What If I Don't WANT To Have A "Blessed" Day?
What If I Don't WANT To Have A "Blessed" Day? - Don't Get Me Started!
This morning a cashier at a local store concluded the transaction with the phrase, "Have a blessed day." Now I know some of you think that I'm going to go off about the Jesusness of the whole thing but I'm not. What I'm going to go off about is that I don't understand the whole phrase and after an exhaustive search of the Internet (today's modern bible) I found that a lot of people don't know what it means but it apparently pisses off quite a few people. The closest I could get to any sort of real explanation was from a Christian website that supports the phrase with some psalm which states, "This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Not a bad idea, I guess. (Though after reading some of these sites I did begin to wonder if the people who wrote the bible were a little lispy with all the "hath" instead of "has" for everything.) Undeniably this is a Christian phrase and while the sentiment is nice I wonder if the people who say it even consider that a blessed day may not be what I want to have at all? What if I don't WANT to have a "blessed" day? - Don't Get Me Started!
I don't know that you could call me very religious but I get the concept and it makes sense to me. What never made sense to me are the people who feel the need to get everyone on board with their religion. Whether passing out pamphlets, knocking on my door in black pants, white shirt, tie and bike helmet I find the whole "spreading of the word" about as respectful as the "spreading of the legs" with someone you don't know well enough. Don't get me wrong, I respect other people's beliefs but wish they would respect mine too. I don't need to know how Jesus died for my sins (mainly because I don't think I've done enough sinning to qualify him dying over it...maybe he could have gotten a headache or even migraine over my sins but ach, I don't believe Jesus died for my sins). And the thing about all the people with the "fish" on their cars (and checks) is that not only do they seem to see it as a "get out of life free" card but they also seem more intent about telling others how they live their life than living their life in a "fishy" sort of way. I mean come on, have you ever been cut off or not let into a lane by a car that has a fish on it? I have and let me just say, I'm thinking Jesus is a little like Santa and knows exactly who has been naughty and who has been nice.
I usually end my interactions with people with, "Have a swell day" or something of the like. (Perhaps the only reason for saying this is that I think more people need to use the word "swell".) I don't want to have a "nice" day because I happen to be an overachiever and my expectations are that my day should be more than just "nice." I don't want to have a "great" day because frankly that's too much pressure. I don't know if I can have a great day every day and trying for it makes me tired. But whatever day I may have I know that I'm responsible for whether it's a good day or bad day by the way I choose to react to it. So I'm not really looking for any divine intervention when it comes to my day. (I'd rather save asking for divine intervention for the bigger stuff like maybe winning the lottery or waking up to find I've lost twenty pounds and it's all gone into my biceps)
I guess at the end of all of it is that I'm a pretty organized and neat person. I think it's just that I don't like it when other people put their stuff on my stuff. This includes physical as well as emotional stuff. I'm not saying you can't have a "blessed" day I'm just asking that you not tell me what to do. You're not the boss of me and your pal Jesus is not the boss of me. Frankly the only real boss of me are my cats who demand to be fed, watered and pet without any room for discussion or debate. Much like Smokey Bear taught us, "Only you can prevent a forest fire" - "Only you can choose what kind of day you're going to have" and before you go around telling other people what kind of day to have, as yourself, "What if I don't WANT to have a "blessed" day?" - Don't Get Me Started!
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