information about what they are looking for and what their financial situation is. He is quick to offer suggestions, ,and he renders advice as asked for and needed. His sense of humor is a charm in his looking at situations and possibilities. When you want a good realtor, contact me, and I’ll recommend him to you.
Appropriate Images. A multi-colored but serene sky, a not-too-distant, not-too-tall mountain range, a small lake surrounded by trees, those on part of the the shoreline spelling out a message I’ve not yet discerned, a grassy meadow leading to the lake, these are the images in a piece of original art sent to me from a friend in Denver as a house warming gift.
Notes on Reading. Nonfiction. Charles Reich, The Sorcerer of Bolinas Reef. (Bantam, 1977)
This candid memoir is memorable in numerous ways. There are interesting accounts of Reich’s being a clerk for Justice Hugo Black, being a member of a Washington, DC, law firm in the 1950’s, dating and reflections about single life in DC at that time, being a member of the law faculty of Yale in the 1960s, having a sojourn in Berkeley during the summer of 1967, and being a celebrity because of the publication of The Greening of America. Throughout the memoir is the interior struggle of achieving oneness with self and various activities and with society as a whole. The struggle to come to terms with his sexuality is almost overwhelming in detail, and if it does not offend, it evokes the sympathy of the reader. The book is well-written, reflective, and involving.
Two Quotations from Reich’s The Sorcerer of Bolinas Reef.
“Start doing what you want to do. Stop doing what you don’t want to do.”
“… freedom really consists of actually being free. You do the unexpected, you change your routine, you sweep yourself and other people into adventure, you act on impulse, you move fast, you change your pace quickly, and you are open to whatever event follows.”