Politicians have a reputation (smell?) smell that stays with them. They are easy targets, yet I know that there are some “good ones” somewhere! Businessmen and women do not fair much higher. In fact, I would like to suggest that anyone who potentially influences the money in our lives, or our ability to do whatever we like, is going to make the list.
The blessings and curses are plentiful! “May the flees of a thousand camels rest in your bed tonight.” As much as we want to ignore the role that they can, and do, play in our lives, we cannot. A potential extra tax on every car that travels into London will eventually touch everyone who visits or lives in the city. Tube service impacts residents, commuters, and tourists alike. The degree is different, however nobody is immune from the decision on taking the service private or delaying yet again the investment in infrastructure.
Think of how long our whinging could go on when we go from local politics to national to global and then on to the sellout of our cultures to the global brands, and so on!
Everyone touches another, even if we do not realize or acknowledge the ripples. Yesterday I sat down to lunch with a former work colleague and good friend. I discovered anew that “blessings accrue on a good and honest life, but the mouth of the wicked is a dark cave of abuse.” (Proverbs 10.6)
As I went back to work, I found myself struck by the fresh conviction of how far and deep each of us affects the other. I close my eyes and the experiences of days, even years ago, is fresh, vivid, and sensitive in my life. A prayer from two children of God on my behalf, a swim in the Oslo fjord, a sauna and swim under the midnight sky in the Baltic, pictures of God’s gifts wrapped by one of His kids, a quiet conversation with awesome food here and there all dance in my eyes.
Today God’s blessing is on your impact.