The following is a fictional, hopefully inspirational, interaction. It occurs in a studio in a corner of my imagination. It is my hope that this light hearted interview will bring a smile to your day.
T.J.: As it is our readers first time talking to you, I’d like to let you just give them some background.
Ed: I will be glad to proceed with the interesting interrogation examining my inner character and characteristics.
T.J.: You’re a doctor aren’t you?
Ed: Yes, I’m a H.O.P.E. and am trained in S.I.L.L.Y. and J.O.Y. Seminars.
T.J.: Those letters mean what?
Ed: You mean other than how much school cost my Parents?
T.J.: You’re fictional, so it didn’t cost them.
Ed: Well, you get what you paid for. H.O.P.E. stands for the study of the History Of Positive Encouragement. S.I.L.L.Y. seminars are Strategically Inspiring those you Love and Lead while denying Yourself. J.O.Y. is paradigm training, it means Jesus Others and You. This is the order that we should follow in our lives.
T.J.: So through laughter you help people.
Ed: I try. There is so much negativity in the world today. So many hurting people, desperate folks, and angry people. Why put down when you can build up? Why not find a way to make people laugh?
T.J.: You got your name for a reason, what was it?
And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the Lord is God.
Ed: I was named after an Altar, loosely Ed means Witness. So I witness to those who need a shot of upliftment the arms. After all, flabby arms aren’t flattering, neither are flattened spirits. Sadness seeps into lives and controls them. My job is to edify, enlighten, and engage in laughter!
T.J.: With your looks, I can understand the laughter. Orange and yellow bow tie, silver buzz cut, Einstein mustache, cowboy hat in your hand, and a brown suit with burgundy shoes. You look like a cartoon drawing Ed!
Ed: That’s Dr. Ed to you, and my visual characteristics are your curious construction sir! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a patient arriving soon.
T.J.: Who are you treating today?
Ed: A songbird that’s forgotten her song.
T.j.: How will you help her, give her sheet music?
Ed: You hopeful boy, you went looking for humor, too bad it alluded you so completely! No, I merely shall remind her of her reason for singing. She is alive, living in a world of God’s creation, with an opportunity to bless others.
T.J.: To bless others?
Ed: Yes, through her song! Give her a reason to be happy, and she’ll remember her song. You see, she’s not really forgotten her song. She has forgotten her reason to sing, remind her of that, and the words will come easy.
T.J.: So if I meet someone sad today, I should tell them they have reason to be happy?
Ed: No! No! No! They won’t need your knowledge, but they may need a kind smile, a hug, or simply a I love you! Lift them up to where they can see the sky, and they’ll know what to do once they’re there. Share your love, not your opinions Timothy!
T.J.: Yes, Dr. Ed, see you next time!