January 06, 2010 Hi-def or analog? Several little smidgeons of advice from well-wishers for the new year have found their way to my computer desk. Sage words from radio speakers, Sunday's message about looking backward and forward, little notes jotted on the corners of napkins and placemats—a collage of wisdom too random to put into a short enough column that you will actually read it!
Something that stuck was the analogy of life to hi-def TV. High definition involves color and contrast—the sharper the contrast, the more brilliant array or depth of color, the better the picture.
The long and short of the collage of wisdom for the new year was this: some of us have developed our own little analog ways of living life and don't want any help—thank you very much. One speaker—I think on Truth for Life—pointed out that relationships are the primary transmitters. Many of us lead a less-than-hi-def life when we make the choice to go it on our own. We also fail to use the dark times in our past to provide a backdrop for the more vivid ones.
In the words of Bob Beasley, our calling is to press on. At the threshold of the new year, with victories and losses which have shaped us behind us, we can lean into the finish line. Leaving us with the story of a little kid learning to play checkers with his granddad, he reminded us that no one minds losing a few checkers if he's headed toward King's Territory.
Onward and Upward!
Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.