Winning Words 1/29/13
“I am not a has-been. I am a will-be.” (Lauren Bacall) If you remember Bacall and Bogie, you’re probably a geezer or older than dirt. Did you know that LB is still in the movies? She’s no has-been. Some visionaries claim that Detroit is a “will-be.” I’ve seen it happen with people, after others had given up on them. It can happen with cities, too A positive “will-be” attitude can be the difference. “Has-beens” can change. ;-) Jack
FROM WALMART REV: I enjoy being amazed at people who take the 'has been' or status quo and step it up a notch or two: restaurants, churches, businesses and even professional wrestling!////JACK: There's a difference between a has-been and a never-was, a will-be and a wanna-be.. ////REV: I've had a few of those "has-been and a never-was and will-be and a wanna-be's in my life. They helped narrow the field from the "has-been to the will-be" somewhere in my mid-forties. Reality set in!! ////JACK: How about the hymn, Just as I am? Does that negate the will-be?
FROM DS IN MICHIGAN: I remember them and am no geezer or older than dirt. What am I? ////JACK: How about...Pretty chipper for your age?
FROM TAMPA SHIRL: Never say never.////JACK: I'm reminded of EAP's words...."Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'"
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Okay, I don't consider myself older than dirt, but perhaps I am. I do remember them! :-) By the very nature of our faith, we are not has-beens....we are children of God and He don't make junk.////JACK: Somebody who remembers Chic Sale is pretty old. And, BTW, God sometimes rescues someone from "the junk pile" and remakes them into something new and useful.
FROM PLAIN FOLKS CHESTER: Or is Detroit a "Wannabe?"////JACK: Wannabe a star? What's wrong with wanting to be better than you are? As Frankie sings: Would you like to swing on a star Carry moonbeams home in a jar And all the monkeys aren't in the zoo Every day you meet quite a few So you see it's all up to you You can be better than you are You could be swingin' on a star
FROM MW IN ILLINOIS: WELL!! I remember Bogey & Bacall very well and will be 75 in March,but I don't feel OLDER THAN DIRT!!////JACK: 75 years ago, a new car cost $445; a 5-room apt rented for $35 a month; Prime rib was 27 cents a pound; a 60 hour work week earned you $19.80.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: Excellent quote. You might be a has-been in certain things or activities, but a will-be in new ones! There are always new challenges and things to try!////JACK: I know I've recently referred to this hymn in another context, but this part seems to fit as a response to you. "New occasions teach new duties, time makes ancient good uncouth, They must upward still and onward, who would keep abreast of truth."