The Sunshine Observer: SO… V:89

Practical Life

I was feeling righteous all afternoon because I fixed the microwave. The door stopped latching causing it to not function. After an hour of fiddling, I was able to pull the latching mechanism forward with needle nose pliers.

While righteous, I pruned the contorted filbert. It’s a gorgeous and gnarly looking tree. I pruned it up about 3 feet. Next summer it will have a skirt of cascading leaves that create a magical cave.

My righteousness was short lived as the microwave broke again after only 4 door openings. My attempts to fix it again failed, Sigh. Tom inquired at the appliance store about fixing it, and they don’t.  They do sell new ones for $600 and $200 to install. It’s 3 years old, Sigh.  


As I was pruning, I thought about the word righteous realizing there was nothing morally correct about my fixing the microwave. And that when I use the word it is always the informal definition, and all about ego. I love how words can put things into perspective. And how things of the ego are often short lived.


Onto our 5-minute meditation following the phases of the Moon. The waxing moon increases in light, tomorrow it will be Gibbous.

No other person, place or condition should determine our righteousness.