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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Word For The Week

Fred Rogers - Mr. Rogers, that is - once recounted the most memorable commencement address he'd ever heard. The speech was delivered at Harrow in England, the school where Winston Churchill nearly flunked out three times. After Churchill had become Prime Minister of England, Harrow invited him to give their commencement address. One can only begin to imagine his feelings as he went back to that school where so many years earlier he had had such a hard time. His commencement address was like none that that school had ever heard before-or since! Churchill walked up to the podium and said three words: "Never give up." Then he paused and said: "Never give up." And he paused even longer and said: "Never give up." And then Churchill sat down.

That's all he needed to say because he had lived it. He hadn't given up at Harrow and he hadn't given up what was important to him all along the way afterwards. And you can be sure that he had just as many obstacles as anybody else did. The Gospel writer Luke recounts an instance of a woman who suffered for 12 years with an issue of blood. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. Be that as it may, she never gave up. She heard that Jesus was coming by and she believed that if she could just touch the hem of His garment that she could be healed. Sure enough, she was immediately healed when she touched Him. The problem that many of us have is that we give up before we achieve our goals. Our problem is that we give up before we reach our objectives. Our problem is that we give up.


Yesterday, I went to Kings Island with some of my friends. There is a new attraction there called The Italian Job - based off of the Cooper Mini advertisement movie of the same title. We wound through the line for about an hour, and then an announcer came across the PA system and told us that there were some technical difficulties with the ride and that they'd try to get it fixed as soon as possible. After about 15 minutes of waiting for them to fix it we gave up and got out of line to go to the next ride. No sooner than had we walked 100' away from the ride there were Cooper Mini replicas running on the tracks again and the ride was back in business. We gave up 90 seconds before our mess got fixed. How many times have you given up? It may be that the fix for your mess was already in the works but you gave up before the fix could be completed. It may be that you would have had to wait 12 years for your fix to come "immediately" - or it might never come - but if you give up you can rest assured that nothing will ever change.


Emancipated by Athanasius @ 11:00 AM

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yikes!!! it's a little complicated to get an identity here.

hey oscar,

mprov here. the machine wouldn't let me use the other handle.

i think you're completely right about giving up on things. this is at the heart of the belief issue. those who do...

many times in my own life i've reached a fork in the road which called for a change. yet, in retrospect, if i had continued the possiblities were still open. i could yet have achieved the goal of the original intent.

now, that i've lived enough life, and have succeded in failing a sufficient number of times, i recognize the things that i need to focus on whether i fail or succeed. beauty, art, justice, fairness, equality, and yes, even love. that "l" word that everyone seems to be afraid of now-a-days even if they parade it like a transparent banner.

well, there it is. love above all else cures most ills. and what it doesn't probably isn't worth the effort.

Posted by Blogger mark13 @ Monday, July 11, 2005 1:02:00 AM #

Yes. That's my attitude toward the Great American Experiment. It may be on the ropes. It may be further gone than that. But I'm not so sure it's hopeless. And if it's not hopless, then it's worth a great deal of whatever we can give! If I'm going down, I'm going down fighting for good and truth, love and justice, and peace.

Posted by Blogger larryrant @ Monday, July 11, 2005 11:52:00 AM #
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