Renewing Our Vowels: A study of life goals.
Truth can be a trickster, revealing itself in unexpected moments.
It snuck up on me at a Hope and Help Festival at Lafayette Park in Baltimore.
Leaned up against the wall, was a line of boards with lines of sentences, each starting with
“Before I Die I want to” followed by a line, waiting for a chalked in answer.
One of those answers made me smile, “Renew my marriage vowels.”
Had someone misspelled “vows?”
Was this a licensing requirement for a scrabble player?
Or was this a deeper message about the purpose of our lives and relationships?
Should we live focused on the I, our personal wants and goals, or centered on the U, helping others?
The answers were chalked in across the board, in a landslide victory for U.
Here is a sampling of the responses:
“Save as many lives as I can”
“See peace for all races!!!!”
“Cure all diseases”
“Help the Poor”
“Buy a house for my mother”
“See my children be good people”
“Save a life”
“Help people live a happy life and healthy life”
“Change the world”
“Create change in my community”
“Help more people love others”
“Health, library, recovery services, housing, etc. for Baltimore City.”
“Let people know they are loved.”
Those who view our society as based on acquiring material goods should note that no one wrote that they wanted a better car, more jewelry, or a bigger house for themselves.
In fact, there only a few responses which even listed personal goals:
“Skydive/deep sea diving”
“Run a marathon”
I’m saving a photo of this wish wall onto my desktop to remind me of the real news in our world.
That people are good and they are hoping to help others.