ANGELS AMONG US… 2

“Angels Among Us” 
 

I was walking home from school, on a cold winter day 
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way 
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone 
But then a kind old man, took my hand, and led me home 
Mama couldn’t see him, oh but he was standing there 
And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers 
 
Oh I believe there are, angels among us 
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above 
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours 
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give 
To guide us with the light of love 
 
When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees 
There’s always been someone, to come along, and comfort me 
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand 
A phone call from a friend, just to say, I understand 
But ain’t it kind of funny, at the dark end of the road 
That someone lights the way, with just a single ray of hope 
 
Oh I believe there are, angels among us 
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above 
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours 
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give 
To guide us with the light of love 
 
They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places 
To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need 
 
Oh I believe there are, angels among us 
Sent down to us, from somewhere up above 
They come to you and me, in our darkest hours 
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give 
To guide us with the light of love 
To guide us with a light of love 

Alabama 

Ditto! 

And my angels are…….. 

James, Sovola, Laura, Roger, Chris, June, Penny, Trudy, Danny, Nell, Ed, Bill, Keith, Paul, Velda, Joan, Sam, Felix, Louise, Jennifer, Harry, Steve, Bobby, Roxy, Greg, Chester, Bob, Rick, Ted, Mel, Betsy, Patti, T.J., Dap Daddy, Leroy, Gary, Woody, Mary Nell, Vivian, Walker, Joe, Beth, David, Edwin, Phil, George, Bonnie, Lanny, Dwight, Alice, Sandy, Anthony, Mike, Linda, Lee, Janet, Athelia, Bird, Mitti Lou, Gordon, Calvin, Coolidge, Larry, Mary, Dorothy, Wayne, Tonya, Dick, Sherron, Angela, Lynn, Kimberly, Doris, Jana, Serena, Debbie, Rudy, Charlotte, Josephine, Luther, Bob, Sonya, Tony, Caroline, Amanda, Johnny, Ronnie, Shelby, Tiffany, Melissia, Jayme, Kristy, Don, Cassandra, Tracey, Ashley, Adam, J.R., Jeff, Sarah, Nick, Zoanna, Charles, A.J., Matt, Kara, Brandi, Ray, Tamara, Jordan, Sara, Monika, Randi, Randy, Monty, Irvin, Melvin, Brittany, Courtney Steven, Stephen, Crystal, Travis, Gina, April, Tabitha, Zac, Jacob, Carlos, Amber, Nathan, Mud, Candi, Kandi, Elsi Ann, Dianne, Diane, Kathy, Cathy, Julie, Howard, Alec, Alex, Michelle, Sandra, Beverly, Jody, Carl Benny, Pat, Kim, Forrest, Joey, Karen, Terri, and Conrad. 

Did I miss anyone?  I hope not! That was hard.  Assuming you are getting a handle on this thing, you might have a few of the same names on your list that I have.  I bet you do!! Well I will be damn.   I have once been lost but now I am found, I was blind but now I see.  All these people mentioned above helped me in some way. Some of them I did not even like me at first. One name comes to mind, Chester, P.  He will know who I am talking about at once, because we talked about it.  We worked together for four years, four of the best years of my life.  I met some of the finest people at this place, and learned so much from this company, a company that has been around for years.  They taught me how to work with other people, and to always treat people with respect.  And this was long before everyone was offended by everything.  They taught team system, m.c.e, and they took care of their employees with benefits, and free health check-ups, and even after they shutdown, they gave us a severance, or offered us other jobs. 

No one asked them too.  They just knew it was the right thing to do.  And they did it. No one held a gun to their head. Yet this company has been vilified over the years.  I spent many years with bitter feelings for them. The reason you ask, one of my best friends was killed in the factory where we worked.  He was like a brother to me and one of the best people I have ever met.  I was a pall bearer at his funeral.  It ruined his family’s life from what I heard.  Steve and Dixon probably saved my life.  Dixon was Steve’s best friend a friend I grew up with, Chris we all used to party all the time.  And I do mean ALL the time, every day, every chance we got.  And you know what? That shit was fun!  I was 22 or 23 or 25 or was it 26?  Like the songs says….I had blood shot eyes at 25 or was it 26, thought I would die at 25 or was it 26, I’m glad to say I’ve come around, but if I could have one wish, I’d like another try at 25 or was it 26?…Chris Stapleton. 

What is my point?  What if I did not have a point?  Because everything is really pointless, what if everything was upside down??????? What the fuck? Sometime you just gotta say it. Isn’t that correct Tom?  So, my point is this…. think, think, think, for your fucking self. Listen, read, watch, relax, take time to enjoy life, do what you enjoy, never let someone tell you what to do, that does not mean do not listen.  Listen, think about it, sleep on it, ask for input. The more involved in the decision process the better.  Amen! But you have the final decision and do not be afraid to make it. What is the worst thing that can happen?  The world ends?? You piss someone off?  You hurt someones feeelinnngsss?? You fail????? 

Read the poem If.  Do not have it handy?  Let me get it for you.  I am here to help. 

If— 

BY RUDYARD KIPLING 

(‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies

If you can keep your head when all about you    

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,    

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 

    But make allowance for their doubting too;    

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, 

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, 

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;    

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;    

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster 

    And treat those two impostors just the same;    

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken 

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, 

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 

And lose, and start again at your beginnings 

    And never breathe a word about your loss; 

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,    

And so hold on when there is nothing in you 

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’ 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,    

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, 

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, 

    If all men count with you, but none too much; 

If you can fill the unforgiving minute 

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,    

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,    

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son! 

Your welcome!  I love that stuff.  I ask you this, who can read that and not feel better, is that the word I’m looking for???? Uplifted, inspired, fired up, ready to beat the world, Cool Hand Luke, you world beater you. What a great actor Paul Newman was, simply awesome. And Redford, Travolta, Costner, Pitt, Crews, Douglas, Hanks, Jackson, Murray, Belushi, Johnson, Russell, Kilmer, Willis, Phoenix, Weatherspoon, Sheffer, Skerrit, Fields, Roberts, and the list goes on………. 

Do you see my point?  Me either but I thought I’d ask. What do all those people above have in common?  Great actors?  Sure that was easy.  What else???? 

But that in smoke and pipe it!  I know the answer and some of you do too! Just like the song says…. Angels Among Us….who sang that song btw, oh a group called ALABAMA??? Randy who?? From where??? ALA-Freakin-BAMA!   

Oh, I knew that would piss all you haters off.  We are stupid un-educated red-necks.  We are narrow minded hicks, who don’t wear shoes…. yet some of the greatest singers, songwriters, leaders, politicians, and some of the finest people I know.  

Who else has a state song like Sweet Home Alabama written by Ronnie Van Zant from Florida, recorded in Muscle Shoals.  It’s sang at baseball games, football games, used in movies, and commercials.  Every time I hear it I want to stand up and celebrate.  Who else has Hank, Hank Jr, Bear, Nick, Joe, Snake, Gene, Julio, Derek, Bart, Jake, A.J., George, Wayne, Stan, Johnny, Dwight, John, T.J., Joe Willie, and Forrest???lol   And let’s not forget Cam, Shug, Bo, Pat, Pat, Terry, Stan, Gene, John, and it never ends. 

Here’s your chance.  Yes, you have great ones too!  The point?? Again you ask.  My point is everyone is the same but different.  And I believe that’s a good thing. And I like good things. And guess what sometimes I even like bad things.   

I don’t know ask someone who knows…. 

I know you’re still wondering what the point is, right? What was the question again??? 

The point is it’s all good!! And it’s all bad!!! It is what you make it. Acceptance it the key… 

Page 417 Acceptance 
A.A. Big Book – Acceptance is the answer to ALL my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation- some fact of my life- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake. Until I could accept my alcoholism, I could not stay sober; unless I accept my life completely on life’s terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes. 

Gotcha!!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun I am having right now. I feel like I could do anything!! Superman…Iron Man…Batman…. all rolled into one. Want this feeling?  Read the book. 

Which book? I will let you decide. Just read a damn book please. You just mind learn something. I did! 

Have a nice life. I fully intend too!  Am I done yet? I have no freakin’-idea…………. 

But, and there is always a but…For today let me sign off with this……… 

And I do too!  I believe in a lot of things. You remember in the movie Bull Durham. And Crash Davis… 

“Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” 

Ditto! For 99.9%. At least he believes in something and has the guts to say it.  

What do you believe in asshole? Are you speaking to me??? Thought you would never ask.  

I believe in Baseball, hot dogs, Coke, Ford, Alabama, Nick Saban, Bear Bryant, Zac, Ronnie Regan, Glenn Frey, Jim Morrison, Steve Jobs, John Lennon, and church, country, God, the universe, and me….  That is the short list! 

I believe in marriage, between a man and woman. Said the wrong thing then did not I, now we know. I have a right to say that and you also have a right to do whatever the fuck you want too. But I would like to ask you a favor. You leave me out of it. I will treat you with respect and I expect the same thing. I will no longer be held hostage or made feel guilty for having an opinion.  If you don’t like it, frankly I don’t give a damn. I have the same fucking rights as you, under the constitution of the United States. I will leave you alone. I will simply ignore you when you’re not around. Give me a hug big guy! Bring it in here. So, let’s agree to disagree. Please, and thank you! 

Have a nice day! Cause if you parents didn’t teach you anything, maybe I can! I am a father you know. And Father knows best.  

RGH

Revised

6-20-2020

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