Inferior or Superior

4 Feb

It’s So Easy To Be Proud, And So Hard To Be Humble

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, has been having a great year as the skip of his curling team. “We are almost ready to compete at the Olympics,” Ed recently told me. I warned him that pride comes before a fall. I also suggested that maybe they have had easy competition this year, which didn’t sit well with Ed either.

I asked Ed if he had heard the story of the Civil War General, John Sedgwick, who was warned not to stand openly above a wall facing the enemy. His famous last words were, “Nonsense, they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” A moment later Sedgwick fell to the ground fatally wounded.

The Big Three

24 Jan

Brooding On Self-Pity Hatches Resentment. Resentment Hatches Bitterness

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, has a soft spot for baby chicks. As a child, he saw brood hens sitting on eggs until the eggs hatched. He and his brother would deliver feed and water to the brood hens each day, and impatiently wait for baby chicks to break out of the eggs. As a child, Ed felt that the hens hatching chicks out of eggs took an eternity to accomplish their task.

Children and teens used to be impatient. They said, “I am bored, there is nothing to do!” Now they are texting, playing video games, using their computers, and absorbed in their activities to the point that they may spend more time on their seats, than long haul truck drivers. Ed claims if they were sitting on eggs no brood hen could compete with their ability to stay in one spot for hours.

Hidden Talents

16 Jan

Hidden Talents Cannot Always Be Found

Everyone has a hidden talent that they only display under the right circumstances. Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, is very talented when he is playing his guitar. It is a good talent that he tends  only to display when the time is right for him. When asked if he has any hidden talents, Ed would rather talk about the talents he does not have. Ed likes to claim that he has no talent for any activity in the kitchen or the garden what so ever! Not now! Not ever!

I do not know whether I should believe Ed when he mentions a cousin who will wiggle his ears, raise one eyebrow, stand on his head and touch his nose with his tongue if there is a pretty girl around to see him. Ed claims all the special hidden talents of his cousin stay hidden unless there is a beautiful girl to motivate him. Ed has one regret in that try as he might he cannot find within himself the hidden talent to make vast amounts of money. Ed would really like to find hidden within him the ability to make money hand over fist.

Acceptance

8 Jan

Recognized – God Knows Your Name, Face, And Place

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, is still a big fan of the old TV sitcom “Cheers.” The 1980’s show was set in a Boston Bar (Cheers) where customers were known by their first names. Not only did everyone know Norm’s name but other regulars like Cliff, and Fraser. Customers were not only on first name bases with each other, but with the staff: Sam, Woody, Carla, and Diane. The TV show made it clear everyone wants to go to a place where everyone knows your name?

The opposite side of everyone knows my name is nobody knows my name. There isn’t much security or cheerfulness when no one knows your name or cares to know it. In the Old Testament, God often reminded the Israelites that He created and called them to be his special people as their only Savior. The Israelites questioned if God really knew them when they suffered from war, famine, and other disasters. They also forgot to love and honor God when their lives were going well.

Criticism

7 Jan

Damned If You Do And Damned If You Don’t

Ed, my old neighbor in Saskatchewan, makes some good points about criticism. “A person can be criticized for saying something or for saying nothing. You can be blamed for doing too much or too little. Too often life is being damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”

We can get infected with both praise and criticism, but criticism keeps us sneezing and coughing, feverish and cranky. Praise makes us light-headed and happy until it leaves us hungry for more or stuck on prideful.

Never in 2019

29 Dec

Never Give Up On What Is Good In 2019

In discussing the past holiday season with Ed, my old neighbor from Saskatchewan, I confessed that I never gave up eating all the treats that were available. It is incredible that I can be so eager to eat all the food I should bypass.  Ed said the answer is to never start on the junk food, chocolates, special baking, etc. Never is a tough word to obey.

I have heard that I should never snack in the evening, but I keep snacking like a starving man until I go to bed. A friend snacks in bed. I have never done that yet, but I will not say I never will. I seem to be too often on the wrong side of never.