Not only is today the first day of the rest of your life, but this very moment is the first moment of the rest of your day.
We often tell ourselves that we'll do better tomorrow, when in fact we can begin to affect great change right now.
I've recently become familiar with a Japanese phrase that's popular in Nichiren Buddhism. The phrase is "HON-NIN MYO" and loosely translates to mean "From this moment forth."
I could include the Chinese/Japanese characters here but have no clue how to do so and my IT team is still sleeping.
But, I think it is important for me to realize the power of the moment. Getting older makes this all the more imperative for me. I've come to realize that we don't have the many tomorrow to at our disposal for procrastination.
Jerry Seinfeld recently made some comments about the fact that Political Correctness is taking its toll on comedy. He pointed out that many comedians are hesitant to perform on college campuses due to the sensitivity of the crowd. His own daughters accuse him of being "sexist" if he mentions that they may want to appear attractive to boys.
Look, I'm not all that familiar with Seinfeld's comedy. Some of you tell me he's a "whiner" which is in fact a comedic "style" in its own right. Just as there are comics that thrive on insult, vulgarity, irony, and politics.
The issue is that we've become so sensitive about everything that we no longer feel free to laugh. We bitch about Christians finding the fly in the ointment, but we're all culpable of seeking out the flaw in the most innocent of jokes. We're so hell bent on embracing diversity that we dare not even acknowledge that we're actually diverse. To do so may be misconstrued as racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist. No, we must pretend that we're just a homogenous glob of polyglot and crush any opportunity to laugh about simple being human.
This is a bit of a departure from the type of content I generally tend to feature on my blog. I wrote this little piece for a Facebook group that I belong to that is comprised of folks from my hometown and more specifically, the neighborhood where I grew up.
I've been compiling some little stories in hopes of compiling them into a collection of memoirs and hopefully publishing it at some point.
There is nothing profound or eloquent here, just a little meandering of the mind regarding a kid from Croton Avenue that grew up in New Castle, PA.