Recently I had a dream, that in retrospect, seems almost too scripted to be genuine. But I had it nonetheless.
I was in my AP English Classroom from my senior year of high school. My old teacher, Mr. Wymbs, a very Dead Poet’s Society type, was in the center of the class. I was sitting cross legged on the floor with many of my previous classmates and people I knew in high school. We were in a duck-duck-goose-like circle around Mr. Wymbs and he was asking something of us. He asked each person to get up in the center of the circle and say three things they had learned about life since being in his class. I remember my brain started reeling, I think I had to have them skip my turns a couple of times. And then, suddenly, with total and complete clarity I knew the three things that I wanted to share.
Had this dream been a reality I would have said the exact same things. I felt compelled on this Friday morning to share them with you. Though if you know me, I’m sure you’ve heard them before. Two quotes and a trite idiom. But really what more would you expect?
1. It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.
2. “Some look at things that are and ask, ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were and ask, ‘Why not?'” George Bernard Shaw
3. “There are places in the heart that do not yet exist, suffering has to enter in so that they may come to be.” Leon Bloy
I hope that the culmination of my life experience can in someway enrich your weekend.
I love you, I mean it.
(No I’m not listening to Elliott Smith and feeling moody…)