The Other I

November 25, 2010

It isn’t fair!

Filed under: Uncategorized — theotheri @ 2:40 pm

Here in Britain, advertisers frequently try to encourage buyers with the phrases like

  • “You deserve it, “
  • or “You’ve earned it,”
  • or “You’re worth it.”

I find the approach irritating, because

  • No, I don’t, and
  • No, I haven’t, and
  • No, I’m not.

Life is horribly unfair, and on this Thanksgiving, I am profoundly grateful that fortune has not dealt me what I deserve, or earned, or am worth.

I have received much much more than that.  In her often profligate way, mother nature and good fortune have given me gifts and opportunities and challenges for which I cannot possibly make recompense.  When I was young and naive, I thought I could give back more than I was given.

Now, I can only say thank you.

And wish you and those you love a very happy – and unfair – Thanksgiving.

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