Themes run through my life. The universe tries to show me things that I am not receptive to seeing. In an absolutely egotistical application, I enjoy believing that my way is the better way. Yes, I do. I always have; from the first time I stepped on a soapbox, delivering the wisdom of the ages, at 14, to right now. I enjoy believing that I am judicious, accepting, and a generally stellar human being. Sometimes the universe kicks my ass.
Last weekend my husband and I went to see my niece. I love the person she is and I love that she loves us. She asked my husband for help in deciding whether or not to purchase a house. She stood back and watched him work, for her benefit, and she was relieved of worry. Anyhow, she bought me a present (my husband labors, I get the gift), and one for her mom, because “You guys have helped me a lot lately.” I could not resist saying, “You mean since you were born?” In her grateful exuberance, she took me to the store where she purchased the gifts, so I could see how cool it is
and where I could purchase one for her too.
The store is very cool. The products are made from recycled materials, with love, in America. Twenty percent of the price paid for some of the products goes to charity- what’s not to like? I liked the concept so much that I bought three items. When I returned home, to my senses, I researched the company. I discovered that the CEO is a man, who has been a politician and is a Republican. I know. It upset me too. I developed a sick headache. How can a terrific product, made with love, by a company owned by a woman, be run by a Republican? I was distraught. I thought I should return my purchases. The phone rang.
It was a man I know in a business context, whose wife I adore. She’d been sick and was recovering, she was bored, would I call her? Of course, I called her. We talked and laughed at the irreverent things we said, for an hour, as Fox News blared from the background at her house. I hung up the phone feeling happier than I had before I called. She is one of my favorite people. She watches Fox News and she believes what she’s shown. We are different in that one small way. In all of the ways that matter, we are kindred spirits. We are traveling toward the same destination by different routes.
The company, run by the Republican, owned by a woman, selling products made, with love, in America is also traveling toward the same destination from a different route. I watched a TEDx Talk given by Giovanni Feroce, Italian immigrant, war veteran, Republican, and CEO of Alex and Ani. He makes many valid points.
The universe kicked my ass and showed me, with love we will find more similarities and fewer differences.