And so my year begins...

January 03, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

So... I come out of the grocery store and there is a big Hummer parked next to my special little car with all the bumperstickers and there is a fella sitting in the Hummer wearing a big black cowboy hat.  As I am about to reach for my car door, I looked over and smiled and with that he leans over and says... "I have something for you".   My response: "Huh?  You talking to me?"

 

Now he sounded friendly and all, and I didn't see a gun and with that he reaches down (and I'm thinking do I duck and cover?) and then he hands me a CD.

 

I said... "What is this?"  He said... "That's for you. Happy New Year!" I looked at the CD and saw that it said "Spiritlessons.com"... so you see, I "knew" God was watching over me in a very special way through this gift from a parking lot cowboy. He must have known that my sorry a** needed saving after seeing my multitude of bumperstickers for humanism and reason.

 

Being the non-confrontational person that I am, I thanked him, got in the car, had a little giggle and went on my way. Definitely the most amusing part of my day!

 

I can only hope that I live to see the day when we secular beings can live life in the open and be accepted and respected as good people... good without God.  For 45 years in critical care nursing, I did not bring my religious views into the workplace or to the bedside.  It did not belong there.  I respected my patients and their families and supported their right to believe as they chose and would not hesitate to call their clergy when needed.  I was there 100% for all of my patients regardless of their beliefs.  It was quite simply, the right thing to do.  I have seen how religion can help people get through difficult times. 

 

Just as I have given my respect through the years and done good work, I now ask that you respect me for my beliefs.  I would never try to convert you to my beliefs and would appreciate it if you would do the same. 

 

So to you, the parking lot cowboy, I understand that you thought you were doing good, but our world is made up of many good people with different backgrounds, cultures, and religious beliefs.  It is quite simply called freedom... freedom to believe as you choose and I can only hope the day will come when we will all respect each other's beliefs even if they are very different than our own in promoting a more peaceful world. 

 

"Be the Change You Wish to See in the World" 

(Mahatma Gandhi)

http://americanhumanist.org/news/details/2014-01-presidential-proclamation-on-religious-freedom-day-2


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