One of my favorite episodes of The Andy Griffith Show introduced the character of Malcolm Tucker, an uptight businessman who can’t understand why no one in Mayberry is willing to work on his car when it breaks down on the Sunday he’s passing through town. But Tucker’s agitation is no match for the gentle and peaceful spirits of Mayberry, who recognize Sunday as a day of rest. It’s a test of Tucker’s patience when the delightful characters of Mayberry all but force him to chill out.
As it turns out, slowing down is just what Tucker needs in order to restore the sense of beauty that he had once known. The chords of Andy’s guitar seem to strike a soft spot in the old man as we watch him quietly sing the words to an all-but-forgotten song. And by the end of the episode, the anxious businessman is sound asleep in a chair on Andy’s porch, a half-peeled apple resting in his lap.
How easy it is to forget the beauty, to be blinded by the noise and confusion of a full calendar. Sometimes it takes an abrupt change in gears, even one not of your own choosing, to restore the sense of beauty that is yours.
Day 6 Guide
Take care to give yourself time to rest, time away from the noise of business. Try turning off the television and skipping reading the newspaper for a few days.
© 2005, Levi Hill