Living in the Southern United States has opened me up to many new experiences. For instance, the overall atmosphere of life is a lot more peaceful, even though I live in a large metropolitan area, compared to living in one of the large cities in Southern California. Another experience living in the South is the influence of Christianity and the focus of religion over all. And in the Atlanta area we also experience a large influence of spirituality from all over the world.
Christianity is the main religious influence here, imparting on the population a colloquial verbiage that was not common to me when I left California and really has blossomed over the last few years. Often when greeting anyone with a “how do you do” or “good morning” you are met with “I’m blessed” in response, or upon leaving its not uncommon to hear “have a blessed day.” I have wondered if the people that say this actually know what they are saying or is it just fashion. I have a strong tendency to believe it is more fashion than substance. This is a dialog I heard the other morning while getting some coffee on my way to work.
Man #1- “Hey good morning, how are you?”
Man #2-“I’m blessed, and you?”
Man #1”I won’t complain. Wouldn’t do me any good anyway.”
Man #2 “And if you did folk wouldn’t listen anyway, and if they do they’ll think it’s probably a lie”
What??? A blessed person feels this way? A blessed person thinks this way? A blessed person speaks this way?
These are the words of a “blessed” person. Actually, it’s quite common that I hear the “blessed” person speak with much negativity. How then can one be blessed and appear to be so sour inside? Do they not realize that a blessed person is, according to dictionary.com, consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified, worthy of adoration?
Are you worthy of adoration? Are you consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified? Have you built your Inner Sanctuary?