I get lots of email. A small percentage of those are email forwards from friends and family. Some of them are quite interesting. The other day Naomi sent me one which had in the subject line, “I’ve been arrested!” Knowing Naomi I was pretty sure what I was going to find in the email. Needless to say (but saying it anyway) – it did not disappoint!
Sometimes I get chain letter emails that urge me to forward things on so some miraculous thing will occur or some devastating thing will not occur. I may be tempting fate, but historically I do not forward them on either way. I refuse to accept mandates from emails even if they do promise to either lift me up or scar me for life. I tend to believe that there are greater things to worry about in life than chain email voodoo.
I try and forward on laugh out loud emails when I have time. I do not do it too often, but when I do it is because I really got a kick out of it. Such was the case about the dancing down the aisle wedding and divorce videos. Those were hysterical. If you haven’t seen them yet, watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D147iDsACNE . I still cannot help but laugh when I watch them – I love folks who relish humor and joy and choose to live it out loud – these folks in the videos do.
The other day I received a forward from my friend Pam in California that was about the Holocaust. It was a somber reminder of the efforts of Irena Sendler who smuggled 2,500 children out of the Warsaw ghetto and hid them safely until the end of the war. Irena died in May 2008 at the age of 98. Her courage and dedication to her beliefs was truly heroic (see http://www.irenasendler.org/default.asp for more information about Irena). Also in the email was a cartoon strip about a Holocaust survivor. I thought it delivered a powerful message about how important it is to remember and learn from our history. So I am in essence forwarding it on to you.
I get lots of email…a small percentage of those are forwards…some make me smile, some make me tempt fate, some make me laugh out loud, and some make me reflect on what real courage is. Regardless, I appreciate that my friends and family think of me and thank them for continuing the forward movement.
Day one hundred and one of the new forty – obla di obla da