The World is an Oyster


“Why, then the world is mine oyster,” are the words Shakespeare put into the mouth of his character, Pistol, in The Merry Wives of Windsor. And so came the saying, The World is an Oyster.

For some reason the words popped into my head one day along with “and you are its pearl.”

The world is an oyster, and you are it’s pearl. Doesn’t that make you feel on top of the world? Well maybe it shouldn’t. Read on.

Oysters are a great delicacy to some but the pearl oyster is an oddity in itself because it’s ability to form a pearl comes from an irritation.

If you think of the pearl as a precious gem born of an irritation it may not make you feel on top of the world. But, when you think of how hard the oyster had to work to rid itself of the irritation and form the pearl…and then there is this:

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. Matthew 13:45,46 NKJV

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The School of Life


The school of life teaches many things and what we may learn is the tests are ongoing. Just when we think we have learned a lesson well and passed a trying test…along comes another one.

What I have learned mostly is that the tests are repeated until we finally get it. If we don’t get it, we don’t move on and sometimes may even be put back.

The tests are so varied and valuable that it is only when we have finally learned a lesson being drummed into us that we make the grade to a higher degree of life’s education.

Where are you on life’s report card? Is that A+ or 100% showing up in your life or do you have a few more tests to take…or repeat?

As for me…the tests have been trying indeed and much has been learned. Am I close to graduation?  All I can say is after eighty years in the school of life I’m getting ready to cram for the finals.

 

More Quips and Quotes


The more we read, listen and learn, the more we are able to share with others. Here are some more quips and quotes from various sources:

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Zen Proverb

We are never presented with lessons until we are ready to learn them.

From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. From the hymn, “In Christ Alone”.

There will be an answer, let it be. The Beatles

A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.

Live your life with peace, poise and power. From Practical Spirituality

Grudges are a burden too heavy to carry. Our Daily Bread Magazine

I gave in and admitted that God was God. C.S.Lewis

The higher the hurdle the higher we jump. pab

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. Mark Twain

Look at situations from all angles and you will become more open. Dalai Lama

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Some of Life’s Lessons – #1


While cleaning out old files I came across this internet printout from 2005 called Life’s Lessons. Of course, I’m all about life’s lessons which is probably the reason I printed it and kept it. I’m going to share over the next few days. Here is number one.

Kindness Counts – During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired, and in her 50’s, but how could I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor. “In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello’. I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy

Buyer Beware Part Two


It happened in a supermarket. My eleven-year-old grandson had accompanied me on a short shopping trip for a few groceries.

“Look, Nana, these chocolate bars are only sixty-nine cents!” He was old enough to know the price of candy. What are grandmas for if not to treat their grandchildren once in awhile, so I told him to get one each for himself and younger brother, and one for me.

We went through the checkout and Liam had scarfed his bar down before we had left the store.

I always check my receipts and was surprised to see that the candy bars had cost a dollar-twenty-five instead of the sixty-nine cents advertised.

There was nothing I could do about Liam’s bar but I took the other two back to the store and presented the cashier with the difference in prices and was told it was not these bars on sale but another brand.  And it was indeed the case when I checked the display. The sale price was in bold letters and the brand on sale was in fine print. Our chocolate bars, a different brand, were smack in the middle of the display, and not on sale.

I told the clerk that an eleven-year-old wasn’t about to read the fine print on a candy sale sign and that the non-sale candy should not have been on that display. I asked for and received a refund. The amount was less than two dollars but the lesson to all concerned was invaluable.

Leviticus 19:11 says in part, “Do not deceive one another.”

Again, buyer beware.

Some Pointers for the Blackboard of Life


Get your chalk brushes ready…you may want to brush me off today as I offer up some pointers for the blackboard of life.

1. The Golden Rule – do to others as you would have them do to you.

2. Love your enemy – it`s healthier than hating.

3. Don`t spend a thousand dollars worth of emotion on a five cent irritation.

4. Don`t worry – it is a totally unproductive pastime

5. Don`t procrastinate – it is the thief of time.

6. Smile often – it increases your face value.

7. Stop and smell the roses – before their fragrance fades.

8. Laughing and crying are comfort for the soul – they each soothe in a different way.

9. Grieve when necessary – but remember to continue to live.

10. God runs a beauty parlor – have a regular faith lift.

11. Live, love and be happy – advice to be given and taken in heaping doses.

12. It is never too late to be baptized – Jesus wasn`t baptized until he was thirty years old.

13. You are never too old to do something new – just begin.

14. Try to have twelve hugs a day – even if you have to hug yourself.

15. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at     all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can. (John Wesley)

And now, put away the pointer, the brushes, the chalk…tomorrow the slate will be clean again for you to chalk up some lessons of your own.

Look Inside


Believe it or not, a Shop-Vac reinforced a valuable life lesson for me a few days ago. I had bought the machine to clean up a carpet full of paint chips scraped from a water damaged ceiling. Thinking the Vac was ready to go, I removed it from the carton, plugged it in and began sucking up the aforementioned debris. I couldn`t help thinking it would be easier to move if it had wheels.

Whoa! Something was definitely wrong when a fine film of dust covered everything in the room. “My Old Man’s a Dustman”, a 1960’s hit by Lonnie Donegan, came to mind.

I quickly checked the carton for a product manual. There was none. Moreover the  top of the carton read, “Never operate vacuum without filters installed. And then I read, “Helpful Shop-Vac attachments and quality filters (sold separately, not included with this vacuum).“ This advice was printed on a side of the carton. Well, the dust damage was already done and I wanted rid of the paint chips, so proceeded to clean the carpet, filter or no.

The next day, I purchased the filters and was given a manual. After reading the instructions, I lifted the top off the vacuum and lo and behold, inside were the filter, manual, and casters…inside! (Needless to say, everything was covered in dust and ground up paint chips).

It reminded me of the time one of my daughters cooked her first Christmas turkey without removing the gizzards from inside the bird. She didn`t think to look inside.

And now, I had made the same mistake. Everything I needed was inside that shop-vac. I didn`t think to look inside…just as everything I need in my life is inside me. Jesus tells us in John 14:20: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.“

Thank you, God, for another lesson in My Precious Life!

Some Sound Biblical Advice


Most people who know me know how much I love my Bible. Some even wonder why. Well, I’m here to try to answer that question.

I have found such good advice and lessons for living in the Bible that it would be difficult for me to put it aside. And here’s an example:

In the New Testament we find Paul in his second letter to Timothy giving this advice…

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels…instead be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 2 Timothy 2:23,24

Does that not sound like a lesson in living?

Here is an acronym for the Bible…

Basic

Instructions

Before

Leaving

Earth

Makes good sense to me.

 

The Happiness Factor


Cast your bread upon the water and after many days you will find it again. (Ecclesiastes 11:1) Well, I cast my bread in the way of an appreciative blog to a fellow blogger and behold it came back twenty-fold within hours!

I couldn’t help myself. This person’s posts made me happy, and I just wanted them to know that. What do you think happened? Antryump reblogged my blog and before I knew it I had twenty-two “likes”, where four to six are the norm, and twelve has been the utmost.

Light bulb moment! Making someone else happy doubled my happiness factor. What a great thing to know–and practice!

To me, this is another life lesson, one which I am overjoyed to learn.

While happiness is many things to many people, and has been for me as well, this is the ultimate boomerang experience–simple in its simplicity. Bring happiness to others, even unwittingly, and feel the reciprocating effect manifest in your life.

As the 1971 song by Canadian rock band, Crowbar, says so aptly, “Oh, what a feeling, what a rush!”

Try it, you’ll like it!