PEACE be with you...
Ah...spending a nice Saturday morning relaxing in my sun-filled living room, warm in my robe and pj's, catching up on blogs and looking at photos. It doesn't get much better than this.
I see an SUV pull up my street and park in front of my house. Out climb 4 men and a young boy dressed in suits, ties and wool overcoats...carrying books. Yes, the uninvited idea sharers have arrived. They separate into two groups and fan out across the street. In previous times, I might have bothered to go get dressed quickly so as to be "presentable" when they come to the door. I no longer care about such things. After all, it is my house and my Saturday morning that they are invading at 9:45 a.m.
A very seemingly-nice man rings the door bell and asks me if I am familiar with the Lord's Prayer. Honest answer: yes. Then he proceeds to my dismay to open the bible and start reading it. I stop him and say that I have other things I want to do so I am not interested in having him read the Lord's Prayer to me. He wishes me a nice day as I do to them and off the they go - on to the next door neighbor's house. After they leave, I go and find my PEACE flag and fly it out front to express my wishes for the world. I hope they notice when they come back to their car.
I swear - next time someone comes to the door to share their beliefs with me, I am going to bring out my copy of PRONOIA is the antidote for Paranoia by Rob Brezsny: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings. I am going to start reading a passage of my beliefs to them. It is kind of a crazy book - admittedly not to everyone's liking but I can open it any time and find some little message that brings a smile to my face.
I am more than happy to share my beliefs with you - all you need to do is ask! I promise not to come to your door uninvited!
p.s. I am not trying to discourage this form of expression. After all, I can choose not to answer my door or I can turn them away or I can invite them in - just be prepared to listen to MY viewpoints.