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This great story was passed on to me today.
The Most Unforgettable Cleaning Lady I've Ever Known
by Jack Carroll
Twenty years ago—in what seems now like a previous lifetime—I had a cleaning lady by the name of Carrie Ford. Carrie was one of the most inspiring people I've ever known. She taught me something that I have treasured all of my life that I am moved to share with you here today.
Carrie was the daughter of sharecroppers, born and raised in the great state of Mississippi during the bleak Depression years. She had experienced about as many deeply painful events in her life as anyone I have ever met, including the death of three of her children in Vietnam and assorted street wars in Gary, Indiana.
In spite of these wounds she remained unflaggingly positive, optimistic, and of good cheer. A person who made you feel good because she obviously felt good, herself. I needed to know her secret so one day I asked her over lunch why she was so happy.
"My minister taught me and it's true," she said. "You must be happy with what you have. 'Cause you'll never have anything, except what you have."
The wisdom of her words deepens every year of my life. Every time I see or hear of another "successful" technology entrepreneur or six-figure-a-year salesperson complaining about their circumstances or the difficulties in their lives, a big piece of me remembers Carrie Ford. And the ear-to-ear smile that broke out on her face as she shared her simple wisdom with me, and then hummed a sweet song for the rest of the afternoon as she went about her work.
I thought you might like to know about Carrie as you go about your work this month.
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I was so happy the Capitol's 'Holiday Tree' was recently changed back to the 'Capitol Christmas Tree.' That's what it is.
If someone doesn't celbrate a specific holiday, they shouldn't make comments. Have respect for those that do and move on.
I celebrate Christmas. So, I'm going to make some comments. It's not 'X-mas.' This term is blatantly offensive and should be banned from use. Christmas is a religious holiday, whether people want to accept it or not. It’s truly based on religion, but has been overshadowed with commercialism the past couple centuries. Even people that don’t regularly go to mass or church services show up for Christmas Eve services. I always find this very interesting. Churches are always jam packed. As much as people want to resist what Christmas is about, many still recognize the truth when it comes down to it.
A lot of people don't know that Christmas and the legend of Santa Claus (aka St. Nick) started from the efforts of Saint Nicholas of Myra, a 4th century Christian bishop.
Should Hanukkah be changed to another name? Should we all celebrate Hanukkah? Should anyone tell the Jewish popluation how to celebrate their holiday? Of course not. It would be very wrong and offensive.
There are two sides to 'all-inclusive.' A respect for all holidays is a must. But, trying to change the meaning and ideals behind any holiday to be an all-inclusive celebration just sets a course for disaster and ignorance. However, we can be all-inclusive in our wishes and respect to those celebrating a specific holiday.
So, Happy Holidays! Celebrate your specific holiday with sincerity and meaning.
Dec 8, 2005
Dec 7, 2005
However bleak I believe the winter is, there is a lot of beauty to the season. It's a good inspiration for new music compositions. I think it's about time I do a winter/holiday album. Perhaps for the 2006 holiday season.