As some celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day today, a little different take to share.
For me, the obvious thoughts first go to the Irish People; weird maybe, but that’s what comes to mind initially. I’ve got some Irish Blood in me, I suspect that’s why.
Then I think about the man himself, Patrick. Who was he, exactly?
With these two ideas in mind, and given the current global public health crisis in Coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness it inflicts, considering a basic, pick-me-up on this particular St. Pat’s Day.
Fundamentally, it’s a common theme I keep coming back to: PERSEVERANCE.
A long while back in America’s history, before other ethnic groups were in the spot light as both key to our economy (as workers, etc.), and as parasite on “Natives” to the United States, the Irish people, the immigrants from this land, filled this hole.
And the Irish, like the Mexicans, and Guatemalans, and Hondurans,, and El Salvadorans, and Vietnamese, and Thai, and Indian, and Iraqi and Turks, and Palestinians, and so many others,
the Irish found a foot hold in America, established themselves for a future different than they might have had in their original homeland, and contributed much to our American culture and society.
And the Irish, like so many other peoples, have survived famine and war and violent political strife.
Let us apply the timeless human lessons that have propelled us forward, regardless of the difficulty.
God Bless the Irish, and all peoples that have taught us perseverance; those that have come to America looking to make a better life. In fact, expect for the peoples native to this continent, we are ALL immigrants.
That’s what comes to my mind…what comes to yours on this Saint Patrick’s Day?
More on Saint Patrick’s Day found here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick
More on Irish-Americans found here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Americans
More on America’s Immigration History found here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_immigration_to_the_United_States