Monday, January 16, 2006

They took your life, they could not take your PRIDE

If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., from The Drum Major Instinct speech

Today is the day that we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man who, as my brother says, changed our nation. His work and his spirit hopefully continue to do so today. Let us carry on his work, let us dream his dream. Let us not think of this day as a day off, but a day on.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

If it ain't broke...

This cartoon, by the brilliant Calvin Grondahl, was in the Standard Examiner yesterday and it inspired me to blog. If you haven't heard about the controversy happening here (if you live in Utah like I do, you must live in a hole so please dig yourself out and read a newspaper), just google Brokeback Mountain, Larry Miller, you'll get up to speed. Anyway, after laughing my ... head off, I started to really think.

If you don't want to read, here's the gist. Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz, several car dealerships and a movie theatre called Megaplex 17 at Jordan Commons, contracted to show Brokeback Mountain at his Megaplex. Actually, his managers did that. Frankly I don't think he keeps too close an eye on what shows at his theatre, seeing as there are currently two movies with "homosexual themes" and one that sounds horrifying, called Hostel. Well, at the last minute, after advertising that they were showing Brokeback Mountain, Larry pulled it. Apparently he heard that it was a "homosexual themed movie," and that was enough. Needless to say, there is now uproar on both sides of the spectrum.

The whole thing just makes me sad. Sometimes I find myself living a very naive existence. In my world (yes, it's a world inside my head), you love someone for who they are, not who they love. You love them for the simple fact that they are your "fellow man." Or if you are a Mormon like me, it's like the Primary song says "Jesus said love everyone. Treat them kindly too. If your heart is filled with love, others will love you." It's something I truly believe. I was taught to live my life with a heart full of love (Sorry, Les Mis moment. Robert, if you are reading this that was for you.), I was taught to love with out regard for difference. I was just taught to love.

Unfortunately, that is not the world we live in. It breaks my heart that we live in a world full of hate and fear and bigotry. I think sometimes we forget the struggles of those who came before us, specifically the Mormons. My great-great-great-grandparents were forced from their homes, driven from state to state because of what they believed. They were ridiculed, they were terrorized, they were ordered to be exterminated, and they fled. They came to the Salt Lake Valley where they could live free from fear. Yet, here we sit passing judgment against people who are different from us, people who believe differently than we do.

Yes, I have seen Brokeback Mountain, and yes, I thought it was a beautiful film. But I'm not here to tell you to go see it. All I'm asking is, please, don't judge someone just because they are different from you. Don't fear what you don't understand. It's like I've said before, there is too much suffering in this world, we’ve got to carry each other.

Wow, this post turned in to something different than it started out as. But I won't apologize for it. Again, it may be a post I get grief for, but I welcome it. Post your comments, I'll love you for them whatever your opinion may be.

P.S. A word about the title of this post. There's a search for a new slogan for the State of Utah. A friend of a friend ... and so on, thinks it should be "Utah! If the mountain ain't broke, don't fix it." :-)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


I just got an email from a friend of mine who said "You'd better blog soon. I check so often that it's almost embarrassing." So here I am. I'm sorry for being absent for the month of December. The reason I didn't blog was because I didn't think I had anything to blog about, but then as I thought about it I thought, 'Isn't that what this blog is all about?' So here I am in a new month and a new year, still with nothing to blog about, but a resolve to blog more, even if it is about nothing.

Actually, as I look back over the last month, there are at least a couple of things that happened that are blog worthy the least of which was the U2 concert ... sigh. Christmas was very blog-worthy seeing as I had pneumonia (we think, I still haven't been to the doctor...I know, I know, but I just don't wanna). OK, so those were the only two blog worthy things that happened in December, but still they are pretty blog worthy.

Let’s talk about the U2 concert ... sigh. What can I say about the best 3 hours of 2005? They were just that, the best 3 hours of 2005. And that's pretty much all I can say about that. It was one of those "you just had to be there" things. Those of you who were there know what I mean.

Christmas on the other hand ... let's just say it was miserable. Don't get me wrong, the Christmas holiday was wonderful, my family was great, gifts were beyond great, but I was miserable. I'm telling you I was sick, sick, sick. The problem was that while my family and friends were having parties and having a great time, I was pretty miserable. I didn't even get out to see the lights. There were some great gifts though, (one of which deserves it's very own blog) and even though I couldn't taste, there was some great food.

So there is my December. I promise I'll post more soon!