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In the Now

In the Now

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That means you start with music from the University the world you’ve got.

In the now.

By Robert L. Hall

Like I tell folks, there are times when brilliant enlightenment comes completely unexpected.

That’s the weird thing; the unexpected part. You go along, day after day, then suddenly there is a snapshot in time engraved into your memory.

Around town, there are such moments in the mundane everyday experience of living in the West Memphis/Marion area.

For instance, after putting out an article some months ago about the danger zone that is the Walmart parking lot traffic spilling onto a road with a 90-degree hairpin curve, across from a church lot with streets at the same location and speeding vehicles coming from all directions at once, there I was again in the same situation.

The original situation I wrote about was with cars in the road, shattered parts on the asphalt, an ambulance and police cars assisting the wounded and traumatized.

Bad thing?

Now, days ago, there it was again-this time an accident scene with two ambulances, five police cars, spread out car parts everywhere, multi-ton vehicles twisted, people once more maimed. And I’m in my car slowly going past the carnage and shaking my head, thinking, “When? When are they going to do something about this death trap in the middle of Marion?”

I don’t like saying I told you so, so I won’t. I would much rather that I didn’t have to even think it…but the danger did not go away. And it will never go away if officials in Marion will not take the responsibility of their jobs seriously, and make it go away.

But I don’t like to dwell on it.

It’s depressing.. .but enlightening.

Good thing?

I like the rain. I like the sound of rain, the feel of a slight chill in the air, the vitality of the wind and storm. When I’m tired and need rest, I don’t turn on the T.V. or the radio for background for sleeping.

There’s rain-ready-made, just what the doctor ordered.

In fact, from a poem I penned in 2005,1 offered these lines: “And inside my house, safe and warm, As raindrops sound from the ceiling, I bend to the keyboard, my hands lower, And herald the storm’s heart-beating.”

Is rain enlightening?

Yes, I believe so. Inspiring even. If you relax and let your thoughts go, you can travel in spite of bad weather.. .you can take a trip in your head. This is the essence of living in the now-to enjoy what is instead of what you demand of the future. That is because most of us don’t live in the now.. .we do things for what we think we can get in the future.

Bad thing?

So, we’re shopping in Marion and we stumble into a situation.

We spot a shoplifter in action.

And man, was this cat slick! The perpetrator had stashed merchandise at a certain location and checked out up front at the cash register with a couple inexpensive items. Next, circling the front registers, the person skirted them, going unobserved past the front cashiers and made a way back into the store, scooping up the stashed merchandise from an aisle into the bags in hand.

Then the crook walked slowly past the store employees with his bag full goods, looking like they were purchased and not stolen.

Enlightening to store management. . .in a bad way, when we reported it.

Good thing?

I should ‘good people.’ Such as my neighbors when I needed help on a recent renovation project, Then there are those at work who engage us in pleasant conversation which is really appreciated- especially when, most days, my wife and I spend more time at work than we do at home.

And finally, for those special medical professionals who have both treated a loved one of ours and made certain that we were updated about any sensitive health concerns.

You know, the pessimist says, “The world would be okay if it weren’t for people.”

Only, the world will never be better until you start making it so.

Robert L. Hall is a resident of Marion and has a Bachelor ’s Degree in of Memphis and a Master’s Degree from Florida State University. He is the pianist for Avondale Baptist Church and a writer of fiction on Amazon eBooks.

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