An Old Story to Close Out the Old Year
I’m gonna paraphrase this one, ’cause I like to give folks (even the bad guys) some wiggle room should they choose to accept it.
One time a young fellow told me (in so many words) “I don’t like it that you have seen some success. I don’t think it’s fair. I want you know I’m better looking than you, more talented, and younger and stronger. If I wanted to I could knock your teeth out of you and there wouldn’t be a thing you could do about it.”
I replied, again paraphrased, “Well friend, all that is true. I have no doubt you could kick my a^^. But I’ve got an awful lot of friends. If you knock my teeth outta me, all that’s gonna happen is you’re gonna be down in the jail with the rapists, and I’m gonna get some new teeth, ’cause I’m old and I’ve got good insurance. And if I was to be mad at everyone who’d been more successful than me, why I’d never get through counting the number of new enemies I’d have, ’cause it’d be a big bunch of people.”
I don’t understand testosterone poising, and never have, even when I was young.
One time a very powerful man, one I have all respect for, told me he was scared of me.
I replied, “Scared of me? Man, that’s crazy, I’m scared of you. Why in the world are you scared of me?”
He said, “I’m always scared of the honest nice guys, ’cause their river runs deep.”
I still consider it one of the greatest compliments I ever got.
I’m still scared of him, though, or at least respect him deeply, ’cause his river runs deep too.
Here’s to a fine upcoming New Year for all of you. If you’ve ever read one word of my thoughts, I do appreciate it, because through art and our friends of like mind, my wife and I found a life of grace and dignity. That was worth every long hour of struggle, ’cause in this modern world grace and dignity can be hard to come by, and we cherish every minute of it we can steal away.
Oh by the way, I still have the teeth God gave me, and I lost track of that young man. I don’t know where he got off to.
God bless every one of you.
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