My wife and I are in the process of doing some renovations on our house. I’m getting a little too old and creaky to do things like climbing up on the roof, so we are looking for a construction company to come in and do the work. We’ll probably get more than one estimate. When we get it, we will have to decide whether the work is worth the price. But, if the work is important enough to us, we have to be careful not to get lost in the cost. If we wait until later, there may be more damage to the house, the amount of work will increase, and so will the overall cost. So sometimes it pays to spend your money wisely and just get the work done.
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Our art group, CCADA, recently held its 5th annual art show–combining it with its first car show. We had artists of all ages, a wide variety of media, a new featured addition of many Christmas crafts, dramatic vignettes, music, and, of course, the car show. The turnout of visitors who oohed and aahed at what they saw and heard and noted that they wished they had the talent of the various artists. But, to paraphrase Will Rogers, “We can’t all be heroes. There also has to be somebody to clap for them.”
Unless you’re writing one, a self-help book is an oxymoron. You read a self-help book so that someone who isn’t yourself can help you. This is true of all do-it-yourself book and personal improvement books. You might be able to gain some benefit from some of these books, but none of them are there to deal with the complete “you.” All except one–the Bible. It is the complete and eternal blueprint for our lives–the ultimate “self-help” book because the Author knows every aspect of “you.”. You may feel defeated, depressed, disillusioned, sure that no one appreciates you? How can you change that?
I am neither a physicist nor a mathematician, but from what I have read about the “butterfly effect” is that it has to do with a seemingly inconsequential event or incident having momentous consequences. The “ripple effect” is similar in that it states that a single incident or occurrence may have consequences and ramifications beyond the scope of the original phenomenon. Apparently, these two concepts are part of “chaos theory.”
When I was younger, I used to love running with my cross-country teams during each practice. It provided an incentive to beat the old” guy and encouraged them to get the best out of themselves (If coach is able to do this, then I should be able to.). We were fortunate that the area surrounding our school provided a plethora of woodland trails on which we could train. One year, we actually did a different workout for each practice for the entire season.
One time in particular, we were running through the woods during bow hunting season. To avoid the danger of an errant arrow we would make a lot of noise. None of my runners were hunters and didn’t want to become one later in life. So they would run through the woods shouting, “Run away! Run Away!” in high-pitched falsetto voices-ala an old Monte Python skit. We thought is was hilarious. The deer hunters? Not so much.
In a moment of self-evaluation, it recently occurred to me that I have been existing under a cloud that I wasn’t even aware of. I couldn’t understand why I don’t seem to be progressing in many aspects of my life. I don’t seem to have the drive to accomplish difficult things that I did when I was younger. I just assumed that it was un unfortunate result of getting older.
Whether you’ve been called short, vertically challenged, half-pint, small fry, pipsqueak, squirt, or oompa loompa, if you’re less than average height, you have been made aware that others have noticed it. I’ve discovered that over the years I have shrunk an inch. Since I was only 5′ 7″ tall to begin with and with the average height of American males being just under 5′ 10″, I guess I definitely fall into this category.