Friday, May 31, 2013


Bill Cosby said you should never challenge "worse." Things can always get worse.

You might have trouble taking care of all your kids while your spouse is out of town. Then she could get strep throat and you might have to take care of her and the kids. And you might order some expensive candy as an anniversary present, and she could get a tonsillectomy so you have to take care of everything for another month and lose most of her sense of taste, so she can't taste the candy.

Then you might wake up to find two deputies outside your door telling you your brother killed himself.

On Monday, we had a great visit with my in-laws. Not a half hour after we left a tornado touched down, doing tens of thousands of dollars in damage to their farm. They lost three brand-new grain bins, had damage to center pivots and irrigation pipe and other equipment. Probably crop damage. On Wednesday, my mother-in-law was in a car wreck. She's OK, but the car is not so good. What's next?

But things can always get worse. The corollary to that is that things are a lot better than they could be.
When you get fed up with life, do yourself a favor . . . take a piece of paper and put down on one side all the good things you think about life and all the good things you have. start with your parents, your brothers, your sisters, your friends. All the things you have . . . bicycles, go-karts, everything. Then you turn it over and write down all the bad things you got. Like Johnny down the street you don't like or whatever. And you're gonna find the good outnumber the bad by so much that you don't even have to pay attention to the bad because you got so much good goin' for you.

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