Friday, March 11, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 3/11/16
“I can do things you cannot; you can do things I cannot; together we can go great things.”  (Mother Teresa)  If you’re wondering how to “Make America Great Again,” you might consider M T’s advice.  Among all of the political promises, like, “When I’m elected, I’ll…”, I’m longing to hear someone say, “I’ll work at trying to be build consensus in our country.”  Recently, I saw this acrostic:  (T)ogether (E)veryone (A)chieves (M)ore.    ;-)  Jack

FROM PPM:  I couldn't agree more! This concept isn't even on the politicians' radar. Perhaps you could add all of the politicians' emails to your list so they can read your wonderful words of wisdom. ====JACK:  Here's a verse that I used to keep in my wallet.  Now, I keep it in a computer file.  "Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind. How few think justly of the thinking few! How many never think, who think they do!"  (Jane Taylor)

FROM GOOD DEBT JON:  I like this one.====JACK:  As the saying goes..."It's right up your alley."  We used to have alleys when I was growing up.====JON:  All my childhood homes had alleys.====JACK: Can you top this?  When I was a child, milk was delivered milk was delivered to us by Mr. Boggess and his horse and wagon.

ROM RJP IN NAPLES:  Too bad you did not vote for Rubio as he has worked with others more than anyone since taking office. He even co-sponsored a bill with Bernie Sanders.  West Bloomfield's football team in 1983 had a motto.  " Together We Will."

FROM HONEST JOHN:  Nobody can promise to build consensus in the USA because it can't be done.   We have never had it unless you read history through rose colored glasses.    We are a violent, recalcitrant, obdurate, feisty people.    We only come together briefly when we are fighting for our lives but even during the Civil War the North was overridden by divisiveness.    The Patriots and Loyalists tarred and feathered each other during the Revolution.====JACK:  I thought that Jesus said, "Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect."  Does that mean that "perfect" is not possible?
====JOHN:  "Moral Man and Immoral Society".   Niebuhr's greatest work.    Even if a single human being could be perfect in the sense in which it is used, society could never come close.    We, unfortunately, will and do fail just like the others.====JACK:  So, why are we asked to be perfect, if that's an unattainable goal.  Maybe Jesus was misquoted.  Maybe he said, "Try to be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect."  

FROM TARMART REV:  Not bad advice for a pastor either-- "working hard to build a consensus of the spiritual needs of his local church"?!====JACK:  Have you ever heard the expression, "It's like herding cats?"

FROM RS IN TEXAS:  ...and there is no "I"  in TEAM.====JACK:  ...unless E is (Eye).

FROM PEPPERMINT MARY:  every year at school we teach the children about working together as a group to make big things happen.  we do it in little ways.  first...working together at pick up time..."many hands makes less work".  we have a share feast when each bring in a piece of fruit.  after each child cuts up the fruit and adds it to the bowl they are always amazed at how much salad there much more than enough to feed the class.  it is a tradition to make a quilt each year.  each child creates a 12x12 inch flannel quilt square.  after the quilt is sewn together and displayed as a backdrop at our winter pageant, the children are amazed at how big it is..."big as a cozy comfterble"...(which is what we make out of it and donate it to someone without a cozy comforter).  little things turn into big things everyday!  btw...the team poster hangs on our parent board and teacher board for many years now.  working together in common cause...bringing each one's gift to the group... honoring by finding freshness in the diversity is the best way to work!====JACK:  Another helping project...Give each one a long spoon.  When they hold onto the end, they cannot eat, because the spoon is too long.  They then learn that they can eat when someone else holds the spoon and feeds them.

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