The Class of a Welsh Miner
by Lou Jasikoff
In this journey of life I have come to realize that the gifts most cherished are not those that can be bought in a store, or purchased online, but those little remembrances given from the heart by family, friends, or a loved one, that often become life lessons.
One such gift was given to me in my younger days, at a particularly turbulent period in my life, a simple plaque, handmade, with a simple inscription, that to this day sits proudly in my home office, where I refer to it often. Words of wisdom passed down to me, to be passed down to others.
It speaks of class, with the undertone that if you want respect, you must learn to give respect. The indispensable golden rule, “do unto others as you would have do unto you.” (Matt. 7:12)
One such lesson I have tried to apply to my daily life is “that good manners are nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices.” We have all done it, make the excuse that we are too busy, or say I wish I could, maybe next time. I can honestly say some of my most memorable moments of life have been had when I found that hour, day, or in my case a month, (a story for another time), to be there for family, friends, a neighbor, pet, or stranger on the street. It’s a beautiful life, find the time to make the most of it!
Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident in the knowledge that you can meet life head-on and handle whatever comes along. Jacob had it. Esau didn’t. Symbolically, we can look to Jacob’s wrestling match with the angel. Those who have class have wrestled with their own personal “angel” and won a victory that marks them thereafter.