A modern day Pilgrim's Progress... with a few detours along the way
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        Jul

        It is me?


        After the last couple of blogs asserting that “Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre” the logical follow-up question would be; “What if it’s me?  If I’m mediocre,  I wouldn’t recognize it because mediocrity looks good to the mediocre.  So I could be operating at a mediocre level without knowing it.  What if it IS me?"

        Here’s the short answer: it IS you. And me.  And most everyone around us. There used to be a comic strip called PogoPogo was the title and central character of a long-running daily strip, created by cartoonist Walt Kelly.  Set in the Okefenokee Swamp the strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its funny animal characters. The most famous Pogo quotation is "We have met the enemy and he is us." Perhaps more than any other words written by Kelly, it perfectly sums up his attitude towards the foibles of mankind and the nature of the human condition.  And it illustrates my point: Because we all do less than our best sometimes, we are all mediocre sometimes.  Which means, sometimes WE are the enemy.

        Let’s take me, for example.  I strive mightily to deliver excellent radio show and blogs.  I don’t always make it…but I do know it when I blow it and I try even harder.  Which means that at least in this area, I’m not settling for mediocre.  But when it comes to mechanical stuff; Whoa!!  I’m way below mediocre.  I hate to quote Woody Allen on anything, but when he wrote, “All things mechanical are alive and after me” he was clearly talking about me.  I think the three deadliest words in the English language are, "some assembly required".  To this day a particular Christmas Eve leaps to mind: I was trying to assemble a bicycle for my son, Scott, and couldn’t make heads or tails of the instructions…which must have been written by a deranged Bangladeshi.  By 3am, I was not only willing to settle for “good enough,” I was praying to get to “good enough!”  When I finally got it sort of together, excellence was the last thing I was thinking about; I was just hoping the wheels wouldn’t fall off when Scott climbed on it.  They didn’t.  And I was satisfied.  It was good enough.  Which makes me what?  Yeah.

        Fact is, I don’t know of anyone living or dead...except Jesus...who excelled in all things.  Even some of the great heroes of the Bible sometimes did less than their best in some areas of their lives.  But they always excelled when it counted…when God called them to perform.  And so it should be with us: we need to focus on what’s most important and give it our best.  Was it important for me to be an excellent bicycle assembler?  No.  Is it really more important to achieve excellence in our hobbies than in our families?  No.  Does God or your boss really want you to settle for “good enough” on the job?  No.  Is your golf game really more import than church?  No.  And most important of all, are we really doing a great job of serving God, spending time with Him and sharing His love with others?  No.

        The first step towards excellence in all these areas is the recognition that we can do better.  Then let's take a step.  And then another.  And then…well you get the idea.  Remember what Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act.  It is a habit" 

        Epilogue

        The winner glories in the good; the whiner majors in the mediocre.  A winners' thinking process differs from other peoples. As part of their normal, moment-to-moment stream of consciousness, winners think constantly in terms of I care, I can and I will. Losers concentrate their waking thoughts on...what they should have done...would have done...what they can't do. Wallowing in mediocrity.  When the minds self-talk is positive, performance is more likely to be excellent. The huge majority of our negative doubts and fears are imaginary.  Denis Waitley

        Thought for the Day

        Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people. Mother Teresa


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        Semi-interesting fact

        The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on earth. Many people mistakenly claim that the Cheetah is the fastest animal. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, and the fastest mammal. The cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 45 mph in 2 seconds. It can run at 70 mph for short distances and can run at an average speed of 40 mph. Humans can run at a top speed of 27.9 mph. The Peregrine Falcon is by far and above the fastest animal. It can fly at 217 miles per hour

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        Joke Du Jour

        Adam was returning home late one night at paradise after drinking with the dodo and the unicorn. Eve got angry and yelled at him: "YOU ARE SEEING ANOTHER WOMAN"
        Adam responded: "Don't be silly, you are the only woman on earth" and went to sleep. Later that night Adam woke up. filling a tickle in his chest and saw it was Eve. "What the heck are you doing?" he asked.
        "I'm counting your ribs" she responded.


        Really??  Actual News

        Angel In the Clouds Above Theater Vigil?
          Look at this photo:  do you see what I see?   Crystal Fuller took the photo after the Aurura theater vigil was finished Sunday night, but said she didn’t notice the image of the angel right away.  She says the angel in the clouds was directly above the vigil site for the theater rampage victims…"I noticed it afterwards.  I had it posted and said crazy cloud … one of my friends said it's an angel and I saw it!" said Fuller on Facebook.  The shape of the angel in the clouds appears directly above she said.  The vigil at the Century 16 movie theater in was held to remember the 12 killed in the shooting that happened at the theater Friday morning. What do you think? Can you see it? Chime in via the comment box below.

        Holy Cow!  A dairy farmer's use of the latest moo-bile technology is proving a huge hit at teaching teenagers about her job - after she painted her cow with a code. Jane Barnes, 46, is encouraging people to "zap" her eight-year-old Friesian cow 'Lady Shamrock' with their smart phones.  When they scan the cow's code, visitors are directed to a blog of Lady Shamrock's daily routine and the challenges facing dairy farmers.  Traffic to Lady Shamrock's site has soared by 150 per cent since she was turned into a wacky walking web link.  Visitors learn that Lady Shamrock likes a good back scratch and grazes outdoors in summer but stays indoors in winter.  She produces up to 10 gallons of milk a day at the farm Mrs. Barnes runs with her husband.

        Fearless Felix Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has done it again.  Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles — an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.  It's the second  jump for Baumgartner from such extreme heights and a personal best. He's aiming for a record-breaking jump from 125,000 feet, or 23 miles, in another month. He hopes to go supersonic then, breaking the speed of sound with just his body. the 43-year-old Austrian ascended alone in an enclosed capsule lifted by a giant helium balloon that took off from Roswell. He wore a full-pressure suit equipped with parachutes and an oxygen supply — there's virtually no atmosphere that far up. It took about 1½ hours to reach his target altitude; nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners.  He was in free fall for an estimated three minutes and 48 seconds.  Baumgartner used a parachute to land in the desert near Roswell, N.M.  Baumgartner won't come close to space, even on the ultimate jump that's planned for late August or early September. Space officially begins at 62 miles — more than 328,000 feet.  Baumgartner, a former military parachutist and extreme athlete, has jumped more than 2,500 times from planes and helicopters, as well as from skyscrapers and landmarks, including the 101-story Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Baumgartner expects to accelerate to 690 mph on his final plunge.

        Can you spell “t-a-c-k-y?”  A pair of Las Vegas men said they are offering curbside nuptials from the back of their Las Vegas Wedding Wagon van for only $99.  Andy Gonzalez and James Cass, who became ordained to perform weddings on the Internet, said they decided to get a piece of the 7,000 to 9,000 weddings held each month in Las Vegas and chose to take the business mobile, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.  "We both saw the potential," Gonzalez said. "There could be real money here."  The men said they charge $99 for a 10-minute wedding.  Gonzalez and Cass said the van will drive anywhere in the city to perform the ceremonies.

        Man shot in battle with mouse  A Canadian man accidentally shot himself in the forehead while trying to kill a mouse with the butt of his rifle. Dale Whitmell, 40, of Goulais River, tried to crush the rodent with his weapon at a camp near Wawa, Ontario, but didn't know the gun was loaded.   He got quite a shock when the gun fired, with the bullet grazing his forehead but luckily not causing serious injury. Police say Mr Whitmell was admitted to and released from the hospital, before being charged with careless use of a firearm. A spokesperson said: "He was very lucky."  It's not known what happened to the mouse.

        Common phrases that come from the Bible:

        Can a leopard change it’s spots? Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

        Worth a try

        Harvard University researchers say; walking barefoot indoors, even on a treadmill cuts joint strain by 67% compared with wearing sneakers. When you are barefoot, your hips, knees and arches take their share of the weight, but shoes can distort the body’s natural walking motion, forcing your heels to bear the brunt of the shock.

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        Bible Stuff

        The words baptize, baptized, baptizest, baptizeth, baptizing appears in the Bible 77 times.

        Groaner

        How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?  Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer!

        Point to Ponder

        The things that will destroy us are:

        * Politics without principle.
        * Pleasure without conscience.
        * Wealth without work.
        * Knowledge without character.
        * Business without morality.
        * Science without humanity.
        * And worship without sacrifice.

        Mahatma Gandhi


        Remember, Christianity is more about walking than about talking


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