MY PAL AL

“There are only two ways to live your life.

One is though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist

 

Thank you. Nice of you to notice my new tee-shirt. And yes, that’s a picture of Albert Einstein on the front. My pal Al was a very smart man. He won the Nobel Prize for physics. When the legendary funny man Charlie Chaplin invited Al to the premiere of his new movie, City Lights, the public cheered for both of them. Later Chaplin said to Einstein, “They cheer me because they all understand me, and they cheer you because no one understands you.”

I will admit when you and I decide to talk science, it won’t be much of a discussion. Science was never be my best subject. Even so, Mr. Einstein did get through to me with some amazing words of wisdom.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”

It took me two years to make it through the 4th grade, two attempts to earn my driver’s license, two shots to graduate from college, and two adventures in marriage to finally get it right. Most world champions rarely get it right on the first try. So if it’s Olympic gold or making the perfect omelet, expect a few blunders and flubs. The secret is to enjoy the journey and remember even Einstein went through a bunch of letters before he landed on E = mc2.

“Never lose a holy curiosity.”

When was the last time you took a different route to work? How about listening to a different radio station today? What do you think about trying a Chinese restaurant this weekend instead of pizza?

Check with the librarian and see if the two of you can figure out why the sky is blue. Make a visit to a travel agent and plan an exotic vacation to someplace whose name you can’t pronounce. Pretend you’re Christopher Columbus and go discover something new. You just might end up having a good time.

“Everybody is a genius.

But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

I don’t think God put us on this earth to just take up space. Everyone, I believe, has a gift or a talent that needs to be shared with the world. It is up to each individual to find it for him or herself. A tip of the stetson to those folks who seem to come out of the womb knowing they want to be a plumber, guitar player, truck driver, dancer, or brain surgeon and then make it happen. For some the journey may be a bit more complicated. And there is no disgrace in being called a late bloomer.

Have fun learning why you’re a passenger on spaceship Earth. And above all, please be kind to your fellow travelers.

 

 

 

 

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