Daily Archives: 11 March, 2015

A couple of funnies for you today

I saw this first one over on the Politically Incorrect Gazette, located at www.pigazette.com and immediately laughed out loud because (a) it SOUNDS like something I’d say to one of my sons and (b) I’m old enough to remember the pre-PC/Tyranny with Manners days when men with long hair were either hippies, homeless, or worse and people SAID so. (Strangely enough, no one died from it. Go figure, but I digress) 

Quick note – IF you decide to check out the Prosaic Pages of PIG, let me give you something from the “fair warning” department. It is NOT a place to go if you are easily or chronically offended, if you are rampantly in favor of Political Correctness or think that our government/President can do no wrong, or are just generally not in favor of opinions and viewpoints different than your own. The main man, Hambo, and I have had some memorable go rounds over differences of opinion, but we are friends and at the end of the day, we agree to disagree because that’s what rational adults do. I encourage you to check it out but, well, I warned you!  

Here’s the first funny:

“A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he’d make a deal with his son: ‘You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we’ll talk about the car.’

The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he’d settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.

After about six weeks his father said, ‘Son, you’ve brought your grades up and I’ve observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I’m disappointed you haven’t had your hair cut.’ The boy said, ‘You know, Dad, I’ve been thinking about that, and I’ve noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair … and there’s even strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.’

To this his father replied, ‘Did you also notice they walked everywhere they went?'”

The second funny comes from a story allegedly told about George Steinbrenner by Lou Pinella. Again, it’s a memorable example of a very quick wit which never fails to make me smile, and also something I’d definitely use on one of my sons, given the opportunity:

“Lou Piniella was traded by the Kansas City Royals with Ken Wright to the New York Yankees for Lindy McDaniel on December 7, 1973. Piniella says that trade turned out to be the greatest moment of his 18-year playing career. After he was dealt, Piniella couldn’t wait to get to Spring Training with the Yankees.

Lou Piniella arrived at camp with the Yankees in Ft. Lauderdale in 1974. He walked into the clubhouse on his first day and quickly realized there wasn’t a uniform in his locker. Anxious to get on the field and get started, Piniella asked Yankees equipment manager Pete Sheehy what was going on. Sheehy told Piniella that George Steinbrenner saw him walking in from the parking lot and said that Steinbrenner wanted to talk to Piniella in his office.

Piniella did as he was ordered and walked into Steinbrenner’s office. He introduced himself as one of the new players from Kansas City, and he told Steinbrenner how excited he was to be with the Yankees. There was a problem though. Steinbrenner told Piniella, “We’re happy to have you here, but your hair is too long.” The Yankees had a strict hair policy under George Steinbrenner, a policy that existed until Steinbrenner’s death in 2010. Piniella didn’t see the problem with long hair, so he decided to debate (no surprise, right?). He told Steinbrenner, “Our Lord Jesus Christ was the greatest person who ever lived and he had long hair.” Steinbrenner didn’t say a word, instead he just grabbed Piniella by the hand and walked him across the street to the Ft. Lauderdale swimming pool. Steinbrenner pointed at the pool and told Piniella, “If you can walk across that water, you can wear your hair any way you want to.”

Let’s just say Piniella lost the argument…”

God bless, my friend, and enjoy your day!

Character – of ourselves, and others too!

I was watching Life is Worth Living the other morning, and Bishop Sheen was speaking on character. Several points he made really stuck with me, and I finally had the opportunity to sit down and share them with you. I believe you’ll find them encouraging, as they can be applied equally whether one is a believer or a nonbeliever. (On the subject of my lack of posts lately, I apologize for the dearth of them. Unfortunately, I have been involved in bringing some enlightenment to our local school district and reminding them that not all parents are willing to surrender their rights at the school doors when their kids walk in the building. They seem to keep forgetting that fact where I’m concerned, and so I need to keep reminding them. It’s fun, but it takes time. I digress, however.)

The first point that he made was that character is a function of the will, not the mind. It was interesting to note that even back in 1953, when the show was broadcast, he mentioned that a majority of schooling was focused on developing the mind of the student, but little to nothing was done to develop the character. We can teach facts, figures and knowledge all that is desired, but it does not bring about a good character in a person. That takes an effort of the will.

The second point built on the first in that he believed that a person who has the capacity in them to do great good has an equal capacity to do great evil, and vice-versa. You may be thinking, “Well, what’s so encouraging about that?” I find it encouraging because to me, it means that there are no “wasted” lives. Any one of us can change at any moment. If you’ve done good, use it as a way to not become full of yourself or, as in the mistake that I made at one point in my life, think that I was so good and SO pure that I could never fall. (I DID, and HARD, too) If you’ve done bad things in your life, realize that you have just as much potential to do good – that potential is just waiting for you to make the decision. No, it may not be peaches and cream, sunshine and rainbows right from Jump Street, but you CAN do it. Don’t give up and think that just because you’ve made mistakes, you’re stuck for the rest of your life. He used the example of Joseph Stalin; “What a saint he could have been,” he said, “had he used his great abilities for good instead of evil as he did.” It was really something to ponder!

Finally, he spoke about ways to develop character in ourselves, and how to help that same growth in others. His statement was to remember this simple idea; look for the BEST in others, and the WORST in ourselves. Now, that means neither that you wear rose-colored glasses with others, nor that you constantly dig for the worst possible points about yourself and beat yourself over them. Instead, he spoke about how in Scripture (it was a Christian show, after all) Christ found a common point at which to work with anyone, no matter who they were. From that point, He built the relationship with them. When we meet others, find a common ground and look for that one good, encouraging point at which you can begin to help them build themselves up. God knows the world works hard enough to tear us all down, right? When dealing with ourselves, we need no more work on building up characteristics about ourselves that are already good ones than a doctor needs treat an ailment that isn’t there. Instead, look for those things that are negative and that hold us back or weigh us down; those things which serve to harm ourselves or those around us and work on those aspects of our character with the intent to make ourselves better people in the end.

It gave me much to think about and I hope it does you, as well!

God bless today, my friend.