02 November 2016

Humpday Happenings...
Welcome to the middle of the week, kids...it's all downhill from here (or uphill, depending on how things are going in your neck o' the woods).
And, we've another mild day in store for us in the Heartland.
Our Hoosierland weather will again see us with a warm and partly sunny day in store, with temps reaching up to around 75 degrees, but there is a chance of rain later on tonight, which will explain the increase in cloudiness.
So, what say we get ourselves a soothing morning drink poured, as we see what's going on elsewhere, hmm?
*** First off of the leaf pile is our WHO SAID THAT? quote of the week:
"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. 
All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle."
Now, if this sounds a bit on the ambiguous side...good, it's made to get you to think. So, who said that? The answer at the top of tomorrow's post. Meanwhile, back at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery...
*** Next up, is our "What the hell happens today, Bob?" feature:
---Today is National Deviled Egg Day (Mom could really do them justice).
And it's National Broadcast Traffic Professional's Day (only because it didn't fall on a weekend).
*** Next, congrats are in order for fellow blogger Chris Martin...he's a GRANDPA!
His son and daughter in law are the proud parents of a baby boy (Isaiah) born last evening...he'll most likely fill you in over at his blog. I can only wish them all well and that now, the REAL work begins.
*** Next, at the opposite end of the spectrum, two LEOs were shot and killed in Iowa.
Here's what's known so far:
Ambush-style attacks caused the murders of two police officers in Des Moines.
I heard that police are looking for a white male in a pickup.
Prayers to the families and friends of the fallen officers are in order.
*** Next up, and continuing this aspect of humanity called LIFE, have you ever wondered or thought about wanting to live forever?
As a child, did it ever enter your mind?
This is one of those things that you may not be happy you wished for, should it happen.
That's not to say there wouldn't be any good connected to such an event.
Think of all that you could accomplish, if you lived a very long time.
It reminds me of the movie (and series) Highlander in some ways.
In the Old Testament, there are accounts of those who lived a VERY LONG time. Methuselah comes to mind (and I believe he lasted 969 years, if memory serves). Yep, nailed it.
Would we want to live that long? And why?
One might think that we could finish everything we ever started, and that might be okay.
We might affect some honestly good changes in the world...again a noble gesture.
But, with every YIN, there is a YANG.
While it's marvelously altruistic to contemplate all the good you could do (and all the children you could sire along with ALL the costs...lol), you would also have to be a person who would have to deal with loss...in a very big way. Could you handle that?
All those you ever loved would pass before you...year after year...century after century.
Can you imagine the level of sorrow you would accrue over such a passage of time?
I have enough of that already with missing our cat(s), as well as my parents, relatives, and friends. Don't want or need any more right now.
And, if you were "immortal", you wouldn't be able to just die, and end the anguish you had accumulated over all those years...not the best prospect to look forward to, is it?
Life is meant to be finite for a reason (aside from keeping undertakers and cemetery owners employed).
What that reason might be happens to be one of the greatest mysteries known to mankind.
If we KNEW the reason, we would take steps to avoid such an end, right?
I'm one of those people who believes that there is a purpose to everything, and many times, we're not meant to be "clued in" as it were. That's the job of the Almighty.
Our job is to make the best of whatever time we have allotted to us, and in that, we should be focusing not so much on the quantity, but on the quality of our lives, to paraphrase MLK.
We never know when our time is up, and I suppose that also is a good thing.
Many people seek substantive proof that their life was worth something, and will do anything to make that happen.
I say live as decent a life as you can, hold fast to the good that life offers, refrain from that which you know to be wrong, and let the "game" play itself out to it's end...let others remember who you were and what you did.
Life is not a spectator sport. You've heard that before. It's short for some, long for others.
And to want to do what is right during that life will mean more to yourself, as well as to people you don't even know.
Living forever...a two-edged sword that cuts both ways.
I think I'll stick to what I have...besides, forever seems like much too long a time to pay taxes and deal with idiots.
Wouldn't you agree?
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay SAFE out there, America.


CWMartin said...

Thanks for the shout out! Y'all come over and check out Isaiah at http://humbleauthorbsp.blogspot.com/2016/11/oh-there-he-is.html

As for the rest- yep, do NOT sign me up for living forever. Wouldn't want to be like "Me" on Doctor Who- live so long you forget your name, forget your children, forget how to feel..

Bob G. said...

Hey, you've been working on this shout out for a while...heh.
Hope everyone is doing fine.

Yeah, the whole living forever thing is highly overrated (so I've come to know).
As for ANY "forever", let's wait for the NEXT life for that, okay?
THAT kind of eternity might just work out better.

Thanks for stopping by today and commenting.
You stay safe up there, brother.