I was delighted to see that the New York Times, midst all the global news of economic cataclysm and presidential campaign drama, found it appropriate yesterday to write up Forrest Church's sermon of Sunday (see my post for yesterday in an article entitled "His Death Postponed, a Minister Repeats His Farewell Sermon."
At a reception in the church basement following back to back services, the place was suddenly cleared by police after they received an anonymous call warning that someone was walking around the church with a gun. It appeared to be a hoax, but people were sufficiently unnerved that the party was over.
Not for Forrest, though. A smaller reception was taking place at his apartment where he told a reporter "This period [of my life] has the feeling of a coda to it. I feel," he went on, "I've done what I needed to do. I look back without regrets, and I look forward without fear. I've never been more in the present."
Can you say that? Especially in the business world, it seems to me we have lots of second guessing, lots of people feeling regret (and too few of them seem to be the people that got the entire world into our present financial crisis). I remember once being told that "regret is a sign of maturity. It means you've become capable of reflection and no one can honestly reflect without some regret."
Well, maybe Forrest can. Or maybe it's just that he's had his regrets but put them to rest. Now he can be totally present. I've promised myself that for this one day I'm going to try on that attitude...see how it feels. Do you think I'll answer the phone any differently at work?