I’ve taken to wearing hats a lot because I keep banging my head on things, and a hat hides my wounds and scars. I don’t know what it is about me, but my head keeps getting in the way, and since I’m quite bald, as well as wearing my hair pretty short these days, every bang and every bung shows up.
We have a very small house — Marti calls it a Hobbit house — and there are places you have to remember to duck, like going into the cellar under the house, and also under the garage, and then there’s crawling around in the attic, which I will be doing soon the get the Christmas boxes down. Every December I sport a Christmas bang from that. You’d think by now I’d remember to duck, but not so. I’m walking around, thinking about something else, and “Bang!” there I go again.
Then there are those times it’s not my fault, like last night when I bent down to pick up my backpack in the low-lit restroom of a local coffee house and banged my head on the electrical utility box that protruded from the wall, but was covered up with a dark curtain. Ouch! Whenever your head meets an immovable object, there will be consequences. The head always loses.
Is it senility, or just plain stupidity, that keeps me among the walking wounded? I’m not sure. I don’t remember this always being the case. But I’ve come to the conclusion that humility will be what I choose to get out of it. Imagine trying to be cool with a big hole in your forehead people can’t help but look at as they talk to you. Imagine going to an important, high-level meeting with a gouge across the side of your head where you scraped it on a branch while working in the yard two days ago? Imagine standing up in a pulpit, about to deliver the sermon of your life, and right smack dab in the middle of your forehead, like the third eye of a cyclops, is big scab where you fell asleep at your desk the night before, and head-butted your computer keyboard.
That should help keep you humble, human and realizing the stuff that you are made of is fragile and dependent on the presence of God in you to truly offer anything of value to anyone else.