“Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.” Karl Barth
I recently realized that asking my elderly mother, whose short term memory is fading, what she had been up to doing that day or the previous week frustrated both of us. She couldn’t remember and would either be apologetic or distressed that she was unable to answer me.
My mother is a highly successful educator who has spent her entire life constantly busy: accomplishing tasks, raising a family, solving problems, writing poetry, preparing lesson plans, creating and leading community organizations, writing letters to the editor, traveling the world, and meeting intellectual and interpersonal challenges.
Up until the end of last year, she also taught a class on capitalism for the lifelong … Read the rest