The time we have is at best an unknown. We run around doing daily routines thinking everything in our world is fixed in stone. A charity event and a ballfield with a bunch of guys practicing for an annual charity ball game sounds pretty safe, but nowadays not so - if you are politicians in America.
A congressman goes to the practice in the morning, and his life is changed forever by that afternoon. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is shot through both hips; bones shattered, internal organs damaged, with internal bleeding.
Not a good day for the congressman, nor America.
At Penn Station that same day, people go rushing by an ageless man playing a violin in the bowels of the station as people are coming from or going to their train connections. A 3-year-old child stops to listen to the magic of the sound coming from the music man.
He plays five of the world’s most famous violin pieces to perfection; Beethoven would have been pleased. The violin used was worth over $3.5 million. The soliciting musician is one of the most famous violinists, some say the best ever, in the world. He played that night in Carnegie Hall to a packed house, patrons paying in the neighborhood of $100 for the experience.
Just blocks away, playing the same selections, he made $34 (22 people gave to the tip jar).
Most Americans cannot appreciate what is great around them because they are living from day to day. Be it a political system that has stood the test of 250 years and is the template for many of the world’s democratic governments or the sounds of magic in a train station, they go underappreciated, misunderstood or ignored.
We must wake up to the real world of America, a world of blending and compromise. I promise to look for compromise and to see the beauty in front of me every day.
I vow to do that before the community and God.
A point to ponder.
Phil Mikan is the host of the Phil Mikan Show on WMRD 1150/WLIS AM 1420 daily at 10 a.m. and the Weekend Corner Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him at Phil Mikan, Central Connecticut Communications, One Herald Square, New Britain, CT 06051