July 2, 2009
Penn of Denn
Last Friday morning, I heard a radio newscaster state, ” The world is mourning the loss of the king of pop!” Wow, I thought, I must be a horrible person, if the entire world was mourning the death of Michael Jackson and I wasn’t feeling bad at all. So I checked with friends in the States, Australia, Ukraine and Ghana and they assured me that they weren’t in mourning either. So I guess it wasn’t the whole world.
We mourn those who have made a difference in our lives, those who we will miss because they are gone. While there are many friends and family members who will rightfully mourn the death of Jackson, to say that complete strangers will mourn him is a little bizarre. Their lives were the same on Friday, as they were on Thursday. They didn’t get up and wonder how they would face life now that Michael was gone.
It’s amazing how we cheapen words and emotions.
Our emotional capacity is not infinite and if we expend it mourning people who have no direct connection to our lives, I wonder what we will have left for those who matter in our lives? Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.