Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jack’s Winning Words 8/10/17
“Life appears to me too short to be spent nursing animosities.”  (Charlotte Bronte)  In Alice in Wonderland, White Rabbit says: “So little time.  So much to do.”  I’m on the same page with him.  So was Jim Croce.  “There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do.” Even though you might not want to do it, Bronte suggests that getting rid of animosity is one thing that needs doing before life’s end.  Are there any hatchets that need burying?    ;-)  Jack

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL:  good words for today or any day...   peace====JACK:  Instead of the hatchet idiom, I could have used:  kiss and make-up.

FROM TR:  Saving this for a future comment to two sisters-in-law at each other with the one's husband in the middle====JACK:  Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.  Watch your step!

FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE:  EXCELLENT!!====JACK:  Of course, it depends on the context.

FROM JT IN MINNESOTA:  How true.  I recently said "yes" too many times.  I'd love to remain involved in all those activities ie the Somalian Community, the lunch for children in the park, and the ones I already do i.e. the Support Group for Caregivers and Care receivers of Dementia.  the community dementia committees, church quilting. and the Peoples' Church in Bemidji which involves the Native American community.  I had to say I can't to the Somalian and the lunch program.  It was rewarding but all of these activities were cutting into my bridge clubs.  I still stay very busy with the volunteering I do and the card playing with friends.  But too much is too much.
Thanks for the Daily Words.  I love 'em.====JACK:    ====JACK:  Since you're into "cards", you've probably seen this before...· The Ace reminds us that there is only one God.·
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four represents the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Five is for the five virgins. There were ten but only five of them were glorified (Mt 25:1-13).
The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth (Genesis 1).
The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation (Genesis 2:3).
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people      God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth (Genesis 7:7).
The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him (Luke 17:11-19).
The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone (Exodus 20:1-21).
The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell (Ezekiel 28:11-19).
The Queen represents Mary, mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).
The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings (Revelation 19:16).
When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with a total of 365, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.
hen you want to thank God, I just pull out a deck of cards and am reminded of all that we have to be thankful for.

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  There seems to be no time to even breathe some days but we keep on one step at a time.  Gary and I have never worked so hard on this farm.  We fall into bed at night!  Even though Ethan, who will be 3 on the 24th doesn't consider this a farm because there are no cows, it requires enough work from us.  We haven't even started inside yet.    As for hatchets, I do have one I need to resolve sooner than later.  It's a good thought!====JACK:  Sometimes it's hard to bury those hatchets.  They have a way of popping out of the ground again.

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  True indeed! And the days and weeks fly by!! Suddenly you're in your Senior-SENIOR years, and life is unraveling at a record rate!!  WHOOPS!Do it now while you're still erect and breathing, right?! :-)  So many things to do, and so little time; or So many books, So little time!  Our family is throwing a "Last Hurrah Before School Starts" pool party this weekend for all the kids one year to Brian has a lovely big heated pool next door to Dad John who will man the grill. We all contribute specialties. Fortunately we  all get along need to bury hatchets or kiss and make up, thanks be to God!====JACK:  I've seen aprons with the words, "Kiss the cook!"  Have you ever worn one?

FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: i once counseled a woman whose husband had cheated on her many times over the years.  she stayed with him for the sake of the kids and for her own financial stability.  i would suggest to C. Bronte that "animosities" of this magnitude are not easily, if ever, forgiven much less resolved.  life is pretty messy for some innocent people.   grace and forgiveness are God-like qualities that we humans try to replicate but not always too easily.  i better stop now as i feel a sermon coming on:):):)====JACK:  I've referred before to these words by C.S. Lewis:  “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.”

FROM HONEST JOHN:  That is a key...learning to deal with can't just pretend that they aren't there....I remember in high school, a guy in football stepped on my face.   So I punched him in the mouth on the next face masks then.    My animosity was dealt with!   Didn't have to carry a grudge!====JACK:  Sometimes revenge is so sweet that it makes us forget all about those words of Jesus to "love your enemies."  Maybe "tough love" means a stomp in the face once in a while.

FROM FM IN WISCONSIN:  Maybe this should be sent to the WH====JACK:  Maybe, first, we need to make sure that our own house is free of hatchets.

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