The problem with pursuing spirituality is that more often than not, we end up with self-righteousness.
True spirituality is allowing yourself to be blessed without blasting everyone else.
There was a spot of time over a decade ago when I was in need of a little extra money. My son was running sound and lights at a local bar for the in-house band, and he needed a night or two off each week.
I volunteered, thinking that it was a great training ground for me to apply my philosophical principles and to “let my light so shine” before men–and women–that they would see something different in me.
What I discovered was that I was not nearly as adept at anything as I perceived myself to be.
- I was not good at staying up late.
- I was not excellent at walking around enough in the bar to mingle, to find out how the sound was being distributed.
- I was not able to avoid the temptation of the greasy snacks offered to me free of charge
- I was not nearly as good at running sound and lights as my son, making him deal with an avalanche of complaints
- And worst of all, I was completely swallowed up by an atmosphere that was unimpressed with my simplicity.
A bar is a bar because it’s a bar.
It is a place where people come to drink, carouse, laugh uncontrollably, and if they drink too much, start fighting.
It is not an atmosphere for renewal, questioning, or revival.
There is very little chance that you will change anyone’s mind from what they have come to accomplish.
So I found myself dwarfed by my surroundings, inept for my task, and eventually departed from the occupation.
I licked my wounds and learned.
Although you can take a camera, shoot a movie, and portray a bar as a festive social gathering, when you are there, it is a refugee camp for those who require interaction with human beings and are willing to tolerate the smell of alcohol and lingering vomit … in the company of overly aggressive patrons.
Thank you for enjoying Words from Dic(tionary) — J.R. Practix
Mr. Kringle’s Tales … 26 Stories ‘Til Christmas
“The best Christmas stories I’ve ever read!”
From the toy shop to the manger, an advent calendar of Christmas stories, beginning on November 30th and ending on Christmas morning.
We need a good Christmas this year.
Mr. Kringle’s Tales will help you make it so.