Scott Sauls encourages people to be friends with those who are different from themselves. In his book (Befriend), he explains why this is beneficial to both parties. He also gives advice on how to achieve this goal.
In the first part of the book, he explains:
Real love, real friendship, is vulnerable. And risky. And costly. And discomforting. And Disquieting. And Agitating like sandpaper sometimes. But the alternative is a heart that ends up in a relational casket or coffin. And who wants that?
Overall, I did enjoy the book and I agree with what he had to say. I should make more friends that are different from me. I am going to work on this over the next few weeks and see how it goes.
I was resting on the couch, thinking about random things, and I started wondering…
What if someone sold all they had in 1999, so they could use that money to buy a fortified underground bunker, stocked with everything they would need for the next 20 years?
What if that person locked themselves in the bunker, during the last week of 1999?
What if that person was unable to get TV or radio signals, due to the extra layers of protection designed to shield them from the effects of nuclear war?
What if that person was afraid of what may have become of the world and since they were totally convinced Y2K would cause the collapse of civilization they stayed in the bunker?
What if after all these years that person found themselves running low on supplies and decided to leave the bucker in December of 2016?
They would probably become an overnight media sensation. They would be asked to do all sorts of interviews. They could write a book about their experiences and that book could be turned into a movie. They would be the brunt of numerous jokes. However, they would be making millions of dollars and they could just ignore the negative comments.
That’s how I think the story would go…
Norton weighs 14 pounds and Ben is over 100 pounds. Every night, Norton claims the largest food bowl for himself and Ben is stuck eating out of the tiny food bowl. Once Ben empties his bowl, he will wait for Norton to leave and then finish off the leftovers.
Norton may be a little guy, but he has a big attitude.
Hope is the expectation for something better in the future. Hope is what keeps us moving forward when times are bad. Hope will allow us to overcome what seems impossible and defeat what appears to be insurmountable obstacles.
It only takes a small flicker of hope to shine in the dark abyss and the human soul will use that hope to continue the fight.
Joey is the happiest dog I have ever seen. His personality type can best be described as a party looking for a place to happen.
A few days ago, Joey went to the veterinarian’s office for his yearly shots. He rushed in the door and greeted everyone with great enthusiasm. The doctor was checking Joey’s vitals and giving him his shots, while Joey was resting his head on her shoulder trying to give her a hug. He got extra treats for that, of course.
Joey is one happy dog.
Three weeks ago, I developed a massive ear infection. The vertigo from the infection was so bad, I would actually get motion sickness while sitting in a chair. Also, the pain was excruciating, so I ended up in the emergency room.
The doctor prescribed antibiotics, which seemed to be helping.
Unfortunately, there was still a ton of fluid built up behind my eardrum. Last week, the pressure from the fluid caused my eardrum to rupture and the fluid starting running out of my ear. It continued draining for three days.
All that nasty fluid caused the ear cannel to get infected. My outer ear was red, inflamed, and extremely painful. The ear cannel was almost swollen shut.
Once again, I ended up in the emergency room. This time the doctor prescribed steroids and antibiotics to help fight the infection as well as the inflammation.
With all that infection running through my ears, I was not feeling up to par. I would sleep all night and take long naps during the day. I was always tired and a bit grumpy.
Today things are looking better. I woke up at 4:00 in the morning and I am wide awake. My ear is still a bit tinder, but this is the best I have felt in a long time.
I am thankful to be awake and alert. I am also thankful for doctors, medication, hospitals, and for the fact I have insurance so I can access medical care whenever I need it.
I am extremely thankful for Mom and Gwen. They spent time hanging out at the ER with me and were willing to help me in anyway they could.
Happy Thanksgiving Day