Six Word Memoirs
March 31st, 2009

little-writerTry this out: Describe your life in six words. That was the challenge someone put to me. I did their exercise but the funny thing is, I did it, 11 times, and still can’t get it into one 6 word statement. Here they are. Tell me yours. Hope you like them.

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The Knife’s Edge of Hope
March 30th, 2009

knifeThe blade glistened in the late afternoon sun. “Stay away from me!” she screamed.
Wildly she slashed the knife back and forth pointing it in severe warning at both my partner and I. “Stay BACK I SAID!”

But her eyes were wild. She shook her head violently back and forth between my partner and I. “Mary, please? Can I have the knife? Put it down.” “Mary, Put the knife down now.” I inched closer. Everything had gone wrong for her. And now, our lives and even her own, was in jeopardy.

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Hopeful Turning
March 27th, 2009

intersectionWe travel through our lives in a perpetual state of crossing new intersections which we’ve never seen before. We are raised by people who love us and try to teach us right from wrong so that we don’t end up making the same mistakes they did and end up in trouble. But we go our own way anyway. We somehow figure that we know better than they did. We are smarter. Whatever happened to them was just bad luck and there is no way it would happen to us. So we screw up, and if we survive, we pass on our lessons to others, hoping they don’t make the same mistakes we did. Much like us, some’ll listen, but many won’t. But for some reason we hope and teach anyway. Hope make us lead others through the uncharted intersections in their lives and all-the-while, we never lose our need for others to teach and lead us. Read on……..

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Hope of a Father
March 26th, 2009

father-and-childI’ve not checked with the father of the victim for permission to tell this story so I will change the names and places in order to protect their family. But the story needs to be told because it exemplifies the Hope of a father in saving his daughter. She had probably run away and the prospects of her being out on her own at that tender age left them nearly blind with fright. Without hope, they would have sat there and done nothing. They hoped they could find her, get her back, save her and love her again. Rather than do nothing, which is what the post yesterday talked of, they hoped and took action.

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A POW’s Hope Never Forgotten
March 25th, 2009

number-tatooThe only thing that evil and failure needs to succeed is for good people to do nothing and hope to be lost in the noise of life. Adam told about how he had been captured by the Nazi’s during the second world war and was tatooed with a number on his forearm which he showed to me. I looked at that number knowing that a Nazi had tatooed those numbers on his arm many years ago and there were just as clear today as they were then. So too were the memories in Adams mind.

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The Misery Option
March 24th, 2009

misery“Disappointments are mandatory. Misery is optional.” We are all bound to experience disappointments in our lives. We will all face tragedy of some kind or another. But feeling miserable over them is an option. You do have a choice.

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Finger Pointing
March 23rd, 2009

finger-pointing1 When we point the finger at other people we are actually criticizing them. We don’t generally like it ourselves, but we seem so willing to help others out realizing their shortcomings. OR! we just point the finger at their backs while talking at the same time to others, filling them in on all the sordid details of the persons flaws and failures. But what happens when someone points the finger at themselves, unjustly? I recently ran into just that situation.

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Hope Sticks Out
March 20th, 2009

Hope Sticks it OutIf the conditions are right, we begin to build on the smooth exterior of our lives and the people and things, experiences and knowledge begin to produce a landscape on our spinning lives and provide us with character and unusualness and we become different from those around us. The Lord makes us all different but we stand out as we spin our way through this cold world and build upon ourselves in such a way that makes others pause, and wonder. “Look at that! They are so unusual!” and we have an impact.

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H.O.P.E.
March 19th, 2009
hope-in-bottle
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H: Hold
O: On while
P: Praying
E: Ernestly

When I say that I’m hoping for you, thats what I’m doing. You matter. You are being prayed for and while there may not be any way out of the situation you see yourself in, I am asking for you to have the strength to hold on just one more day.

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Kyle’s Suicide
March 18th, 2009

suicide-river-faceThese friends had never let him down. They never laughed at him. They were always there, always in the wings. He could count on them. He knew them inside and out and had lovingly cared for them. So he gathered them from where they were hidden, lined them up for one last cleaning and gently laid them all in a row. He took his favorite friend, loaded 9mm hollow points into it’s 30 round magazine, sat in a chair hugging it with only one thought going through his mind. “It’ll soon be over.” He said one last goodbye, flipped the selecter lever from safe to full auto, placed the barrel under his chin and………..

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