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“Insights” by Rev. Marjorie

Don’t Worry, Be Happy…

As a child the end of the summer was a solemn affair. Summer was filled with days that were all fun and games and seemed to stretch out forever. Life was magical and beautifully uncomplicated back then… no cell phones, no social media, no violence or politics… only my bike, my rowboat and endless energy. I do not pretend that the 60’s and 70’s weren’t filled with strife but it all seemed so far away from a child’s perspective. I often wonder if that is what Jesus meant when he encouraged his followers to be more childlike, to have the curiosity, the innocence, the natural beauty and trust of a child. As an adult there is so much more that we do not trust, do not believe, are not willing to imagine for fear of disappointment, betrayal, or loss. How can we be more inquisitive, more accepting, more appreciative of what we have on hand in this moment?

Somewhere along the way “we” stumbled off the path, things became more important than our connection with one another, more complicated and in this we truly lost something, and our children and grandchildren lost something as well, the beauty held within simplicity. My mother always painted a picture for me of her uncomplicated childhood during the depression when the kids in her neighborhood would gather and play “kick the can.” The only thing one needed was energy, imagination and a used can. As I write these words I think of the Bobby McFerrin 1986 hit, “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” It would be naive to imagine that we are not facing a daunting reality on a global scale, but Mr. McFerrin’s words speak volumes. “Now listen to what I said, in your life expect some trouble. When you worry you make it double. But don’t worry, be happy, be happy now…”

As we gather together for homecoming Sunday, on September 10, bring your water and let’s imagine the ways that we can simplify our lives and find a sense of beauty in balance. This fall be on the lookout for opportunities to gather for adult education at First Parish. Let’s reimagine our lives focused on what is most important, something that we can only define and understand in our own hearts and minds, but that we might choose to share with one another.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Rev. Marjorie