Ponderings

Tell Him Now...

If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing, if you like him or you love him tell him now.

Don't withhold your approbation till the parson makes oration and he lies with snowy lilies on his brow,

For no matter how you shout it, he won't really care about it, he won't know how many teardrops you have shed.

So if some praise is due him, now's the time to slip it to him, for he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

More than fame and more than money is the comment kind and sunny, and the hearty warm approval of a friend,

For it gives to life a savor and it makes you stronger, braver, and it gives you heart and courage to the end.

If he earns your praise, bestow it, if you like him, let him know it, let the words of true encouragement be said.

Do not wait till life is over and he's underneath the clover, for he cannot read his tombstone when he's dead.

~Berton Braley~

Washing Clothes Recipe

Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe.  This is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook with spelling errors and all.

WASHING CLOTHES

 

Build far in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.

Shave one hole cake of lie soap in bawlin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles

1 pile white,

1 pile colored,

1 pile work dark britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and bawl, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.

Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.

Hang old rags on fence.

Spread tea towels on grass.

Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew up a cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.

 

(May you remember to "count your blessings" when you are weary from your work...)

 

Four Pounds

"There's only four pounds of pressure in the tires," Steve said.  It was our first full day in Alaska, and we were leaving for an all-day ATV trip through the Alaskan backwoods to a glacier.

Steve explained that having only four pounds of pressure in the tires helped the tires to bounce over rocks, logs and hills without the tire being damaged. Since the ATV sat on the tires and we sat on the ATV, the four pounds helped keep us from being damaged.  For six hours we bounced over rocks, drove through rivers and streams, and bounced over hills. I understood the four-pound principle the rough way.

As people, we need four pounds.  Life comes at you hard. Rocky stuff, hilly stuff, stuff that nearly drowns you and takes your breath away often faces you on this journey. We need four pounds.

We are often overinflated.  We are puffed up, stiff necked and stuck up. When a rock or hard experience gets in our path, instead of giving and easily rolling over it, we hit it like we have iron instead of four pound tires.

The resulting impact shatters us.  Much of our psychological pain is due to wounds to our ego.

It was one of the greatest and most thrilling adventures that I'd ever experienced. I would not have made it overinflated.  Perhaps to rise higher, we need to let some of the air out.

~A MountainWings Original~      www.mountainwings.com

The Attitude of Three Hairs

There was once a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.  "Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today," so she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw she had only two hairs on her head. "HMM," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today," and she did and she had a grand day.

The next morning she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw she had only one hair left on her head.  "Well," she said, "Today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and it was a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.  "YEAH!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"

Remember you may not be able to control what someone says or does or some of the situations that life throws you, but you can sure control the way you react.

Take Time

We owe our prayers to those who serve in the military and also to their families.  We owe our thoughts to those now gone, who preserved our freedom through many conflicts in the past.  Bill and I personally have friends and classmates who are now in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other areas of this world.  Scott City has young men and women who are serving in many different places and in all branches of the military.  Please take time to remember.  Please take time to pray.  Please take time to appreciate your country and the opportunities preserved by those who have a higher calling--those who risk it all to defend our right to raise crops, teach, go to ball games, enjoy a night at the musical, travel, enjoy our families---and live freely.

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