Bird Droppings December 26, 2011
A new day one filled with questions and perhaps answers
“No such thing as a man willing to be honest –that would be like a blind man willing to see.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
The other day before school let out for the holidays I was in the hall way as I do between periods and using a digital camera took random photos as people passed by. Some people were smiling, some frowning, some in a state of delirium, some were simply walking in the same direction others were and a few I am not sure of what they were doing other than breathing. But as I looked at the photos, when someone in the photo was interacting faces seemed to change. When the person was alone the face would be different. Several people as I began to notice were alone and moved as if no one else was in the mass of humanity moving through the hall. Several times I would intercede and question “Are you okay” and usually a response would be “it is not a good day or I should have stayed home”. As I thought that the past few days and especially yesterday and this morning why is it we allow ourselves to be such actors?
“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” Henry David Thoreau
So often we are someone different to each aspect of our lives, to our friend’s one person, to our family another, to teacher’s workers and associates even another each often a different persona.Hawthornestates bewilderment as to what is the true you. Maybe this is why so many youth, teenagers, and even adults get lost in the play of life, they get lost in the numerous lives, they lose sight of whom they really are and where they are at this point in reality.
“Presence is more than just being there.” Malcolm S. Forbes
“Multitudes of people, drifting aimlessly to and fro without a set purpose, deny themselves such fulfillment of their capacities, and the satisfying happiness which attends it. They are not wicked, they are only shallow. They are not mean or vicious; they simply are empty — shake them and they would rattle like gourds. They lack range, depth, and conviction. Without purpose their lives ultimately wander into the morass of dissatisfaction. As we harness our abilities to a steady purpose and undertake the long pull toward its accomplishment, rich compensations reward us. A sense of purpose simplifies life and therefore concentrates our abilities; and concentration adds power.” Kenneth Hildebrand
Perhaps Hildebrand’s idea of comparing people to gourds is right as I look at the aimless wanderings in the hallways, at youth whose only direction is moving to their next class and avoiding Mr. Bird noticing they are not happy, as the hollow gourds that rattle. The big question is how can that be changed? A first item is for more people to notice, to stop being self-centered and see the other people, then maybe we can change some of this and empty hollow shells can be refilled. It is the time of year to try and make a difference. Please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your hearts and always give thanks.