The other day I was playing around on Twitter and sent out some "one-sided" words. Among the many other peculiarities of our language, one-sided words are those we use in one form, but never in the other. As you read through these, see if you can think up some more and add them to the comment section below.
1. We say "outrageous" but never "rageous"
2. We say "uncanny" but never "canny"
3. We say "indescribable" but never "describable"
4. We say "redundant" but never "dundant" (thanks to Peter Merante for that one)
5. We say "rejuvenated" but never "juvenated" (thanks to Mitchell Boersma)
6. We say "nonchalant" but never "chalant" (thanks to LouisianaBrown)
I like lists. In my journal are several pages for listing things such as trips I've taken, books I've read, and quotes I like. One such list contains an eclectic collection entitled "Life Lessons." This consists of things I've learned through experience that could possibly have saved me from the experience in the first place! Occasionally, I'll dust off this list and read through it, finding that these lessons learned often need to be re-learned. At any rate, they keep me sharp and spur introspection. One that struck me this morning is:
"The time is going to pass and be gone. You can't do it all. Sooner or later you have to figure out what you can't imagine not accomplishing and give everything you've got toward doing it. Learn to say NO to everything else."
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The garden of prosperity is a curious place in which many strange activities occur. Simply observing the scurry of the Modern Man reveals an unorganized Olympic-like competition featuring the following events:
10. Climbing over others to get to the top
9. Throwing babies out with the bath water
8. Running behind
7. Pounding the pavement
6. Kicking butt (and taking names)
5. Throwing others under the bus (one with four wheel drive and a lift kit, no doubt)
4. Hurling insults
3. Catching drifts
2. Jumping to conclusions
1. Passing the buck
There are others, to be sure, such as Dodging responsibility, Chopping others off at the knees, and Stabbing people in the back.
Perhaps you have witnessed a few of your own. Feel free to add them to the comment section.
A book I read a few years back on the subject of developing one's creative thinking explained the technique of combining categories that don't usually mix. In other words, think of an A and a B that don't normally get considered in context with one another and put them together to see what results.
This occurred quite by accident in a recent conversation I had with my wife. We were discussing either football or the ministry (I can't remember which) and she thought I said "Roughing the Pastor" instead of the official foul in the NFL called "Roughing the Passer." Laughter followed, and of course this led to a ten or fifteen minute jam-session in which we both tried to come up with other such penalties a "National Faith League (another NFL)" referee might call on a misbehaving congregation, minister, or both!
With football season winding down, I thought it only fitting to honor my many close friends in the ministry with the following Official List of Church Penalties. Here are our top five:
1. Roughing the Pastor
2. Unnecessary Gruffness
3. Illegal reFormation
5. Delay of game (this occurs when the sermon goes long and gets parishioners home too late for kickoff)
In the spirit of collaboration, I welcome the dear readers of this blog (all 3 of you) to contribute additional violations for this list. Thanks for playing (and praying!)
Everyone inside appears to be having fun, but upon further inspection we realize that this is precisely because they are children.
Pandemonium is somehow the source of the entertainment. Without it, the inhabitants would lose interest and exit.
Anyone with any sense would not seek to enter it in order to improve it, but would instead busy himself with the finding of a sharp object. For only in its deflation can a bounce house be reduced to its core liners and exposed as the bag of hot air that it is. Only by being deflated will the noise and fights emanating from within cease.
Of course, this would be a cruel course of action to follow if the house were filled with happy children. Not so for blood-sucking politicians. In this latter case it would be downright merciful. I can almost imagine one of them looking out from its deflating crush to whisper, "finally."