Saturday salutations everyone! I hope your week was filled with wins, great and small.
I was thinking that many times a win for me is just being able to open my eyes in the morning and know that I’m not staring up at satin or dirt, you know what I mean? Laying there in the early darkness, hearing the breeze nestling itself among the chimes outside my bedroom windows and watching the sun peek a growing glance over the gate to my yard. Sensing that this is going to be a good day, a new start, another chance to leave behind any of the silliness of the day before. Anger, hurt, jealousy, dissatisfaction, petulance, sadness, weariness – all gone.
Yep, that win is just knowing I’ve got another day to smile more, care more, love more, share more, and being grateful that I realize I’m here to do it all and do it better than the day before.
And as I roll slowly out of bed, my smile turns into a grin as I hear the soft padding steps come up the hallway to the bedroom and, “Good morning, Sweetheart,” as the Lady of my Life enters the room with a smile of her own. Yep, some life wins are simple and sweet…and right in front of us.
Of course where there are wins, there are also losses and this week I think our nation suffered a big shock and loss when
Attorney General Eric Holder announced he would be resigning from the Obama administration in December. I believe having this man run Justice as long as he did (six years) was a big win for the country in the first place.
Mr. Holder was the first African-American attorney general of the U.S. He set the justice department back on an even keel, especially when it came to civil rights issues for everyone, especially Gay and African-Americans. He held his ground in the face of a recalcitrant, and often nasty, partisan Congress. He pushed back when many states (a few successfully) tried to roll back voting rights laws to the pre-1960s era. From reforming criminal sentencing to defending the legal rights of those in the LGBT community to forcing voting rights onto the national agenda, Mr. Holder can legitimately claim to be the most activist attorney general since Edwin Meese spearheaded Ronald Reagan’s legal revolution in the 1980s. I think Mr. Holder lives by the principle of the following proverb:
Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength. — Hasidic Proverb
I do foresee at least a couple of wins for Mr. Holder as a result of his resignation. He will be able to spend more time with his family and have a diminishing interaction with that headache up the street known as the House of Representatives. Good luck Mr. H!
By the way, if you want to read a real good news story and an unexpected life win, check out this post from our fellow student at feelinthegoods: CELEBRITY SPOTLIGHT – HERE WE GO AGAIN!
Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Blessings and see you next week!
— Bill M