Friday, May 28, 2010
“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” (Mario Andretti) The Indy 500 typically appeals to competitive, ambitious, aggressive, Type A people. Mario began racing at age 5, and has been going fast ever since. My son and I went to Indy in 1994 and sat behind the pits. What a thrill! Even though I like racing, I do like a measure of control in my own life. How about you? ;-) Jack
MORE FROM JACK: I saw a bumper sticker yesterday which relates to today's WWs.
GET IN - SIT DOWN - HOLD ON - SHUT UP!
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Control this week. Cutting garage doors and windows in the new warehouse. Control and accuracy is more important than speed. Measure twice cut once... FROM JACK: As Ecclesiastes 3 puts it, "For everything there is a season...." Sometimes there's a need for speed, but most of the time there's a need for control. MORE FROM JON: Speed in the Gulf Clean up would be good MORE FROM JACK: ...and more control over the drilling process is necessary, too.
FROM JE IN MICHIGAN: I agree with you. I like a measure of control as well.....but as of late...there is little.
It can be unsettling. This morning we woke up at 5:30 a.m. to no water for showers...my husband took his shower at a neighbor's next door. I'm home dealing with helpful well companies. I've selected one and it looks like we'll be getting a new pump today. This situation and work (with more than 120-130 retirements for next year) are out of my control...I must let go and let God. All of this is coming from a person who loves speed and the Indy. I've been to many Indy Car races. In another job, my company sponsored Bobby Rahal's car.
I like to think of it as not being out of control...but putting the control in His Hands. FROM JACK: I recall how relieved I was when our subdivision voted (not 100%) to go from wells to city water. Ahhhhh! I will watch part of the 500 on Sunday, but I would not wish to be in the cockpit of one of the cars. Like you, I look for a measure of control.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: My lifestyle is carless, walking, five days out of the week. On the weekends we go out in the car and are with the rest of the people driving in their cars. The comparison in time and motion is amazing. It seems like everyone is going to hell in a handbag. I'm usually just sitting in the passenger's seat, praying to God for Him to pour wisdom, patience, caution, and travelling mercies into my husband. I pray for that the rest of the week, too, but especially for the 20-30 minutes actually in the car. It seems like after 30 minutes, one adjusts to the speed and can relax a bit. This whole country is premised on going fast, newer and newer technologies, constantly improving and changing institutions, mobility all over the place, more and more relationships (though sometimes I feel they might not be very deep ones), even time itself is warped and changing fast, move forward an hour, move again backward an hour, the days pass in a blur of activity and
travel, this is one WW that I appreciate because I think it is truthful about our American culture but at the same time I feel it's almost a distasteful WW. And I feel, in the eyes of the whole rest of the world, we do not look like we have such a positive measure of control. FROM JACK: I could be one of those drivers you're writing about. My son from Minnesota was visiting us and riding with me on I 275. "Whoa, dad, do you think you're driving in a NASCAR race?" So, I cut down on the speed and got away from the bumper of the car in front of me. We need remeinders once in a while.
FROM SG IN TAMPA: Control of everything is not one of my wishes; expect the unexpected is sometimes more exciting. FROM JACK: "Sometimes" is your controlling word. Serendipity is another word that I like. I've met some "control freaks" in my life, and that's not the life for me. I once counseled a newly-married young lady who was having problems. Her husband insisted that she keep a written record of all money that she spent, including money put into parking meters. The marriage didn't last.
FROM MOLINER CF: Depends on who's doing the controlling. FROM JACK: From my point of view, God is in control, but like a xcaring and trusting parents, he allows us to sit in the driver's seat while he is close by.
FROM LIZ IN ILLINOIS: I am a control freak. And an Indy car fan FROM JACK: If Danica Patrick isn't able to race on Sunday, you seem to be the kind of person who could take her place.
FROM RI IN BOSTON: What a varied life you lead. Watching the Indy 500 is the last thing on my "bucket list". I can't imagine sitting in the sun for half a day, in the roar of the crowd and the roar of the race, breathing exhaust fumes. I suppose there's a first time for everything...ever want to go back again? FROM JACK: Knowing that you are the adventurous kind, going to the Indy 500 would fit that category. The pre-race activity on the streets near the tracks might cause you to forego the race. Street after street of yahoos sitting on the top of a motor home, bus or truck, drinking lots of beer and yelling obscenities to the girls passing by - and the girls complying. Since David and I took it all in, I don't think that we feel the need to go again...but we might.
FROM HAWKEYE GS: I like Tom Peters: Ready, Fire, Aim. So many times in the corporate world it has been, Ready, Aim, Aim,.... FROM JACK: As you know, it's the same on the basketball court.
FROM ED IN ARIZONA: After working out I take ten minutes to stretch and think. With my eyes closed stretching I listen to this song (Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen) - it never fails to give me the chills. Try it! FROM JACK: You are a most interesting person! Do you wear sunscreen when you're out hiking? What number? And what about the other advice? One person that I know is going through some difficult times. He says that Yoga works for him.
FROM CJL IN OHIO: You're watching the 500, I'm sure. Who will win it? Where will Danica end up? FROM JACK: No Danica this year. One of the Penske cars will probably win. He's from around here.
FROM BBC IN ILLINOIS: one of my favorite quotes you've put across. Such fun before a holiday weekend. We must take some risks in life! FROM JACK: Do you know the song, Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen?
FROM B & I IN FLORIDA: We feel thattype of activity is a serious waste of energy that should be directed to a more positive activity in life. FROM JACK: I'll bet you drove the tractor really fast out there on the farm.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: It was out of my control not to answer you early today. My grandson spent the night to help me distribute 8 yards of cedar mulch....the rest of the family came over later to help and have a BBQ including my niece and her husband. So, all I can say is we are taking control and taking it easy this weekend. Our family always goes to Greenfield Village on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day. The rest of the weekend will be easy....if we have any control at all!
FROM LK IN OHIO: I'd rather go much slower and not even attempt to be in control of everything. FROM JACK: The the Indy 500 is not for you. You might try a 3-wheel cycle,
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: I'm going fast enough for this 80 yr. old bod! ha! Bill's brother Darren and their friends went to Indie 500 every year...I guess it was like a reunion of old friends and fans. I would think watching cars race around the track all day (or weekend) would be b-o-r-i-n=g! But they loved it Fred (our son) pastored the Big Baptist Church in Indianapolis, for 14 yrs. and a lot of the churches simply closed down services on that Sunday, due to traffic and noise!! Their church did not, but attendance was usually considerably down.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
“All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” (MLK, Jr) It’s frustrating, isn’t it? When we solve one particular problem, another seems to take its place. It’s like that in the world and even in our personal lives. The goal is not to erase all problems, but to develop ways to face them when they present themselves, and to do it positively and constructively. It’s not always easy, but let’s not give up. ;-) Jack
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: It seems like the problem is solved but we still need to come face-to-face with God and even more deeply realize our utter and total dependence on Him. I think the challenge of us with each other is to be always at the ready to point to God when we see a person, friend or enemy, at this critical and crucial uncture. This is a thought-provoking WW but probably one many of us have seen happen time and again. Thanks to MLK, Jr., thanks to you for bringing them to the light.
FROM EMTSINGS IN MICHIGAN: Ain't it the truth!
FROM MOLINER CF: You are so right. Attitude drives altitude.
FROM DM IN MICHIGAN: It's serendipitous how the Spirit directs you to write that which I need to read - when I need it! Thanks, my friend... FROM JACK: Serendipity is sometimes another word for the Holy Spirit.
FROM SG IN TAMPA: That is all true, but it is inspiring,too. Having just attended a graduation at Georgetown University last week and an 8th grade graduation today in Tampa, it is exciting to see all of the young people with their plans for the future now that they have passed this milestone. FROM JACK: Each graduating class can hear the same message, and it is usually appropriate.
FROM AM IN MICHIGAN: You are so right. I had a challenge today. I hung in. Kept cool. Walked away. Challenger came to me later in meeting and apologized for inappropriate behavior. I accepted the apology and I felt good. Never give up is a motto I believe in but keeping calm is sometimes more difficult for
me. It is easier than it used to be. I have been focusing on deepening my prayer life. This is the greatest stabilizer
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
“Before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish.” (Einstein) In both OT and NT, there are these words: “Who has known the mind of the Lord?” But if we were able to know the mind of the Lord, I think that we’d see that he has a sense of humor, besides true discernment. Einstein was probably making a commentary on our judgment as to what is wise and what is foolish. ;-) Jack
FROM JK IN MICHIGAN: Lately I have been curious about Albert Einstein. I think that his faith was much deeper than people think. I belive that Albert Einstein was discovering God through science much like Newton, Pascal, Euler, et al. (I wonder if that is why his work is still honored today?) FROM JACK: I've always tried to teach that it is G-d who makes the judgment with regard to one's faith. I've learned much from some who have been brought up in a different tradition than mine, and I also hope that they have learned from me.
FROM PRJS ON VACATION: So, Jack Freed knows the mind of the Lord...."he has a sense of humor..." I always suspected that you and God were in touch.... FROM JACK: I always try to use qualifiers in situations like this. Please note: "IF we were able to know...." and "I THINK we'd see..." Some would call these Weasel Words, but they simply show that I admit that I don't "know" the mind of God.
FROM RI IN BOSTON: Speaking for myself, I think I'll have to revise Einstein. Before God I'm short on "wise" and long on "foolish". FROM JACK: Since I'm not God, I won't comment.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: We should all be deeply grateful God judges us with His tremendous love and not based on how wise or foolish we truly are as none of us would "pass"! FROM JACK: I think Saint Paul had it right: "I am the chief of sinners."
FROM RP IN FLORIDA: That's a good one only frequently some are more equal than others!!!!!! FROM JACK: I'm trying to process "more equal." Like: "Is there such a thing as 110%?" Iknow what you mean; I'm just thinking outside of the box, if there is such a thing.
FROM CJL IN OHIO: So who cares about pink Cadillacs? FROM JACK: I once knew an Augustana pastor who always drove Cadillacs. I asked him about it, and he said that there was a dealer in his town who would always give him a good deal on a used Cadillac when his needed replacing. I don't recall that he every drove one with a pink paint job.
FROM MOLINER CF: Didn't someone before Einstein say "All men are created equal?" FROM JACK: Yes, but do know who said it and when? (without looking it up)
FROM DS IN SAN DIEGO: Jack -- this one is PERFECT for many of our Bible study discussions. I have a problem thinking any of us would be on "equal footing" with the likes of Hitler, Stalin, etc. etc., but we really
don't know God's mind. They may have all been part of his "Master Plan" an we can not possibly understand his way of thinking. FROM JACK: In a sense, that is true, but when we have regular contact with a person, we have a pretty good idea how that person thinks. It's that way with me and my wife. Your wife probably knows your way of thinking, too. When we have regular contact with God through prayer and the reading of scripture, we can "understand" his thinking. The Master's Plan is to give us each free will, not to program us as robots. His judgments are his, and his alone, to make. I choose not to do that job for him.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: Einstein probably thought God alone knows each person perfectly, and we DO all have our times of wisdom, and foolishness, even Einstein. I read his excellent (and in depth ) biography last year, and he certainly was an eccentric, and non-committed husband and father, it seems...as many genius's have been...not practical people ! His parents really did not raise him in a faith, Jewish or otherwise. It wasn't
important to him. FROM JACK: I think that our "upbringing" has much to do with who we are, but that is only part of the equation. We build on the foundation that we have been given.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” (Katherine Hepburn) That’s how I feel about sending out WWs. The words I choose are ones that please me. If they interest you, I’m pleased because of that, too. Some critics called Kate, “Box-Office Poison,” but I think that she showed them and pleased herself by winning 4 Oscars. I liked her in, “On Golden Pond.” ;-) Jack
FROM MS IN MICHIGAN: Your words interest and please many of us! FROM JACK: A pleasant response!
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Make it two for this situation. FROM JACK: Numbers are not always how success is measured, but numbers sometimes make us smile inside.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: You invented a great format for a blog--quotes from the widest selection of people, identification of who the person is where we can get a point of contact in our memories, plus your own short commentary which, to me, are every bit as fascinating as the quotes so then not-famous people write their commentary too, which are also every bit as fascinating to me as the famous people's quotes. This is a WB Winning Blog!!!!!!!!!! FROM JACK: It makes me happy to have such a wide variety of interesting people in my computer address book. There's a story for each of them...including you!
FROM GUSTIE MN: So did I--- FROM JACK: I also liked The African Queen.
FROM MOLINER CF: Reminds me of my two favorite book titles: Kate's "Me" and David Brinkley's "Everybody is entitled to my opinion." FROM JACK: To be opinionated is not necessarily bad. I respect your opinions ....most of the time.
FROM MOLINER JT: Every WW is interesting to me.. You chose well.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: I liked her in everything...I saw her in person, when she starred in West Side Waltz, in Chicago, and even at her advanced age at that point, she was a commanding presence in the theater! Guess Who's Coming For Dinner was one of my favorites, which turned out to be Spence's last movie. Her autobiography is a fascinating read. I think she was quite lonely in her old age. FROM JACK: I think that many "stars" have a problem with the aging process, but time goes on for the human being, including us.
FROM AM IN MICHIGAN: You certainly please me with your"words" and I am sure there are many more.
FROM JACK: I aim to please...or, as Popeye used to say, "We aims to please."
Monday, May 24, 2010
“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you’re right.” (Mary Kay Ash – sent by Ray and Mary Ann) I saw one of the pink Mary Kay cars next to me at the gas station recently. That driver must have made a lot of sales to get such a special car. Evidently she was one of those who acted upon the advice of Mary Kay. A positive attitude might get you a pink Cadillac. ;-) Jack
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: "Thinking doesn't make it so, thinking makes it possible." -Jon Hanson, The Little Book of Malapropisms, Witticisms, and Annoyances (currently being written). A positive attitude alone is not sufficient. A positive attitude combined with lots of efficient work that the marketplace values--wins the Cadillac and most things of value in life. A great attitude is an excellent starting point though. FROM JACK: Agreed. WWs is simply a jumping off place for additional thoughts. Yours is a good response. MORE FROM JON: Jack, remember always; it is often you that provides the jumping off place. That is why I enjoy our back and forth. I had a great time this weekend seeing my favorite liberal Paul Reece at a song writing seminar. Saturday night my daughter Paige and I went to a concert performed by Jim Photoglo (another of my favorite liberals). He was fantastic.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: After all this justice thinking last week and getting embroiled in it, "If you think others can, they can" don't think I want to think "others can't" and be right. Maybe the secret is everyone has to get together to think people can, Mary Kay as well as her sales lady for her to get her special pink car. Even if Mary Kay said "If you think you can't, you're right" in the back of her mind while she was advising her sales
lady, I think she must have been thinking "I'm trying to help you not to think that way and be more positive about your abilities." Thanks for helping us to think already today FROM JACK: I see that you have your thinking cap on today.
FROM PRJS ON VACATION: I already have a red Cadillac....without selling a single Mary Kay item....My take on this is "If you think you can, you have a reasonable chance to do it".....Positive thinking can be helpful but it alone won't help you beat Roger Federer FROM JACK: Moving from "I think I can" to "I know I can" worked for The Little Train.
FROM DMF IN MINNESOTA: Mary Kay stole that quote from Henry Ford. FROM JACK: "Whether You Think You Can or Can't, You're Right"--Henry Ford
FROM INDY GENIE: kind of off the subject but because of today's ww's, i'm sitting here at my desk singing aretha franklin's "pink cadillac"....and enjoying myself! actually one of the lines is sort of appropriate for today's theme......"who know how far a car can get before you think about slowin' on down" FROM JACK: I think I'll look at it on u-tube. I DID, and it sounds pretty good.
ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS:
Knew you'd be a vision in white
How'd you get those pants so tight?
Don't know what you're doin'
But you must be livin' right
We got some places to see
I brought all the maps with me
So jump right in...Ain't no sin
Take a ride in my machine
City traffic movin' way too slow
Drop the pedal and go...go...go
Goin' ridin' on the freeway of love
Wind's against our back
Goin' ridin' on the freeway of love
In my pink cadillac
Goin' ridin' on the freeway of love
Wind's against our back
Ain't we ridin' on the freeway of love
In my pink Cadillac?
Never you mind the exit signs
We got lots of time
We can't quit 'til we get
To the other side
With the radio playin' our song
We keep rollin' on
Who knows how far a car can get
Before you think about slowin' on down
City traffic movin' way too slow
Drop the pedal and go...go...go
FROM MOLINER CF: I wonder if a guy ever won one and would he drive it if he did. Had a sales contest once and the person who won got to keep his job. FROM JACK: Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I don't believe you should need incentives to do your job. I had the contest with myself!
FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: Actually, Mary Kay borrowed one that from our 'homie', Henry Ford. FROM JACK: We are all borrowers at one time or another. We don't always add footnotes. MORE FROM MT: yes, of course....not to mention the fact that we sometimes borrow without having any realization that we have done so, and to take it a step further, it's entirely possible that a third party named her as the source, even though Mary Kay gave ol' Henry credit!
FROM DM IN MICHIGAN: Great piece...In automotive sales I worked with a Mary Kay Cadillac person, and she was phenomenal....Even came to Ply., MI to get a Cadillac one time at Don Massey.....little did I know then in the 1982 time frame that I would "labor in the vineyard" close-by.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: WHOOP! WHOOP! Wouldn't that be a perk and a half??! This reminds me of a poem that "Bill had our children memorize. They can say it perfectly to this day!
"If you think you're beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't,
If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you've lost,
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will,
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you're outclassed, you are.
You have to think high to rise.
You need to be sure of yourself,
Before you can win the prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins,
If the one who thinks he can!
Helped them to think positive...
Friday, May 21, 2010
“Past and future are in the mind only. I am the now.” (Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj) After the loss of his wife and daughter this Indian spiritual teacher sought advice from his guru. “Concentrate on the present!” My step-father had the same philosophy, only he expressed it with more pedestrian words. I may (or may not) put them in the blog. We can’t change the past. The future hasn’t happened. Concentrate on now! ;-) Jack
FROM JACK: This is the saying my step-father would use. “Forget about yesterday, plan a little bit for tomorrow, and live like hell today”
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: I like your Step-father's version! Like the saying "Today is a gift...that's why it is called the present". When you are in your 8th decade, you learn (Hopefully) to live each day as tho it were your last...one day it will be. If that is not too morbid! Our good friend Rusty is an undertaker with Bisch Funeral HOme, and when anyone would whine or complain, he'd point to the sign on his desk, "REMEMBER, Every Day Above Ground Is a Good One!" Helps to put things into perspective! FROM JACK: The real reality show.
FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: That makes us pretty one-dimensional people!!! FROM JACK: Now is the only time we have.
FROM LIZ IN ILLINOIS: My friend, John, studies different religions as one of his many hobbies. He's interested in and well-read in everything, it seems. Like you, Jack. The Hindis have many nice ideas about life.
FROM JACK: One of my favorite courses at Augie was Oriental Philosophy.
FROM JE IN MICHIGAN: This really hit me today. With this retirement incentive, there will be complete upheaval throughout the next year at work. I need to concentrate on today, now ,and not waste time worry about what will happen. You know the saying: "What have you done for me today?" I thank God for my faith and friends like you. FROM JACK: I like what my step-father said...earlier in this blog.
I remember this hymn that used to be sung.
- Be not dismayed whate'er betide,
God will take care of you!
Beneath His wings of love abide,
God will take care of you!
- God will take care of you,
Through every day o'er all the way;
He will take care of you;
God will take care of you!
God will take care of you!
When dangers fierce your path assail,
God will take care of you!
God will take care of you!
Trust Him, and you will be satisfied,
God will take care of you!
FROM CWR IN B'MORE: .........I would have liked your step-father. Cheers!
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: tried substituting "live like heaven today" but much prefer your step-father's words--he sounds like a very passionate man full of vim and vigor.
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or
not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."— Buddha
FROM PRCJL IN OHIO: Remember what the coach of the KC Chiefs said: Yesterday is a cancelled check,
Tomorrow is a promisory note, Today is the only ready cash we have. FROM JACK: You can bank on it.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
"If someone offers you a gift and you decline to accept it, the other person still owns the gift. The same is true of insults and verbal attacks.” (Steve Pavlina) From what I’ve read about Pavlina, his life could be called, checkered, to say the least. But he was able to take his problem-experiences and teach others how to rise above their own. This idea of how to handle insults and verbal attacks is just one example. ;-) Jack
FROM MK IN MICHIGAN: I love this, there are times I have a very sharp tongue I will keep this in mind! It is getting warm today Jack stay cool! FROM JACK: In the Bible, in the Letter of James, chapter 3, there's a "cool" description of the power of the tongue. I think you can Google it....the chapter, not the tongue.
FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: The same thing is true of God's gracious offer of love and forgiveness....it is there for us....all we have to do is say "thank you" FROM JACK: That's putting a positive spin on Pavlina's words.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: The difficulty I have in figuring out what I still own is when someone doesn't verbally decline but declines in their heart/mind. I once gave my husband a gift coupon to send away for a morel mushroom starting kit, which he never sent away for. He maybe figured it was foolish to even try but didn't want to say so. A lot of us have difficulty expressively declining because we don't want the further discussion so no one exactly knows who owns the gift or even the insult or verbal attack. In the case of the morel mushroom gift, the company really made out. I'm enjoying reflecting on these Winning Words today. One thing, I do think I am able to be expressive in prayers to God more than I am to any other person so all the stuff of the heart/mind do continue to get sorted out, some sort of truth is accepted between me and others and I don't need to worry too much about who owns what and know forgiveness is always available for each situation. FROM JACK: Maybe he forgot. Husbands are sometimes like that. MORE FROM SH: the morel saga continues. Here in Lansing they have a Michigania store. Found a book for another gift for my husband, Morels. Has a chapter on "Theorizing Morels" and "The Science of Morels." "The world is a fungal jungle." Doesn't that sound interesting? He should have some sort of present from this trip to Lansing.
FROM RP IN FLORIDA: Seems like I remember this winning word from my childhood as "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me" I always told my salespeople in training that NO is an indication to try harder or graciously withdraw, but it will never physically hurt you so learn to accept it in context. FROM JACK: Yours is good advice for those in the business of selling. Come to think about it, we're all in the business of selling (ourselves).
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: That is a good one, and I really hadn't thought of ownership of verbal attacks! Fortunately I haven't had to deal with many of those, but I like the thought of rejection, and "ownership"! FROM JACK: The blog is helpful, because it allows readers to express other thoughts on the subject....like PRJS IN MICHIGAN.
FROM MOLINER CF: Unless you are stone deaf, insults and attacks are received; maybe not accepred, but received. FROM JACK: Maybe it's just selective hearing, but no "insults"' stick in my mind. Don't try to start now.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
“The way to get started is to quit talking and start doing.” (Walt Disney) The road to success was not easy for Disney. There were many failures and setbacks in things he tried to do. But he kept at it. Eventually he hit on the idea of creating a cartoon character named, Mickey Mouse. Sometimes we get so caught up in “talking” that we never get around to “doing.” A good slogan is: “Walk the talk!” ;-) Jack
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Sorry I didn't see this earlier, I was out doing...:) FROM JACK: Since yours is the first response, it must mean that others are still "doing." What? I don't know.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: There seems to be two things my talking is a preamble to my doing. Doing those things which I feel totally unqualified to do so I procrastinate and procrastinate and talk with close people until I get up the courage to try to do. And changing my mind about something--something there is a gut feeling that changing my mind will actually be the right thing to do and "talking and sharing it all out" helps the process get to doing. I'd like to create a Mickey Mouse to vicariously live out all my conundrums through but Walt Disney did it well enough to suit me, from childhood to adulthood. FROM JACK: That's a very thoughtful response. Did you know that Disney first called his cartoon character, Mortimer Mouse? It didn't work for Walt, but it did for Edgar Bergen.
FROM JD IN MICHIGAN: This is a common issue among engineers.....wrote up on dry erase board at Chrysler today.....good stuff...love these! FROM JACK: Glad you could use it.
FROM LG IN MICHIGAN: Today's quote reminds me of the saying, "If nothing changes, nothing changes." We've gotta quit talkin' and start doin' for sure! I've really enjoyed the last few quotes, Jack! Been too busy to reply, but have added them to my ongoing "Pearls of Wisdom" journal...Here's one I saw today that caught my eye for those struggling to cope with family problems... Nobody's family can hang out the sign "Nothing the matter here." I don't know who wrote it, but it sure rings true! Have a great day! FROM JACK: You always seem to come up with some good and relevant responses.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: Amen, brother. And what a fertile imagination Disney had! It takes me longer to "get in gear" now, but thankfully I can still "do" it. I am presenting my latest humorous program "1000 Sr moments" (Of which I remember just a few...) for our Senior Prime Rib dinner tomorrow night. I've already given it for women'[s club, but tweaked it for this, as it will be men and women., I sure miss my twin Jan. So much more fun and easier to share a program. But, as I say, I thought about and thought about doing this, and finally got it written up and ready to "do". FROM JACK: "Amen, brother!" sounds like some kind of Baptist. Did people call out like that during Bill's sermons. I was preaching in a church in Detroit once, and someone shouted out something that got me so frustered that I lost my place. I finally left my notes on the pulpit, walked to the center aisle and "just talked" to the people.
FROM JK IN MICHIGAN: I have been pondering why Christians aren't the best in their fields in the relationships, finance, etc.? I think it is because we focus too much on 'why' we need salvation (e.g. self awareness), rather than 'what' salvation is leading us toward. [Quit Talking & Start Doing]. I believe that the functional side of salvation literally means living a life of achievement beyond your circumstances like Jesus modeled. Inferring from your example of Walt Disney below; Walt could have judged himself unworthy
by all his failures but he was able to tap into something bigger than himself to press on. The last time I visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida I noticed a theme in the company's vision statement encouraging boldness combined with innovation. I propose that Walt Disney's greatest gift isn't the media or entertainment, but a confidence in one's vision to persevere. ***Today's winning word is very similar to the quote listed in my Franklin Planner for 5/19/10: "Success is to measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as much as by the obstacles which he has overcome" - Booker T. Washington FROM JACK: You raise some thought-provoking ideas. Thanks. I liked your comment about the Disney vision statement. Maybe we each should develop our own vision statement. I liked the BTW quote, too.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: What I Did today So Far..?
Washed floor in shower and bathroom, mde bed, did 3 loads laundry, vaccuumed entire lower floor, unloaded dishwasher, washed the windows, talked to two of my three sisters, made egg salad for two nieces, 2 grandsons, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 daughter, three granddogs, dusted the living room, read my devotion and Bible and was finished by 10:30. FROM JACK: Your knee must be feeling better. I'll bet you didn't kneel down on the floor.
FROM MOLINER CF: Some of the people talk all of the time and all of the people talk some of the time, but all of the people don't talk all of the time. (Abe Tillberg) FROM JACK: Some of the people do it etc.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
“Happy is he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” (Schiller) This is an interesting follow up to yesterday’s quote. There are things that we can (and need to) change. We need to get busy doing that. But then certain things happen that are beyond our ability to change them. What we can do is learn a positive way to bear them. Do you have some suggestions…even some that have worked for you? ;-) Jack
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Maybe "At peace" is the man who learns to bear what he cannot change.
I have a friend of 35 years that has progressively become a pretty serious alcoholic. I cannot change him, I love and accept him, and to the extent he is functioning I try to treat him like everyone else. I can never be happy about it, but I have decided to be at peace with it at least in my daily thoughts. Those that have tried to intervene are no longer friends. Maybe that's where I should be. I am just vain enough to think he needs my nonjudgmental friendship more than my unvarnished opinion... FROM JACK: Alcoholism is a complex problem. There are various ways of dealing with it. Today's quote is appropriate for those who care about the alcoholic, but are frustrated, because there seems to be no solution. "Intervention" worked in a couple of cases that I know about. I've known some alcoholics who've found help through AA. A "few" have done it "cold turkey." But peace does not always come easy.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Keep reading and re-reading the Psalms. Someone else already experienced the loneliness and pains and challenges and emotions and feelings and set-backs we are going through. We're in good company and never alone. FROM JACK: Some good suggestions.
FROM GP IN MICHIGAN: So! Today's winning words are designed to make me wonder? FROM JACK: Your response reminds me of what the disciples did at the ascension of Jesus. They stood, looking up in wonderment. Two angels appeared and said, "Why do you stand looking up (wondering)?" The disciples then went, gathered to pray, and went out to tell the good news. I have to remind myself to do something about that which "amazes" me.
FROM SG IN TAMPA: Prayer FROM JACK: If we were sitting down in a face to face discussion, I might ask: "What do you mean by that?" ...and then both of us would be enlightened. But, yours is a good suggestion!
Monday, May 17, 2010
“Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself.” (Leo Tolstoy) This was sent by a friend of mine who is dealing with some serious health issues. Isn’t it interesting that his focus is not just on himself, but on that which will benefit us all…a willingness to accept and embrace change? ;-) Jack
FROM MY FRIEND: Day 29, Friday
I started my chemo today. It is always scary to start a new venture. My sister and my wife came down this afternoon at about 1:30 and stayed to about 6:45. My son stopped as well on his way home from work. He goes by here on the way home toward Toledo. When you start a new venture it always makes it easier if you do this with good friends and family. The staff team at Karmanos is just great. They are very much on top of the situation and I feel comfortable. It is 16 laps around our floor that make one mile. Today I was able to walk my goal of 2 miles a day. In my bible reading today there was a great verse that gave me strength. "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." I Thessalonians 5: 16 This is a great verse. It is hard to be joyful and still pray for others. It is hard to give thanks to God for the blessings you receive. When you are going through tough times it is hard to believe that it is the will of God for you through Christ Jesus. Still, it is indeed! I will be looking for this will in the next days. The thirty days in the hospital will be for me a spiritual journey. My wife and I have always tried to take each of life situations and make them into the best of times. It is hard to take the secular and turn it into the sacred. It was Leo Tolstoy who said, "Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing themselves. Let us be among those who believe that the inner transformation of our lives is a goal worthy of our best effort." The prayer of transformation that I will offer each day is a prayer for you and for others. I will put you on my mind and heart. I am also thinking of the 24 families in the Wayne County Family Center. These homeless families need prayers to find a new way. Pray they have an inner transformation. (Did you know that $3500 will transform one of our rooms in the center? The rooms are presently pretty shabby and need some sprucing up.) Meanwhile I will pray for you and yours. We are a blessed people. Lord help us know this.
FROM LIZ IN ILLINOIS: My favorite Michael Jackson song goes, "I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways... if you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make that change." FROM JACK: Here's a poem I've always liked...written by Anon.
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in you life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you’re a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum
If you can’t look him straight in the eye.
He’s the fellow to please-never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end.
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: My Dad was an inventor....he embraced change. My mother was a traditionalist. She liked to stay rooted. I am a little of each. I like to stay rooted in the midst of change. Both/And has generally suited me rather than Either/Or. FROM JACK: I know that you consider me to be a middle of the roader, but I never thought that you saw yourself in that way
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: This all is so strengthening for this week. Hope at the end of the week, I can look in the mirror and think to myself "I've been true in this world" but also sort of hope no one is throwing stones at me for it. And I don't throw any stones either. I can really understand why people want to avoid conflict and be comfortable and accepted in the group.
FROM MOLINER CF: You friend sounds like somebody I wish I knew. FROM JACK: He is a remarkable person.
FROM JO IN MICHIGAN: I have discovered that it is in times of personal distress that we are given an opportunity to look around us tor dynamics outside of our normal view. That is what has been happeining to me, especially with my job and other issuess. FROM JACK: Opportunities abound. Robert Schuller once wrote about turing your "scars into stars."
FROM JT IN MINNESOTA: I work with a care giver group for persons caring for someone with dementia ie
Alzheimers'. We always close the group by holding hands and saying the Serenity Prayer. "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdon to know the difference." The prayer so speaks to us. I meet awesome people in this group. Both those caring for the person with dementia and the person with dementia. Courage is an appropriate word.
FROM CA IN MICHIGAN: This one is for me ! How did you know? FROM JACK: Where HE leads me, I will follow. It's amazing how some WWs find their way into the lives of some people.
Friday, May 14, 2010
“Intelligent people are always eager and ready to learn” (Proverbs 18:15) Proverbs is sometimes called, The Book of Wisdom. It was one of the first books that got me interested in reading the Bible. I checked, and found that I had underlined these verses: 17:22 …18:24 …20:29 …26:11 …31:10. It might be interesting to see if these are interesting to you, also, or if there are others that are your favorites. ;-) Jack
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Heck, now you led me to read all of "Ode to a Capable Wife". A tall order and sort of intimidating but I like 31:25 "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." FROM JACK: I wonder if you husband is familiar with this chapter.
FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: I also like 26:17 FROM JACK: I can't remember seeing that verse before. I like it. By mistake I went to 27:7. That's good, too. 26:11 also is a good one.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: I love it...steatlh Bible study! I can definitely see why you would appreciate Vs 20:29 but 26:11 surprised me a little. And 31:10-29 was read at my mom's funeral by the grandkids. She had the best funeral ever and my dad the second best! They were truly special and especially loved by the grandkids and great grandkids. Anyway, my6 favorites are 20:11, 14:15, and 16:3 & 24, but I could sit here all day and point out verses I like. It's a wonderful book of the Bible. One of my favorites. Ruth is another one.
FROM JACK: Stealth Bible study?....I like it. I always enjoyed teaching Proverbs. There are so many "hidden" truths in that book. Some you could call, Winning Words
FROM THRIVENT TOM IN MICHIGAN: You've hit one of my very favorite books also. Although I've not yet looked up yours, Mine is 1:7. I'm known at church as the "Fear of the Lord" guy. FROM JACK: It's too bad that many people see the word "fear" as meaning "to be afraid of." I'd like to think that the people in your church see you as one who has great respect and awe with regard to the Lord. I see you in that way.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: I like those...tho how about extending 31:10 through 31?! The whole ode...what a wife! :-) Contrast with 25:24! Also 25:11-12, 26:21, 27:2... Your saying is true...life-long learning is a pleasure to intelligent people!! FROM JACK: I figured that the readers would become so interested that they would continue on to the end of the chapter. Someone called it, a stealth Bible study.
FROM PRPH IN MINNESOTA: so THIS is where you get all your wisdom!! you and Solomon would have made a good team, if in fact he wrote the book.
FROM JG IN MINNESOTA: I have three of the five Proverbs verses you mentioned marked in my Bible, also. There are so many in Proverbs, but I think 16:3 and 15:13 are special, too. I trust all is well with you. We have had a beautiful day! Everyone welcomed the sun, after lots of clouds and some rain this week. It is always good to read the Winning Words you send each day.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
“Age merely shows what children we remain.” (Goethe) The Happy Birthday Song entertains children and the aged, as well. The music was composed in 1859 and the words were written by two teachers in 1893. It is said that no song is sung more frequently than “Happy Birthday to You.” Do you know of someone who’s having a birthday today? Why not call them up and sing “the song” to them? ;-) Jack
FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: i never miss a chance to sing "happy birthday " to anyone. i hear it several times a day as the children wash their hands. we have been taught to do that by the health dept. to insure we scrub long enough! from the moths of babes...charlie's going to kindergarten in the fall. he told me the other day that his babysitter, bobby, doesn't want him to grow up. i told him that he can't stop the growing up but he can stop the growing old. he replied, "that's kinda like you right, ms. mary?" FROM JACK: Today is daughter Jeanne's BD, She came to Grayslake when she was only a few week's old.
FROM MOLINER CF: Why not call them up and sing, "Happy New Day" to them? FROM JACK: The phone or the keyboard is in your hands. May 13 birthdays include.... Stephen Colbert, Dennis Rodman, Stevie Wonder, Ritchie Valens, Bea Arthur, Joe Louis and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
FROM GUSTIE MN: I did just that on Sunday. It was my son Craig’s 48th birthday. I find that hard to believe!
FROM JACK: ...which makes his mother even older.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: For quite a few years now, on each of my relatives' birthdays, I have typed out the Happy Birthday song to them in e-mails. That's probably kinder to them than my calling them up and trying to sing it. But when my eyesight goes, definitely I'll call and sing. FROM JACK: Sounds like a good idea.
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Isn’t it actions and words, rather than age that show our immaturity? I have not found maturity to be doled out equally in proportion to age.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: That is something I frequently do...call and sing on people's b.days. Even if the answering machine takes the message, it is fun to hear it played back. I'm sure many, many, do this...I didn't know there was such a lapse from the time the melody was written until the words were composed...And such complicated lyrics, at that! Ha! When is YOUR b.day?! FROM JACK: Life can be fun if you look to make it that way. April Fool's Day is another favorite of mine. Jo Anne Worley has the same birthday as I do, tho she is ten years younger. Didn't you enjoy her on Laugh-In?
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
“If you behave like a doormat, expect to be stepped on and don’t complain about it.” (Suzette Haden Elgin) I saw some ads for personalized doormats: Welcome! Just Don’t Expect Much---I Am Not Your Doormat---Welcome! You Open The Wine & I’ll Cut The Cheese---Oh No!! Not You Again…Warning! My Dog Can’t Hold His Licker. How would you design a doormat for your house? ;-) Jack
FROM HS IN MICHIGAN: Then how shall I behave? BEHAVE LIKE A DOORMAT: welcome others into your home! FROM JACK: That's a good suggestion, but sometimes easier said than done. Actions speak louder than words.
FROM RI IN BOSTON: "Don't just wipe your shoes...remove them." FROM JACK: Our children have adopted the custom of removing their shoes when entering the house, although they didn't learn it at home. Do you have that custom in your home? It's a good one. Of course we're writing about something different than Nikes. MORE FROM RI: We do remove our shoes at the door, something that came from Hiroko's culture. Initially it was a matter of cleanliness, but it followed that walking about without shoes is also healthy for the feet, so we benefited that way too. In the house we walk with bare feet or slippers. Mori has followed in the habit, and then his wife adopted the manner too. Now when we go to the in-laws home we find everyone's shoes in the vestibule, and using slippers or stockings inside the home. Other friends have begun the custom too...it seems to be spreading. FROM JACK: Can you teach an old dog new tricks?
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Ours says "Home of a Proud Army Family". My son has been in Iraq for 6 weeks. FROM JACK: I remember when you first told of his decision to enter the Army and how proud you were of him. The son of a friend of mine will soon be leaving for Afghanistan with the Special Services. We are proud of those who are making sacrifices (that we often take for granted) for us.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Welcome, pardon the clutter - we live here. FROM JACK: I like it.
FROM HAWKEYE GS: Welcome to HAWKEYELAND. FROM JACK: If the mat fits.... It does!
FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: i'd like a "lillypad" FROM JACK: How appropriate!
FROM MT IN PHILADELPHIA: ...and then there's the doormat that says, simply: "Go Away!" (Amusing, but not what I would want!) FROM JACK: An angel might be turned away, unawares.
FROM DMF IN MINNESOTA: I like it better when the comments enlighten the meaning of the WW, instead of being used as a launching pad for something totally different. FROM JACK: I expect to be stepped on once in a while.
FROM PRDC IN KANSAS: This reminds me of experiences during the tense 70s. As campus ministers we felt we had to be bridges with people 'walking' over us from both sides. FROM JACK: ...to be a bridge over troubled waters. CLARIFICATION FROM DC: Whoops! I misquoted our sayings. We felt like bridges being walked over from both sides.
FROM MOLINER CF: Don't tread on me FROM JACK: Or....Come in for my tea party.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: "May you be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out!"
Deuteronomy 25:6 FROM JACK: Sounds like a winner.
FROM LIZ IN ILLINOIS: I have one inside the garage to the house that says, "Go Away." It was a gift.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: WELCOME! FAITH, FRIENDS AND FAMILY THE TRIPLE "F" OF LIFE!!! Or is that just too lame?! FROM JACK: I remember hearing people called lame brains. I don't think your version of "lame" was in the vocabulary at that time.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
“Baseball is a lot like life. It’s a day-to-day existence, full of ups and downs. You make the most of your opportunities in baseball as you do it life.” (Ernie Harwell) Ernie was married to Lulu for 68 years. Broadcasting baseball was his job; being married to Lulu was his life. We have our jobs, but what is our life? It’s good question for all of us to ask…especially on a wedding anniversary date. ;-) Jack
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Yes, Ernie had his priorities correct...God first, family next and then baseball. Our life is what we make of it...as is marriage. Tomorrow, Gary and I will be married 32 years. We have had our ups and downs...a lot more ups though...and when one of us was down and out, the other picks him/her up. God is good and has led us where we are now and will continue to be our pilot. FROM JACK: Ours is today. We're ahead by 21 years. MORE FROM JUDY: opps...instead of pilot...it should be "coach"!!! MORE FROM JACK: I like the hymn, Jesus, Savior, pilot me, better than Jesus, Savior, coach me. Yes, I get your point!
FROM AM IN MICHIGAN: Mac took me to my senior prom on May 3, 1947. Split up, got together again and engaged April 26, 1949. Married 59 years on May 6. It has been a remarkable journey, through thick and thin. We are so happy to be together. Best days of our lives when we ignore the aches. "Get up, dress up and show up".. FROM JACK: Like Ernie said: "You make the most of your opportunities."
FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: mark and i just had #32. he was in asia for work. i was in new york for pleasure and diversion. it was our first anniversary apart. it reinforced the knowledge and good fortune that we are each other's life.
Monday, May 10, 2010
“Son, listen to what your father teaches you, and pay attention to what your mother says.” (Proverbs 1:8) Yesterday was Mother’s Day, which reminds me of a quote I’ve used before. “Virtue is learned at mother’s knee. Vice is learned at other joints.” My home pastor printed this in the bulletin one Mother’s Day. I liked it so much, I cut it out and put it in my Cigar Box. ;-) Jack
FROM RI IN BOSTON: Now that I'm in these later years of life, I'm listening more to what my son can teach me...but still paying attention to what "mother" says FROM JACK: You are so right. In addition, son David is my PC geek. The 3 women in my life try their "hand" at teaching, too. I try to pay attention to my teachers.
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Yes, the second quote, “Virtue is learned at mother’s knee. Vice is learned at other joints.” is a little rough. I think it is the use of mother in connection with the double entendre, “other joints.” FROM JACK: I'd tell my pastor, if I could bring him back from the grave.
FROM MOLINER CF: The older I got, the smarter my parents became.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Perhaps for daughters, the advice should be "Listen to what your mother teaches you and pay attention to what your father says." I "learned" more from my mother than my father, but I certainly listened when my loving father talked. FROM JACK: Did they advise you on what kinds of joints to hang around?
FROM JO IN MICHIGAN: Jack, that quote is great about vices being learned at other "joints". What a use of words! FROM JACK: I love my new joint.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: Love that pastor's quote...a neat turn of phrase! :-) One of my gifts at the family dinner Saturday night, celebrating my 80th b.day was a book my children had professionally edited and published containing pictures, poems, and a letter from each family member; even my 3yr. old great g.son, and my ex-daughter-in-law! Believe me that was humbling...I wish I was half the woman they portrayed me as! Something they all mentioned was my reading stories to them as they grew up, using dramatic voices to
portray the story. We did all laugh ourselves silly over Winnie The Pooh stories, and laughed and cried over Black Beauty, and the Little House on the prairie series, etc .But what a keepsake that book is! My family on Sunday filled three pews! It was wonderful! God has certainly blessed me with attentive and loving family!!! A very Memorable Mother's Day. FROM JACK: What a treasure! But, most of all, what a treasure is a caring family.
Friday, May 07, 2010
“For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of the birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.” (Song of Solomon) Ernie Harwell would open every baseball season with this reading from the Bible. He died this week. “For, lo, the life of Ernie is past; his reign as a Hall of Fame sportscaster is over and gone. But through the gift of memory his voice is still heard in our land.” ;-) Jack
FROM MF IN MICHIGAN: Thanks for this one Jack, just like many , I started listening to Ernie as a kid in the 1960's, many fond memories of becoming a Tiger fan at age ten. Then had an opportunity to meet him in person, first we visited him in the broadcast booth, a group of firefighters when Comerica first opened. Then I attended a conference where he was guest speaker. Will never forget him. FROM JACK: Now I wish I had gone to the ballpark yesterday to pay my respects. MORE FROM ML: I'm ok that we both didn't go, funerals serve a purpose, but I will remember this man for his legacy with the Tigers. No regrets FROM JACK: Most of the time, when I go to a funeral home, it's to greet the family and pay my respects that way. Once in a while, it's simply acknowledge a friendship.
FROM MK IN MICHIGAN: And what and honorable voice to hear, he is one of God's for sure! Have a good Day!! FROM JACK: We each have talents that are God-given.
FROM KZB IN COLORADO: It snowed last night here. ;-) So over it! FROM JACK: Is there ever a month when it doesn't snow in Boulder?
FROM MOLINER CF: You and your flowery words! FROM JACK: You probably never got to hear Ernie describe a baseball game. Too bad.
FROM GUSTIE MN: That was very nice. I just came from church where we put about 175 quilts on the backs of the pews. We have more for the contemporary service spot too. The ones in the Sanctuary will go to Global Health. We also have a couple for a Camp Wapagaset Bible Camp Quilt Auction and also a Habitat for Humanity Auction. I'm not sure where the rest all go. Some to Life Haven--our Home for Single Moms and babies. FROM JACK: Quilts have voices, too.
FROM JAN OF WATERFORD: What a beautiful adaptation of Solomon's song as a tribute to Ernie Harwell. An oft-used phrase from long ago was "He was a prince of a man." Ernie Harwell was, indeed, a prince.
FROM PRPH IN MINNESOTA: the voice of the turtle or the turtledove? just curious... FROM JACK: Song of Solomon 2:12
FROM TS IN MICHIGAN: Truly a man, and his life, enviable by all. FROM JACK: A man for all seasons, especially the baseball season.
FROM JT IN MICHIGAN: I like Ernie's quote from the book of Solomon but what I will always remember is when he said "Now God has a new adventure for me. And I'm ready to move on." In one of his last
conversations with Mitch Albom he said "I know into whose arms I'm gonna fall." FROM JACK: He walked the talk.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
“Most ball games are lost, not won.” (Casey Stengel) K.C. (nicknamed for his hometown, Kansas City) managed the Yankees to 5 consecutive world championships. He was called “The Old Perferser” because of his ability to talk baseball using his own brand of language. He once hid a sparrow under his cap, and when he was introduced at home plate, he tipped his cap, and the sparrow flew out. BTW, there’s a real truth in Casey’s quote today. ;-) Jack
FROM RI IN BOSTON: The game of life is somewhat the same for people...some get ahead not because they did as much as they could have, it's that others didn't do as much as they could have. FROM JACK: As Grantland Rice said long ago, "It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game."
FROM PRJS IN MICHIGAN: I worked under that theory as a tennis player....I gave the other guy a chance to make mistakes and it often worked. I won more than I lost. However, when I played the best players in the state, that theory didn't work. They simply beat me. They "won." It's like so many theories....it works pretty well but eventually you have to be able to be flexible. You can't just play "not to lose." Sometimes, you have to play to win. The Augie debate team played that way....there was no other choice when you debated for Prof. Holcomb. FROM JACK: The definitive word is, MOST. Most of the time, but not all of the time, as you have rightly put it. You know first-hand about tennis and debate.
FROM JC IN HONG KONG: No Ernie quotes???? FROM JACK: I have ESP. I knew, before I opened your e-mail, what you were going to say. The answer is: Tomorrow! By then Ernie will be Loooong Gone! I'm not going to Comerica for the viewing. You can catch his voice on U-Tube.
FROM MOLINER CF: New york should have a Stengel Stadium FROM JACK: That's a good idea. But where would the use-revenue come from. BTW, the name Browning Field is so old. How about changing it to Fanning Field...except that name would be more appropriate for a baseball diamond.
FROM DAZ IN COLORADO: Interesting WW. Just read this morning that Ernie Harwell died. Both were baseball icons. FROM JACK: Not only a great baseball announcer, but a great man of faith, too.
FROM EMT SINGS IN MICHIGAN: How true! We, of course, are avidly watching games this week and have seen evidence of that. FROM JACK: Your mother, the ultimate Twins' fan, should be ecstatic. If they'd have love, it could have been blamed on Mauer's injury. Ron will eventually respond to your letter.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: You don't 'have to convince the CUBS of that! Ha! But I understand what Casey was saying, and he is pretty perceptive with that quote! FROM JACK: Do you remember singing this song?
Hey, hey, holy mackerel,
no doubt about it,
the Cubs are on their way!
The Cubs are gonna hit today
they're gonna pitch today
they're gonna field today
come what may,
the Cubs are gonna win today!
Hey, hey holy mackerel
no doubt about it
The Cubs are on their way
They've got the hustle
they've got the muscle
the Chicago Cubs are on their way!!!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
“Neither despise nor oppose what thou dost not understand.” (Wm Penn) Penn was an early champion of democracy and religious freedom. He was one of the first advocates for a union of the colonies. His views on framing a government became an inspiration for the U.S. Constitution. When we think of the founders of our country, we need to reserve a place for him. ;-) Jack
FROM RI IN BOSTON: That's sound advice from Mr. Penn, but it seems to me a lot of people think they understand something when they actually don't entirely understand it. In praise of Wm Penn, he was a visionary, introducing urban planning to the rugged land that is now Philadelphia. FROM JACK: History, religion, how government works, urban planning, genetics...the list could go on and on. There's so much for us to learn. I feel uncomfortable to the presence of those who have all of the answers.
FROM HS IN MICHIGAN: Similar to the recent message! Turning on FOX now! FROM JACK: FOX? I'll have to see if our TV gets that channel.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Your WW together with Henri Nouwen's meditation are giving me a good economic lesson today. "Neither oppose nor despise what you don't understand" and "I will love you God, but first show me your generosity." seem to me both to be stewardship talk and the need to appreciate and trust God. In Bible study this week, we are studying Luke's story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. It's all coming together for more understanding for a lot of us as we study and share insights. FROM JACK: Learning, especially from one another, is so much fun.
FROM HAWKEYE GS: Do you know it took 180 years to draw up the Constitution? FROM JACK: "Vas you dere Charlie?" Do you know who said that? It probably longer to craft the Constitution, if you research every nuance.
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Without some context around this quote it is a recipe for pacifists. I presume it was a call by Penn to seek wisdom and understanding—not inaction. We claim not to understand terrorists, but I think they should be opposed. After many years I have found despising anything or anyone takes too much energy and mental real estate—it is an emotion without a positive payoff available. Hate is the most awful of
emotions it destroys the container that holds it. FROM JACK: What interested me about this quote, was that it led me to a further understanding of Wm Penn and what he contributed to the building of the United States (united states). I don't see the connection with pacifism or terrorism, but that's just me. I see WP calling for people to "understand" before they make judgmental statements.
FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: poignant quote in lieu of the controversy surrounding national day of prayer. we, as citizens, have the freedom to choose not to pray. FROM JACK: I seem to remember it at The World Day of Prayer. I'll have to research the change. Making it a "National" would tend to make it more controversial. I will participate in our community's observance tomorrow at the Catholic Church. Religions, other than Christian, will be represented, as in the past. We go away with an added appreciation of other faith groups.
FROM JACK: Here's an e-mail that I received and is worth sharing with you. FROM GP IN MICHIGAN: This morning I woke to the news that one of my favorite people had passed away. Ernie Harwell at age 92 was taken to his new home. I had the good fortune to have met and spent time in his company several times over the last few years. It amazed me that he had such a phenomenal memory. Some years ago, he was a speaker at our little church. My Dad had driven up from Flat Rock just because he really liked Ernie. But on that day, he ended up in conversation with Ernie about some stories of baseball players that I had the privilege to play American Legion ball with, one of them being, as we called him then, "Specs" Fred Gladding who went on to pitch major league baseball and ended his career as a coach for the Tigers. Some YEARS later, Ernie remembered meeting my Dad and asked after him. I was sad to tell him that my Dad has passed away. Ironically to cancer. Ernie put his arms around me and said " Your Dad was a good man. He is in the Lords' Hand now - A much better place." I never forgot that. MORE FROM JACK: Ernie spoke at Holy Spirit Church in 1985 as a guest of Ray Lane, who was a member at that time. It was very inspiration, in fact like a well-crafted sermon. He was truly one of the disciples of Jesus.
FROM MOLINER CF: You might say that with the stroke of a Penn, a new nation was born.
FROM CJL IN OHIO: reading...including WW's FROM JACK: I read the newspapers, Newsweek, Christian Century, The Lutheran, occasional books from the lbrary and two daily devotional books. What do you read?
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: Indeed, and his contributions were (are) unheralded to most! FROM JACK: I must confess that I didn't know what a BIG part he played in the formation of our country.
FROM MOLINER CF: You might say that with the stroke of a Penn, a new nation was born. FROM JACK: Did he use a ball point Penn to make the stroke? Was he responsible for the birth of Penn Station, too?
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” (Maya Angelou – sent by JD) MA recently celebrated her 70+ birthday. An old Dutch adage says that we get old too soon and smart too late. “Experts” say that the effects of aging can be slowed by keeping an active mind. I hope that “Winning Words” does that for me, along with participation in various community organizations and projects. What’s your secret? ;-) Jack
FROM SF IN MICHIGAN: In addition to keeping an active mind and body, my secret is hanging with loving family and friends who are generous of self and supportive and, of course, smart and fun! It's all about the people with whom I choose to surround myself! FROM JACK: Your kindle helps, too, doesn't it?
FROM PL IN MICHIGAN: Reading and listening to the thoughts of much brighter people than me! FROM JACK: Those are good suggestions.
FROM ML IN ILLINOIS: maya is one of my sheroes. she literally saved my life when sorrow seemed too painful to want to continue. my secret to an active mind is the daily presence of children. if you snooze...you really lose! FROM JACK: Sheroes...I like it.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: Always meeting new teachers. I don't seem to have much to do with that, Someone Else seems to put them in my way and I either have to learn and grow or not. I do believe it's these new teachers who keep me "contemporary" and younger than I would be on my own, and not bound by the past. Though tomorrow may be a different story. FROM JACK: I'm thankful the the teachers who jarred me from my complacency
FROM CWR IN B'MORE: ...the inner city Baltimore Shepherd's Clinic, three days weekly....as a volunteer Chaplain.....most weeks....... FROM JACK: You're never too old to be a volunteer.
FROM MOLINER CF: I let my mind wander and then try to figure it out. It sometimes leads to something
constructive. But always interesting. FROM JACK: I read an article this week written by a manager, "Management By Wandering Around."
FROM JK IN MICHIGAN: Bless You! The Lord just spoke something to me on the way to work that seems to fit into my 'big picture'. "Reconciliation involves being willing to accepting a fresh view on whatever is holding you back from prospering today." Obviously, this refers to forgiveness and thankfulness but it hints at something more for me. I realized that I viewed 'reconciliation' as more of band-aid, or patch to plug leaks in my past. Too many times I think of person and gage my response on past experiences, or think of song on the radio and compare it to when I had heard it performed live. God is all about making the sunrise even better than yesterday & friendships even sweeter over time. Literally - yesterday does not matter. The question is how will God reconcile me to the life He has given me in wonderful way right now, or in the next ten minutes? FROM JACK: The Big Teacher even gives us lessons when we're on our way to work.
FROM ML IN MICHIGAN: My mother used to say some people live and learn and others just live. FROM JACK: A good thought as Mother's Day approaches. Moms can be good teachers.
FROM HAWKEYE GS: you do an excellent job with this "rag", even when I disagree w/ you. Have a blessed day. FROM JACK: As I wrote yesterday....We learn when we listen to more than just our side.
FROM PB IN CT: I have just read "The Universe in a Single Atom" by The Dalai Lama - - Truly a fascinating experience. He deals with a subject that has intrigued me for the better part of a hundred years, namely the relationship between science and spirituality. While the contents of 200 pages can not be summed up in a single sentence, perhaps this phrase from the Prologue might whet the appetite of readers who share a similar intrigue. "... spirituality and science are different but complementary approaches with the same greater goal, of seeking the truth." FROM JACK: The Dalai Lama was in our area a few years ago, and I went to hear him, walking through protestors. I'm always looking for new ideas or "stuff" to measure against my ideas. The thought that relion and science are polar opposites really turns me off.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: I LOVE Maya Angelou. I taught her book I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS to my 8th grade advanced literature class. It always packed a wallop as most of these students were affluent, and had very little contact with other races. I've read all of her books. That's one way to stay young...avidly read a great variety of books. Also, as you say keeping active in church and community. I presented my first program today, without my dear twin, to the Woman's Club annual Spring luncheon. Thankfully, it went very well, but I sure missed Jan at my side! I titled it 1000 UNFORGETTABLE SENIOR MOMENTS (Of which I remember just a few...) Humorous , of course. Mostly Faux Pas's of famous people, but of few of my own as well,. Ha! Senior moments are no respecter of class or intelligence, famous or infamous OR ordinary people. :-) I think your sharing of Winning words is a great service on your part. I think we all look forward to this!!
FROM JACK: Did your program manage to get on U-Tube? As far as teaching students, in my working life I enjoyed teaching confirmation classes, 7th, 8th and 9th, one after another. Each grade was different because of the level of maturity.
FROM CJL IN OHIO: Newspapers, Christian Century, Necrology in the Lutheran, Rogness & CSLewis'Daily Devotionals, Alaska, Flight Journal & Smthsonian magazines & a few books such as Nuernberg & George Carlin. FROM JACK: That should keep you out of mischief.
Monday, May 03, 2010
“It’s dangerous to like someone because they like your biases.” (Sent by Good Debt Jon) Grandson Jason is graduating from the U of M. President Obama spoke at the ceremony last Saturday and encouraged the graduates to explore varieties of opinions for the sake of democracy. Most of us tend to gravitate toward those who have views like our own. Give and take isn’t such a bad idea. ;-) Jack
FROM DMF IN MINNESOTA: University of Minnesota? FROM JACK: There's only one Big House.
FROM SH IN MICHIGAN: The awareness of the dangers of uniformity is exactly why I like the Lutheran church. Out there, in the world, where you get together with a bunch of people who do not share your biases, in many cases you won't find anything really to "hold you together." In Church it's not like that. Whether you've got a bunch of people with different biases or a bunch with all the same biases, you've got these WW to contend with to alert you to danger. With Word and Sacrament, even a bunch of people with different biases and who don't even like each other, can, through Jesus' death and resurrection become a people who prefer to be together and learn from each other because, underneath everything there is the desire for and the real love and acceptance. If you just wait long enough for the reality of being God's children to be in the know. I appreciate today's WW very much and also the diversity of opinions and biases on your blogg here. FROM JACK: I like the way the blog gives another dimension (including yours) to WWs.
FROM LK IN OHIO: Hooray for Jon Hanson!
FROM HS IN MICHIGAN: Yes. That was one of my favorite parts of his speech. Were you there? I was fortunate enough to attend! FROM JACK: That means you have to listen to Rush and also to watch FOX.
FROM HAWKEYE GS: Unfortunately, Obamaman is take and lose. FROM JACK: You are secure in your current view; now dare to look and listen to Rachel and Keith.
FROM MOLINER CF: Why is the other guy's opinion always considered bias? FROM JACK: Try this on and see if the shoe fits....."Bias is a term used to describe a tendency or preference towards a particular perspective, ideology, or result, when the tendency interferes with the ability to be impartial, unprejudiced, or objective.. In other words, bias is generally seen as a 'one-sided' perspective. The term biased refers to a person who is judged to exhibit bias. It is used to describe an attitude, judgment, or behavior that is influenced by a prejudice. Bias can be unconscious or conscious in awareness. Labeling someone as biased in some regard implies that they need a greater or more flexible perspective in that area, or that they need to consider the context more deeply."
FROM RI IN BOSTON: President Obama's suggestion to explore the spectrum of thinking is sound advice, because from what I've been reading, liberal arts education is in decline, as more and more minds are going into "boxes." FROM JACK: I read an interesting article the other day which speaks to your point. It was titled: "Thinking Inside the Box." Too much of that seems to be in vogue today.
FROM LIZ IN ILLINOIS: I like that we can share ideas, and not hold our differing views against each other.
I still maintain the majority of mankind is on the same page: family, health, enuf to eat, safety, peace & freedom, to name a few. Have a fun day! FROM JACK: What differing views?
FROM INDY GENIE: Good one! That's advise I need! FROM JACK: Birds of a feather seem to flock together.
FROM MO IN ILLINOIS: IF you can give and take in a cordial or friendly way, yes. Some make this difficult, as they HAVE to be right. I find myself defending Obama many times, as friends send or tell me ridiculous stories about him which are patently false! Oh well, you try. FROM JACK: Back and forth becomes almost like a game of tennis. I don't play tennis anymore.
FROM LK IN OHIO: Yeah, we've (I've) got to try to remedy that separation, ha! FROM JACK: I've got to work on it, too. The Salvation Army Band plays this song; we used to sing it in Sunday School. It seems to fit with your response and my follow up.
If you bring the one next to you,
And I bring the one next to me;
In all sorts of weather, we'll all pull together,
And see what we can do.
If you bring the one next to you,
And I bring the one next to me;
In no time at all we'll win them all,
Yes, win them, win them, one by one.