Cracked 5… March 24, 2015

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Reasons to Avoid Doing Stupid Things

 

A. Stupid people want to hang out with you

B. Concerned people want to “help out”

C. Smart people stop returning your calls

D. Dull people think they are better than you

E. Religious people invite you to church … a whole lot

 

 

Thelma and Louise

 

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The Alphabet of Us: P is for Passion… March 23, 2015

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All human beings possess a heart, soul, mind and strength. Nothing of any true significance can be achieved unless this is understood.

Passion is the flesh we put on the spirit of our faith. It is the visible sign that we are involved and enthusiastic about our own convictions.

It has two parts, and each unit requires the other for the passion to be real, workable and acceptable in the human tribe: perseverance and peace.

  • If our passion has too much perseverance and lacks peace, we will be dissatisfied with our present conditions and greatly inhibit our progress by coming across too aggressive or too grumpy.
  • If we have too much peace, we cut ourselves slack and retreat from challenge because it seems to rob us of our gentle solitude.

Passion is perseverance and peace wed in a matrimony of lust for good things.

It is expressed in this way: “I am chasing my goal and I will not give up, but will have joy with where I am while I pursue.”

In other words, “I want it, but I don’t need it; I enjoy while I seek.”

Human beings without passion begin to settle for circumstances and even ideals which are comfortable rather than transforming. Yet passion has to be grounded in the common sense that comprehends that if we do not find a sense of balance in our everyday lives which produces good cheer, we will find ourselves unworthy of opportunity knocking at our door.

Very simply, no one wants to bless someone who is cursing the world, and no one thinks to offer a new chance to an individual who appears unmotivated.

Human beings need passion.

It is when we use our perseverance to generate the peace which allows us to continue to be perseverant.

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Jesonian: Galilean… March 22, 2015

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His critics called him “a Galilean.”

The word means very little to us. But in the time of Jesus, it communicated volumes.

Once your enemies could establish you as “a Galilean,” any number of other insults were available and could be unleashed in your direction without fear of contradiction.

Galileans were people who lived in Palestine, separate from the greater favor of God, with those who dwelt in Jerusalem.

They were outsiders.

They were lesser.

They were cursed by birth, to be relegated to a second-place position in all aspects of life.

After all, the Pharisees made it clear that “no prophet could come from Galilee,” and since Galilee was devoid of prophets, Galilee had to submit to other, more spiritual regions for its faith and hope.

Yes, once the cynics were able to call Jesus a Galilean, soon popping from their lips was the word “ignorant.”

  • He didn’t know his letters.
  • He didn’t know how to properly clean a cup before drinking.
  • Coming from Galilee, it was well-known that he was a sinner.
  • And if he was able to free people of their oppression, it was only because he was in cahoots with the devil himself.
  • Following the reputation of all Galileans, he was “a drunkard, a glutton and a friend of the outcast.”

Shouldered upon him was the burden of generations of bigotry, which still exists to this day as the Jews and Palestinians struggle for a piece of land that is really not much bigger than the state of New Jersey.

We probably find this practice of relegating certain virtues or vices to a particular region to be beneath our intellectual standard.

Yet if someone tells us they’re from the state of Texas, we envision cowboy hats, guns, bigotry, cow-roping, rodeos and backward politics.

A Californian is burdened with the notion that he’s from the Left Coast, is a hippie, smokes marijuana in church (if he ever goes there) and advocates free love.

Florida is for old people, and New York is for crime and gangsters.

We’re often very proud of the fact that we do not follow much of the superstition of those “Biblical fellows” we read about from so many centuries ago.

But because a group of bigoted, religious people were able to oppress Jesus of Nazareth by calling him a Galilean and assigning him all the foibles attributed to such a creature, rather than them being illuminated by the light of the world, they chose to snuff it out.

Even today we have a religious system which is intent on proving that Jesus was Jewish, when the Jewish people were convinced he was Palestinian.

Amazing, don’t you think?

He was right:

“Foxes have holes, but the Son of Man truly does have no place to lay his head.”

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Untotaled: Stepping 59 (September 9th, 1970) Welcome Home–NOT… March 21, 2015

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Troubled souls require a soft pillow on which to fall when their great plans bring them crashing to the earth.

There was no such cushion awaiting my girlfriend and myself when we landed in Columbus, Ohio, having hatched a plan to be together–to the chagrin or disapproval of all outsiders.

  • Her parents disowned her.
  • Our high school friends stopped calling.
  • And our church stood at an adequate, Biblical distance, careful not to pass along any semblance of support, while also insisting they were not “negative.”

We had obviously failed. We had broken the protocol.

For some, it was an issue of right and wrong. For others, it fell into the realm of proper or improper. But really, in the long run, the greatest fear of any small town is that actions are not “normal,” forcing them to be declared “weird.”

Once we received such a cool reception from our community, we found it impossible to share that a baby was on the way, especially since such a revelation, in 1970, was just short of abomination and well within the realm of unforgivable sin.

We were scared. We were two people desperately in need of counsel. We found no consolation, only affixed stares.

So we decided to drive down to Nashville, Tennessee, using some of my girlfriend’s college money, to see what life was like outside our burg. Because we were gone for the entire weekend, people assumed we got married, and when we returned unhitched, the persecution increased.

I was informed that I was no longer welcome to be in charge of the coffee house, which had been my great affection all through my high school years.

I don’t want you to misunderstand me–I am not saying that the path we chose was conventional or even worthy of any type of praise.

We were just young.

We needed consideration instead of condemnation–and it was just easier for them to set us to the side than to take us aside and set us straight.

So because of all of this scrutiny, we decided that we needed to go somewhere in the deep South and find a state where we could get married as quickly as possible.

We were thrilled.

Everyone else pretended they didn’t notice.

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G-Poppers … March 20, 2015

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G-Popper

“G-Pop, why do you say ‘thank you’ so much?” the grandson asked.

Before G-Pop could answer, the young boy followed with yet another question. “And why do you say ‘excuse me’ when you didn’t fart or burp?”

G-Pop swallowed a laugh, for after all, these were serious questions.

G-Pop: Do you remember when you learned to tie your shoes?

Grandson: Sure. Who wouldn’t?

G-Pop: Good point. Who taught you?

Grandson: Mom. Wait! No, I remember. It was Dad.

G-Pop: What if he taught you how to tie them and you walked away and didn’t practice?

Grandson: I guess I’d forget.

G-Pop: Exactly. Of course you would. And once you forgot, you’d start to think it was no big deal. Pretty soon your shoes would stay untied and one day you’d trip over your laces and fall down flat on your face.

Grandson: Not if I wore sandals.

G-Pop: That’s true. But you don’t wear sandals all the time.

Grandson: Right. What has that got to do with saying thank you?

G-Pop: It’s called manners–and it’s the manner in which I choose to live. So I say thank you all the time so I won’t miss a moment when a thank you is desperately needed. I say excuse me so folks will know I appreciate them for putting up with my interruptions.

Grandson: It sounds dumb.

G-Pop: Probably. But you know what’s dumber? Wondering why somebody hasn’t thanked you when you never say it yourself.

Grandson: Yeah. This kid at school didn’t have any lunch so I gave him half of my sandwich. He never thanked me.

G-Pop: How did it make you feel?

Grandson: Mad.

G-Pop: I’ll bet you he thinks he said thank you because it crossed his mind but never made it to his lips.

Grandson: Why?

G-Pop: Good question. I guess if we don’t practice, we aren’t ready to perform. So when it’s time to say thank you or excuse me, we block it, thinking that it’s dumb or unnecessary.

Grandson: I do that.

G-Pop: So I practice. Even if I bump into a piece of furniture, I say excuse me.

Grandson: Now, that is dumb!

G-Pop: Listen…it’s okay to talk to a chair as long as you don’t think it’s talking back.

Grandson laughs.

He said, “Thank you, G-Pop.”

It was a good start.

 

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Three Ways to Finish … March 19, 2015

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Arguably, the largest misconception in the ongoing pursuit of human relationship is the assertion that a good excuse is as powerful and proper as a promised result.

After all, we pretend to forgive those who give up along the way of completing a task. We really don’t. We join their retreat, sigh and walk away disappointed.

Unfortunately, it only takes a handful of disappointments before we just stop trying. When we find ourselves confined, unable to try, we are convinced that change is impossible.

The end result is a jaded population. It’s a prison for creativity.

So how can we finish? Please consider three steps:

1. Don’t start.

Yes, there are times that even if the cause is noble, the circumstances and surrounding attitudes are insufficient to even begin the endeavor.

We must be careful to never ignore the history that precedes us and boastfully tout that we can overcome it. There are just some things that should never be started because they cannot be finished.

And there is nothing worse in life than laying the foundation and being unable to complete the project, leaving behind a constant reminder of egregious stupidity.

Listen carefully. If it doesn’t seem plausible or pleasant…pass.

2. Don’t hurry.

The best way to make sure that you will fail to finish is to hurry and make mistakes that have to be redone, producing the frustration that causes us to want to throw in the towel. Slow down.

I have taught my children that if you find yourself late to an appointment, take your watch off, stop looking at it, set it aside and just realize that you’re going to be a little late–and will be much later if you worry and hurry.

Yes, sometimes in a project you reach a point where it’s not certain you will finish, so the best you can hope for is to pace yourself in a joyous way that allows for the possibility.

3. Don’t quit.

Consider your inventory.

  • Do you have the ingredients?
  • Do you have the time?
  • Do you have the energy?
  • Does the need exist?

Then hang in there.

Oftentimes, assistance arrives when people finally realize that you have no intention of fizzling out.

For after all, why would you give help to someone who is hapless and on the way to defeat? We help people who are working hard.

These are three great ways to finish. You will notice they are absent excuses, completely devoid of self-pity and all the frustration has been ripped from them.

What you have is the decision-making power to begin, pace yourself and stay with it–because who’s to say this project is any less viable than the next one? 

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PoHymn: A Rustling in the Stagnant … March 18, 2015

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PoHymn March 18

A Workable We

Thought about vegetarian

But couldn’t “meat” the need

Wanted to become a doctor

But afraid to watch it bleed

Could have been a singer

But didn’t sew up a deal

How about a game show host?

Stymied by the wheel

Pondered pursuing politics

Yet couldn’t suffer to lie

Yearned to father children

Despised it when they cry

Dreamed of going to heaven

But terrified of heights

Made it safe to Friday night

But apparently missed the lights

Curious about kissing

She said, “Don’t give me lip”

Wanted to write a poem

Never, ever quite that hip

Went to see the sunrise

Peering to the west

Got to good and better

Yet never was the best

I shopped for a boat

But never completed the sale

Inherited a mountain goat

Without a suitable tale

I am a dollar short

On any given pay

But rich with thoughtful words

Conscious of what to say

I am the me that comes to thee

Searching for ways to be

Alive, content and satisfied

Creating a workable we.

 

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