Jack’s Winning Words 6/18/15
“The sea is but a library of all the tears in history.” (Lemoy Snicket) I read recently that there are more atoms in a teaspoon of water than there are teaspoons of water in all the oceans of this world. I checked with a physicist, and he said that it’s probably true. What I like about the L.S. quote is the thought that each tear shed has its own story, sorrow or joy. Think of your own experience and the remembrances you have. Tears can be unspoken words. ;-) Jack
FROM TARMART REV: ...they come ever-so-quickly nowadays, especially with those special family moments...====JACK: As a child, I remember hearing...."Stop crying! Don't be such a baby." I'm sure that I'm not the only one who's heard it. ====REV: Yep!! "Big boys don't cry!!" Sure, if they have tuned 60 yet!
FROM GOOD DEBT JON: Nice, WW. Very emotional and picturesque... I recently wrote a song called "Parking Lot of Souls." I walk almost everyday at Glen rest cemetery, for the peace and beauty; and it reminds me of my 15 or so loved ones earthly resting place. One of the lines is: "Acres of emotion still damp from tears." Have a great day, life is good....====JACK: Eric Clapton wrote a song...."No More Tears in Heaven." In our church hymnal, there's a song...Soon and Very Soon. One of the stanzas says about heaven..."No more crying there, We're going to see the King."
FROM RI IN BOSTON: The WW quote today is poignant. It reminds me of another comment I read some years ago, that in primitive tribal societies, the death of the keeper of the tribal history was comparable to a library burning to the ground. Your follow-up comments about atoms and teaspoonfuls struck me with how incomprehensible vast numbers are...how many teaspoons of water in all the oceans, how many grains of sand on the shore, etc.=====JACK: Speaking of BIG numbers, James Joyce wrote....“What must it be, then, to bear the manifold tortures of hell forever? Forever! For all eternity! Not for a year or an age but forever. Try to imagine the awful meaning of this. You have often seen the sand on the seashore. How fine are its tiny grains! And how many of those tiny grains go to make up the small handful which a child grasps in its play. Now imagine a mountain of that sand, a million miles high, reaching from the earth to the farthest heavens, and a million miles broad, extending to remotest space, and a million miles in thickness, and imagine such an enormous mass of countless particles of sand multiplied as often as there are leaves in the forest, drops of water in the mighty ocean, feathers on birds, scales on fish, hairs on animals, atoms in the vast expanse of air. And imagine that at the end of every million years a little bird came to that mountain and carried away in its beak a tiny grain of that sand. How many millions upon millions of centuries would pass before that bird had carried away even a square foot of that mountain, how many eons upon eons of ages before it had carried away all. Yet at the end of that immense stretch time not even one instant of eternity could be said to have ended. At the end of all those billions and trillions of years eternity would have scarcely begun. And if that mountain rose again after it had been carried all away again grain by grain, and if it so rose and sank as many times as there are stars in the sky, atoms in the air, drops of water in the sea, leaves on the trees, feathers upon birds, scales upon fish, hairs upon animals – at the end of all those innumerable risings and sinkings of that immeasurably vast mountain not even one single instant of eternity could be said to have ended; even then, at the end of such a period, after that eon of time, there mere thought of which makes our very brain reel dizzily, eternity would have scarcely begun.”
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Tears are God's way of washing away our pain.====JACK: "Jesus wept!"
FROM BLAZING OAKS: I had a quote by Kahlil Gibran, (after Bill died) which went, "WHEN YOU ARE SORROWFUL, LOOK AGAIN IN YOUR HEART, AND YOU WILL SEE THAT IN TRUTH YOU ARE WEEPING FOR THAT WHICH HAS BEEN YOUR DELIGHT." So true. the Joy and the Sorrow are closely aligned! Good WW today, and always!====JACK: It seems that we are coming into an age where it's OK to show your emotion....but some still live by the sayings...keep a stiff upper lip, bite the bullet and keep your chin up. (Oops! that last one reminds me of the song, "You'll Never Walk Alone." Hold your head up high!)