Sunday, September 11, 2011

Why not now?

As I climbed into the van for work that would take me back to the metro station, I shook my umbrella out the door, tried to smooth my beyond-help wet hair, and breathlessly said hello to the driver, “JP.” 
“Is this rain ever going to stop?” I asked, half just to have something to say, and half because I was incredibly grumpy.
“Well if you ask me, “ said JP, “I think it’s a sign.”
I settled in my seat as JP put the van in drive.  “A sign?”

"Yeah,” he continued.  “If you ask me, I say it’s a sign.  I think the Lord telling us it’s the end.”
I laughed.  I mean really, what else do you do?  “You might be right about that,” I said.
“Think about it,” JP said, chuckling, “we had the earthquake.  We had a hurricane.  And now we got flooding and tropical storms, and this is just in 2 weeks.  People got their roof falling in, roads closing down, schools closed, people out of electricity again...”
“It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?” I said.  “Kind of scary.”
“I'm tellin’ people,” said JP, “it’s the end.  Ain’t nothin’ you can do but get good with yo’self.  If the end is here, and this is it, nothin’ else is goin’ to matter.  Everybody get all scared or run around like ‘the end is here, the end is here,’ but not me.  I just tell e’rybody I gonna spend this time gettin’ good with MYself.  That’s what we all should be doin’.  Spendin’ this time gettin’ good with ourselves.”
“I like that, JP,” I said. “That is what matters in the end, isn’t it?”
“Now’s as good a time as any,” he suggested.  “It might be the end.  It might not be.  But it’s as good a time as any to get good with yo’self.  Might as well be now.”
If it was the end of the world…what would you need to do to “get good with yourself,” as JP put it?  What does that mean for you?  What would it take for you to “get good with yourself”?  What’s stopping you from doing it now?

1 comment:

  1. I like! But I don't know the answer. Smart guy though.