Friday, November 26, 2010

In Stitches

All of us remember our stitches. Not as much, perhaps, the laughter with the cliche 'being in stitches,' but with the more painful, physical ones,.. or the stitches that are required in the world.

On Friday, fresh from a big Thanksgiving dinner with family, friends and staff, President Obama awoke and decided to get some exercise. Because of the wet weather in Washington, the choice was an easy one. Rather than setting off for a round of golf, Obama chose indoor basketball. The president left the White House at 9:30 and played five-on-five with family members and friends.

"After being inadvertently hit with an opposing player's elbow in the lip while playing basketball with friends and family, the President received 12 stitches administered by the White House Medical Unit."

Here is the world, sound as a nut, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch, nor an end, not a mark of haste or blotching, or second thought but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The current event and quote encourage us to think about our own personal physical stitches and, possibly, what is shredded and patchy about our world which may require some stitches.