Townie Tidbits


Sometimes we just need to take a break from this reality of ours and try to view the big picture of our life. Many of us take each day as it comes, but sometimes you need some vision for the long haul. The older we get, the more reflective we are on the meaning of this existence of ours. Who put us here and why?

There’s an old tune by Peggy Lee from 1969 that goes: “Is that all there is? Is that all there is my friend? Then let’s keep on dancing.”  

Easter for me brings me back to my roots growing up in Boston during the 1950s and ‘60s. Easter Mass embodies the resurrection, and new hope and life. We get a chance to be reborn into who we are and what is really important in our lives.

No politics this week. Just some quiet time to notice our lives and those we share it with. We can’t undo the past, but only learn from it. Most of us seem so pedestrian in our faith. We never go to church that often or pray enough. We often forget the lessons we learned as children from our parents who learned them from their parents. So on and so forth.

We need quiet time to figure out where we go from this Easter. We need to understand that anger only fuels more anger. Take the time to see how much we have in common with each other. Put away the hate we store within us.

The other day, I saw a rainbow in the sky over Wollaston Beach in Quincy. It was a beautiful sight to behold. The rainbow came in many colors, showing our commonality with one another. We are all in the end different in the very same way.

Next week we can get back to yelling at each other over petty, meaningless stuff that seems so important in the moment but is all nothing in the long run. Summer is approaching, the beach isn’t that far away. Bring your radio, look at the surf – get your sun, but not too much.

Think about Easter when you can, and remember: our lives are too important to waste away, so we must appreciate what we’ve been given, and the cost by which it came to us.

Appreciate and believe what you cannot see to really see what we have in common with each other.

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