Editorial submitted by Conrad Doyle
How many times today have you been told to “have a blessed day”? When did this word become the new catch phrase? It was not that long ago that the most over used word was “awesome”. Everything was “awesome”. Back in the 60’s and 70’s we would have said “far out” and “groovy” but today we are being “blessed”.
It was not so long ago that a young girl was suspended from school for saying “bless you” after one of her classmates sneezed. What was once a common courtesy, is now considered hate speech and offensive and can land the user in hot water.
Most people have no idea of the origin of this popular phrase or the context in which it was used. There are a couple theories as to its meaning or purpose but the one most widely believed is that when a person sneezed the force would expel good spirits. Folklore says that when the good spirits are exhaled they would be replaced by evil spirits unless the person was blessed before taking their next breath.
Regardless of whether or not you believe the validity of the “blessing”, it is generally viewed as a common courtesy to bless each other if someone in close proximity to us sneezes.
In our modern times where everyone is offended by everything can it be offensive to wish someone a blessed day? The answer is simple...yes!
Think about it for a minute and I think you will agree. Why not be offended? People seem to just sit around and look for things to be offended about.
Home owner associations and landlords ask residents to remove the flag of the United States because it might offend residents from other country’s.
When people are told they cannot hang up the flag of the United States of America in the United States of America because it might offend people that live in the United States of America, we have the right to be offended. To those offended I say “pardon me please, I have a flag to raise but you “have a blessed day”.
Have you ever had one of those days that everything and everyone seemed to be determined to ruin your life and get on your last nerve? Ever wish you could tell the perky person handing out your coffee at the drive through window where they can put their blessings? Sometimes I wish I could respond to them with “don’t tell me what kind of day to have, it offends me”. I would never do that because I would not want to offend them and I truly do wish for them “a blessed day.
As we try to muddle through the new list of mandates and run the numbers to make sure we are staying within the perimeters of allowed behaviors for the Thanksgiving Holiday, I do with all sincerity hope for you and your family, a “Blessed Day”.