Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 30, 2014

Anthony Burgess was 40 when he learned that he had only one year to live. He had a brain tumor that would kill him within a year. He know he had a battle on his hands. He was completely broke at the time, and he didn’t have anything to leave behind for his wife, Lynne, soon to be a window.

Burgess had never been a professional novelist in the past, but he always knew the potential was inside him to be a writer. So, for the sole purpose of leaving royalties behind for his wife, he put a piece of paper into a typewriter and began writing. He had no certainty that he would even be published, but he couldn’t think of anything else to do.

“It was January of 1960,” he said, “and according to the prognosis, I had a winter and spring and summer to live through, and would die with the fall of the leaves.”

In that time Burgess wrote energetically, finishing five and a half novels before the year wad through.  Very nearly the entire lifetime output of E.M. Forster, and almost twice that of J. D. Salinger.

One year to live, but Burgess did not die. His cancer had gone into remission and then disappeared altogether. In his long and full life as a novelist, best known for “A Clock-work Orange”, he wrote more than 70 books without the death sentence from cancer.

Many of us are like Anthony Burgess, hiding greatness inside, waiting for some external emergency to bring it out. Ask yourself what you’d do if you had Anthony Burgess’s original predicament. ” If I had just a year to live, how would I live differently? What exactly would I do?”

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Vintage Dilbert
October 28, 2014

“To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.”

Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald’s makes you a hamburger.”

“Real friends are those who, when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

A coincidence is when God performs a miracle, and decides to remain anonymous.”

“Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.”

“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.”

“Lead your life so you won’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”

“People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.”

“Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you respond to it.”

“Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God?”

“Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time and sometimes you weep.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“There are two things I’ve learned: There is a God. And, I’m not Him.”

“Following the path of least resistance is what makes rivers and men crooked.”

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”

“When it comes time to die…make sure all you got to do is die.”

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Vintage Dilbert
October 28, 2008

A woman came out of her house and saw 3 old men with long white beards sitting in her front yard…
She did not recognize them…
She said “I don’t think I know you, but you must be hungry…
Please come in and have something to eat”…
“Is the man of the house home?”, they asked.”No”, she said. “He’s out”…
“Then we cannot come in”, they replied…
In the evening when her husband came home, she told him what had happened..
Go tell them I am home and invite them in…
The woman went out and invited the men in…
“We don’t go into a house together”, they replied…
“Why is that?” she wanted to know..
One of the old men explained: “His name is Wealth…
he said pointing to one of his friends…
and said pointing to another one, “He is Success and I am Love”..
Then he added, “Now go in and discuss with your husband which one of us you want in your home.”

The woman went in and told her husband what was said…
Her husband was overjoyed…
“How nice”, he said!!…
“Since that is the case, let us invite Wealth…
Let him come and fill our home with wealth”….
His wife disagreed…
“My dear, why don’t we invite Success”?…..
Their daughter-in-law was listening from the other corner of the house..
She jumped in with her own suggestion:”Would it not be better to invite Love…
Our home will be filled with love”…
“Let us heed our daughter-in-law’s advice,” said the husband to his wife…
“Go out and invite Love to be our guest.”
The woman went out and asked the 3 old men, “Which one of you is Love?
Please come in and be our guest.”
Love got up and started walking toward the house..
The other 2 also got up and followed him…
Surprised, the lady asked Wealth and Success:
“I only invited Love, why are you coming in?”
The old men replied together:
“If you had invited Wealth or Success the other two of us would’ve stayed out..
but since you invited Love, wherever he goes, we go with him..
Wherever there is Love there is also wealth and success!!!!!!

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Vintage Dilbert
October 27, 2007

It was a beautiful Sunday morning. People were filling the church to its fullest capacity! As they entered, each were given a bulletin filled with announcements, topic of today’s sermon, what songs they would sing and who to pray for.

At the end of the line stood an older man. His clothes were filthy and you could tell that he had not bathed in days. His face was covered in whiskers where he had not shaved for a very long time. When he reached the usher, he removed his tattered old brown hat in respect. His hair was a long, dirty, tangled mess. He had no shoes on his feet, and wore only soiled, black socks.

The usher put his fingers to his nose and glared at the old man and said, “Uh,I’m sorry sir, but I’m afraid we can’t let you in. You will distract the congregation and we don’t allow anyone to disrupt our service. I’m afraid you’ll have to leave.”

The old man looked down at himself and with a puzzled look on his face, he placed his old brown hat back upon his head and turned to leave. He was sad as he loved to hear the choir sing praises to the Lord. He loved to watch the little children get up in front of the church to sing their little songs. He carried in his pocket a small worn out Bible and loved to see if the minister preached a passage from the Bible that the old man had underlined.

He was respectful enough and didn’t want to cause any commotion, so he hung down his head and walked back down the steps of the big brick church. He sat down on the brick wall near the edge of the church yard and strained to listen through closed doors and windows to the singing going on in the church. Oh how he wished he could be inside with all the others.

A few minutes had passed by when all of a sudden a younger man came up behind him and sat down near him. He asked the old man what he was doing. He answered, “I was going to go to church today, but they thought I was filthy and my clothes are old and worn, and they were afraid I would disrupt their service. Sorry, I didn’t introduce myself. My name is George.”

The two gentlemen shook hands and George couldn’t help but notice that this man had long hair like his. He wore a piece of cloth draped over his body tied with a royal purple sash. He had sandals upon his feet, now covered with dust and dirt.

The stranger reached out to touch George’s shoulder and said, “Hello, George, don’t feel bad because they won’t let you in. My name is Jesus, and I’ve been trying to get into this same church for years, and they won’t let me in either.”

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Are you in the right job, following the proper career path, living in the right city? How can you be certain that God has you where he wants you? The strongest evidence is simply that we’re there. He knows where we are. He sees us (Luke 12:6-7). He is always with us (1 Corinthians 3:16). He has a plan for each of us. Your eyes saw my unformed body;all the days ordained for me were written in your bookbefore one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16).  So where we are now – no matter where that may be – is no accident. Until we hear differently, we’ve got to assume that where we are is where He wants us to be – for His reasons, and for His…

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Refraction —

the change of direction
of a ray of light
or sound,
in passing obliquely
from one medium into another
in which
wave velocity
is
different.
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I pray for refraction.

God’s light shining through
the curtains,
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the leaves,
fall leaves
the shadows,
Porch shadows
the water,
icicles

the air I breathe in —
Ruah
–passing obliquely
from one medium through another.

Change my wave velocity,
refract
remake
redeem me
to reflect Christ.
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This was inspired by the word for the weekly photo challenge — Refraction.

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Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
October 25, 2004

I once had an alarm clock. It sounded crisp, clear and consistent every morning at 5 am from Monday’s to Fridays, an hour later on Saturdays and an hour earlier on Sundays. My alarm clock contrary to the modern alarm clock’s beep, buzz or ring is not as noisy. My alarm clock is my mother. She does not sound like that of the lifeless, robotic, catatonic hotel’s concierge “Good morning, this is your wake up call.” Nor was she like that of my aunt’s wake up shouts that could wake even the dead. Her alarm went like “Nicnic, Sandro, Hazel, Peter, Carin. If it will rain arrows today, you would all be dead! If it will rain money, you’d still be dead as you won’t be able to dodge the sack of coins that could possibly hit your head.”

At these words, 5 kids scrambled out of bed, competed for the single bathroom of the family, hurriedly ate breakfast before rushing to school. At that early age, my mother taught me that I could either join the mob of having to be the first to be using the single bathroom and squabble over who finished last in eating as the last one gets to wash the dishes, dry it and store it in the cupboard or I could get up earlier than usual and get things done with enough time to ready myself for another day, another excitement, another madness if not another step to things I that want to accomplish.

Alarm clocks are designed to remind us what we are about to do, what had we planned for the morrow. We used it to signal ourselves that we are to endeavor new things in life and as we plan for it, we include ensuring setting the alarm to when would we want things to be. Even Plato in 428 BC had a water alarm clock to signal the beginning of his lectures at dawn.

What is your alarm clock? Have you used it today?

I knew of a certain friend who uses 3 alarm clocks in a single event, just to be sure. As the alarm rings, she simply turns it off and sleeps again. On the 2nd ring, took it again and sleeps again. Even to the 3rd alarm clock. Why set it in the first place? Alarm clocks were to alarm us but need we be alarmed?

My mother’s daily chime about the arrows and the sacks of coin was with me when I left home and was on my own during college. Its absence did not hinder me because as far as I could remember, I always awoke earlier than that of my alarm clock. I had set my alarm clock one month before graduating college by sending my resume to various companies. Luckily, I was accepted by the current company that I worked for.

Visiting my parents’ home one time, I expected to hear my alarm chime but there was none. No wonder I woke late on that day. By being the alarm clock, I was taught of its use. I exclaimed “Ma, all these years, I had caught the arrows you spoke of and some sacks too. Thank you for teaching me discipline.”

Definitely, my alarm clock worked. Had your alarm clock worked for you? Or are you worked-up by your alarm clock? Go ahead set your alarm clocks. When it rings, snoozes or buzz, get up as it signals you are to accomplish something and that this something is what you look forward to.

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