At thanksgiving dinner, I was informed by my hostess that she had seated me next to her husband’s father (his name is Jeff) because he was conservative. I could not have asked for a more engaging dinner companion. He had some great insights into the present political circumstance that I hadn’t ever really considered before, and he had the benefit of experience which gave him some perspective that I just don’t have.
As I listened to him, I was blown away, again, at how marvelous people really are. How rich and deep and interesting and dynamic. I sometimes get into the bad habit of being content with my own life, my body of knowledge, my friends. Then somebody like this gentleman comes in and shakes everything up. We didn’t disagree so it wasn’t a transformation, I didn’t suddenly come to understand and agree with some obscure point. Instead, since we did agree, he gave me a new perspective which solidified what I already knew.
Maybe I’m not explaining myself very well. I guess I was just very pleased to meet him (and many others). I just hope that I am as interesting when I’m his age.
So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for Jeff, for my friends, my blog friends, my health (hahahaha!), my family, all the good things that have come to me over the year – and the difficult lessons which made me so much smarter and stronger. It’s been a mixed year, but I think 2009 will be better. I am happy that I have a new friend like Jeff and my old friends like C and Jon with whom I can march into the future.