Have you ever noticed that when we talk about the writing on the wall we always assume the worst? What if writing on the wall was a good thing?
For that possibility alone I would love what this bookstore in Florida did. But that they did it with the words of a dear friend makes it all the more wonderful.
Not all Nuggets are created equal. Today’s Nugget probably should have been #1 because I really do think it is the most wonderful, the most valuable.
This nugget captures a spirit so elemental, so true and good, I can say nothing to improve upon it.
It all matters. That someone turns out the lamp, picks up the windblown wrapper, says hello to the invalid, pays at the unattended lot, listens to the repeated tale, folds the abandoned laundry, plays the game fairly, tells the story honestly, acknowledges help, gives credit, says good night, resists temptation, wipes the counter, waits at the yellow, makes the bed, tips the maid, remembers the illness, congratulates the victor, accepts the consequences, takes a stand, steps up, offers a hand, goes first, goes last, chooses the small portion, teaches the child, tends to the dying, comforts the grieving, removes the splinter, wipes the tear, directs the lost, touches the lonely, is the whole thing.
What is most beautiful, is least acknowledged.
What is worth dying for is barely noticed.
My inspiration? Laura McBride’s We Are Called to Rise, available at our local bookstore and online at Indiebound, Amazon, Barnes and Noble. And if you happen to be in the DC area April 28 at 7:00 p.m., come by the Arlington Public Library to hear Laura talk.