Lockdown Day 19 – 14 April 2020 – The Same Kind of Different As Me

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My music this morning is Mendelsohn’s Violin Concerto.  I have an affinity for strings. Some morning we need to listen to Mozart’s Bassoon and Cello concerts, respectively, so I can show my interest goes beyond strings.

Yesterday evening we watched The Same Kind of Difference as Me on Netflix.  A true story of a woman who dreams about a wise homeless man who will change the world.  Enters Denver Moore. The title of the book is Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

Denver Moore, the “slave”of the book, says: “The only things we get to keep in life, is the things we give away.”

It is very true. Perhaps we remember the guy who cheated us. We are more likely to remember the person who was good to us with a warm-hearted fondness. That person who encouraged us when we really needed it. The person who gave us a hand up when we needed a hand up. I often experience this. Sometimes I think the people do not even realize what they have done, because they do it because that is who they are! Sometimes it comes from very unexpected places.

This movie made me think.  I think a lot and have few answers. I often wonder about life and what life is all about. Surely life cannot just be about money and owning stuff?  Life cannot just be about getting up and going to work, come back, supper, bed, Repeat. At the same time we cannot exist in the modern world without money and things. Money is, I think, currently the biggest stressor in the middle of lockdown. We get caught up in a process to make a living, food on the table, roof over our heads, education for the children. The bottom of Maslow‘s hierarchy. We do not really live. Those of us who manage to rise above the basics of Maslow‘s hierarchy often forget about those still at the bottom of the hierarchy. Those that battle with a day-to-day existence. That is part of the problem – those at the top talk down to those at the bottom. Often without the slightest insight.

Stephen Covey says our “purpose” is “to live, to love, to leave a legacy.” This movie made me think of my life and what legacy I will leave. Our legacy lies in the things we give away, as Denver Moore says.

Years after my mother’s death we camp at Victoria Bay. We stand in a que at the till and a coloured lady comes up to me. “Are you Mrs Magriet Maritz’s son? she asks. I confirm I am. She continues: “Your mother was a very good person.” She turns to her friend and says “if it wasn’t for this man’s mother, I do not know how we often would have survived.” My mother was not a learned person. My mother was not rich by any measure – she gave away way to much to be rich. My mother left a legacy that survived her by decades!

If I want to leave a legacy, I better start now, “times are getting real few.”

Here is a few more Denver Moore quotes I found at Goodreads:

“I used to spend a lotta time worryin that I was different from other people, even from other homeless folks. Then, after I met Miss Debbie and Mr. Ron, I worried that I was so different from them that we wadn’t ever gon’ have no kind a’ future. But I found out everybody’s different – the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain’t no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless – just workin our way toward home.”

“You was the onlyest person that looked past my skin and past my meanness and saw that there was somebody on the inside worth savin…We all has more in common than we think. You stood up with courage and faced me when I was dangerous, and it changed my life. You loved me for who I was on the inside, the person God meant for me to be, the one that had just gotten lost for a while on some ugly roads in life.”

“Good medicine always tastes bad.”

“The Word says God don’t give us credit for lovin the folks we want to love anyway. No, He gives us credit for loving the unlovable.”

Wisdom does not come from books, it comes from living life –

“to LIVE, to LOVE, to LEAVE A LEGACY.”

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