In late September when the leaves are falling, the sky is blue and you’re still in your summer wear wandering about Charlestown is a dream come true.
If you’re up by the Monument or near to the Mystic River or looking out on the water from your apartment or condo in the Navy Yard, life looks and feels awfully good when the coming chill of fall hasn’t yet permeated our spirit.
When you’re seated under the sun on the benches in the shopping center talking with friends, having a cigarette or sipping from a coffee or frappe during the late morning or early afternoon, somehow everything seems right about life.
In this topsy turvy world where so many things about the economy and politics appear to be going so wrong, it is the truly simple things like warmer weather and falling leaves that helps the mind to wander.
The politics of the fall of 2011 are taking down the nation.
It is politics over common sense, party and dogma over doing the right thing. There appears to be no end to it.
The folks in Washington like to point out that this is how it can be in a democracy. That the endless and frustrating debate over party and dogma is as good a condition as throwing out politics and sticking to policy and finding solutions absent of politics.
Well, it isn’t the case.
We have some real time problems with the economy that need sorting out in a big way. That need transcends dogma and politics but you’d never know it listening to our leaders squandering away what remains of the national wealth.
Neither party knows the way. Even the economists don’t know the way.
Leadership in a time of need appears hopelessly lost in a miasma of nothingness.
To take a line from Ecclesiastes – even a wise man doesn’t know the way.
Enjoy the privacy of your own thoughts on a stroll down Bunker Hill Street to pick up a newspaper or into Store 24 for a candy bar or a bottle of water.
Take a walk up Monument Street to the memorial and look at the leaves turning color and great architecture along the way.
Dream big things and small. Delight in the warmth of the early fall.
Live today and live fully or as it is written beautifully in Corinthians 15:32: Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we (may) die.