Sharing Good Ideas

Mar. 12, 2019

She (as my critic and self-appointed judge) asked in what seemed to be a conspiratorial manner, "Why do you use quotes"? I could have responded, "Why do you ask"? I did the next best thing...I thought about her question. 

Reading good books or watching fine movies tend to change our way of thinking as we relate to others if we are constantly trying to improve our lives. Some quotes by a heroic character who puts the bad guy in his or her place stick with us and builds our arsenal of ideas to use in our own journey of life.

Have you ever noticed that the people you hang around tend to shape our lives and foretell our future? People tend to put us in a position where they can control us. My critic had good intentions. But her question is worth exploring. First, I am conscious that we could misuse quotes simply to appear smart. But, I guess it's good to imitate smart people while being careful not to act the part of a smart alec. Assuming one is genuine and has a great attitude toward themselves and others let's answer the question. Here's a list of some of my reasons to use quotes in communicating with others:

  1. Time-wise: One can get a point across almost instantly. I like to explain things but quotes often work to maximize what little time available in our busy world.
  2. Practice is good: Using quotes lets us practice what we learn and helps us remember the point we're trying to make while setting a good example for others to follow.
  3. Assistance helps: While one may not have a big name we can call upon the wisdom of a person who, Shakespeare, Emerson, Jesus or any other person who engaged the practice to effectively tell their story. 
  4. Respect always in order: It is a compliment to people when we give them the opportunity to see our point of view and they arrive at a similar conclusion as we did. They are being given the courtesy of being considered intelligent enough to see our point of view on their own. Don't forget to give the quote proper credit to its author if known.
  5. Natural appeal: At least if you're in the business of regular communication and a quote "says it all", why not use a memorable quote to make the point?

How powerful, memorable and effective is the quote made by the "Duke" for those who love him? You can see a whole philosophy of being courageous in a powerful way. The message is clear and well-stated in a few words. Follow through even though you may be fearful. and just do not give up in your worthy cause, no matter what! This brings to mind Susan Jeffers book, Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway. Fear? Yes! "Keep on keeping on" (Anonymous). "Stay with it" if it's worth it. As Winston Churchill stated, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in..."

Your true friends will appreciate your wise and occasional use of fitting quotes. Your critics may not.

Mar. 4, 2019

Harold, a late aviation friend spoke up with a compliment on a short article I had posted in our little monthly paper which was circulated in the local Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA Chapter 1061 back in the 1990s. As the meeting was coming to a close Harold looked at me and stated. "Too bad you missed your calling". Why do you say that I asked? He responded, "Good article, you wrote".                                            

How often do we categorize people of varying and maybe unimpressive backgrounds? I said to Harold, "What makes you think I missed my calling"? I understood his compliment and thanked him for it. I was a professional product relocator, (fancy description for a truck driver). What few imagine is a creative twist to the story. I viewed my professional occupation as a "rolling university", being paid for my service while educating myself to be a better servant to mankind. Having been a school teacher, a pulpit minister, and a few other things there was a great opportunity to listen to instructive, educational, professional, business, spiritual themes while driving and being handsomely rewarded monetarily as well. It was an adventure.

The article Harold was complimenting had to do with the subject of learning. Professional pilots were not eager to be classified as "student" pilots. That idea was expressed in our primary textbook, The Student Pilot's Handbook. Too good a book to be classified as a mere learning tool for student pilots. Once a person through pride or ego learns that life is really a learning process such a title is not so bad even for the best aviators. We continue to learn or start dying. It is true that upon earning a pilot's license one has a license or privilege with more freedom to come and go without having to ask an instructor for a "sign-off" to pierce the "wild blue yonder". After acquiring the license education had better not stop. So my point in the impressionable article was that we never stop being a student. That's just the nature of life, one never stops learning. That should apply to all six major areas of life (emotional, financial, mental, physical, social, spiritual). The moment one stops learning dying sets in.

The accompanying photograph is of my brother, Giles' second homebuilt aircraft since I haven't gotten around to posing my previously owned factory built Taylorcraft 1946 model BC 12D NC95809. Maybe I'll get to that later! Until then, trust me, life is about the adventure of learning in order to increase our value in service to humankind. If you ever entrust your life to a pilot beware if he or she has stopped being a student!

Feb. 27, 2019

Borders of some sort are desired by everyone whether for security, safety, or privacy to the extent that politics need not overrule good judgment. It's a matter of "common sense" and honesty. 

Controversy rages continually over a duly elected President to the extent that opposition is off the charts like our Country has never seen before. Yes, I'm concerned about the future. All the wisdom of the ages from the greatest minds is on the side of sanity and good sense. It is appalling that hate continues to be the factor upon which losers pitch their fits. At least there should be a balance between reason and emotion. 

It is on record that leaders of our Country have addressed the issue of open and closed borders. Historically, nations have always had borders to protect themselves. It's as natural as having locks and keys to private property. There is no such thing as perfect security. So we should use our better judgment when considering a reasonable degree of security.

Past Presidents have well recognized the need to face the admitted crisis of open borders. Why has the admitted crisis become so controversial in the past few months? The truth never changes. The attached image is a reasonable, sensible, and glowing example of the simplicity of the issue. Yet there is an underlying wave of destructive ideology that threatens our way of life in the present controversy. When hate for a person so dedicated to preserving the freedoms our Country has enjoyed for decades it is time we consider what our children and grandchildren are going to face in the future. 

I recall the time when children could look to adults for wisdom and a great head-start for coping with challenges in life they will surely face. It's been said that "we deserve what we get". I, for one, believe our children deserve better examples of leadership than that we are seeing from all who have changed their minds on the facts. All who have been personally impacted by the open-door policy whether by drugs, deaths, and disease understand that we are in a crisis while leaders have their own borders built-in. Unless we see a radical change we are headed for the cliff for which there is no rescue.   

Feb. 21, 2019

Scrolling back through my posts on this page by clicking the bottom right (Older) you can see a review of progression by a well-known Presley Event promoter and expert on the "king of rock-and-roll". Patsy had suffered a massive heart attack in January of last year. On February 18 this year she informed her fans that her younger son had died. 

Being a great rebounder, she is both an inspiration and example of a law-abiding citizen facing challenging obstacles and needs the prayers of her many friends. As perceptive people know all face challenges and many ask why. Some are good at masking personal challenges in an effort to stay on top of efforts to bring joy to others. 

Some of us have known special people whom we admire because they inspire. While experiencing such tragedies as the death of a loved one the most admirable are those who face the fact and continue even to encourage when expected to be more of a recipient than a fountain of encouragement. With Patsy's friends and family, you can expect positive energy on an untimely occasion. Don't forget that the best way to honor the dead is to serve the living.

Having lost my daughter, Tara, about 7 weeks ago I can surely empathize with Patsy. Patsy and Tara were friends. One ongoing issue with the unexpected death of a loved one is the financial cost and social pressure involved to break the bank. May all involved be merciful. I have a plan to find solutions to the high cost of funerals for posting on this website in the near future. 

No words can erase the pain of loss but we can all continue to encourage and make life a bit more tolerable. 

Feb. 17, 2019

Subjects with negative connotations may not get prime ratings especially with those set on keeping positive. Here is a story which may contradict what you thought you knew. Even more than "getting it right" about the destiny of the wicked is the principle of learning from every situation in which we find ourselves. Not often do we find ourselves watching a movie or listening to a speech about hell on a Saturday night as a way to prepare for a Sunday morning gathering where hell used to be so popular with career pulpit ministers eager to build "church membership".

I attended Athens Bible School for three years while about two or three grades behind the controversial main character in the movie, "Hell and Mr. Fudge". The movie was made about Edward Fudge, son of one of the founders of the private school, Bennie Lee Fudge. During my third year of college, I took sales training with Bennie Lee in his book store. Once graduating in 1969 my first profession as a school teacher near Athens where I had the opportunity to hear Edward make talks for the first time on faith from the book of Hebrews and a series on the four accounts of the gospel. Never had I heard a young man with such knowledge deliver lessons so simply and with ease. Quite impressive!

Edward was approached sometime later by a curious student who had become perplexed about the nature of God...Would a loving God allow or consign some of His created people to consciously suffer excruciating pain in a burning fire without end...trillions of trillions of years? After about a day spent with skeptical Edward the inquisitive stranger finally made a breakthrough. He hired Edward, as a brilliant student of the original biblical languages to go to the original text in as much as possible to see what God said about the subject of the future of the wicked. Edward began to discover truths he had never realized and resolved to write a book on the subject. 

The Fire That Consumes (1982) was the result.  I promote "Hell and Mr. Fudge" not so much to convince others to change their minds on their views but for encouraging open-mindedness in accepting the truth even if it contradicts our hardened and cherished preconceptions. I keep a few copies to distribute and one to share with others willing to sit for about an hour-and-a-half of enjoyable and enlighting association with them and enjoy filling in some of the details they may not pick up on. This is one of the best opportunities to determine whether or not one is really open to truth or bound to the familiar.

The Fire That Consumes, which became available in 1982 was written on a scholarly level and impressed numerous theologians who also had never really delved into the subject so intently, fervently and deeply. Some held to the traditional beliefs while others accepted Edward's newly-discovered findings. Later another edition was published for the average reader. Scholars had also simply accepted the "common orthodox beliefs" of ingrained tradition almost without serious question until Edward's discovery rocked their world. 

Edward had turned the religious world on its head with his discovery and renewed the debate on the nature of a loving God and how His justice will eventually be served. The movie is entertaining and fast-moving as well as informative and well worth the time spent watching it. Edward's part is played by MacKenzie Astin, son of John and Patty Duke Astin.