Pete Vanderpool presents

An Educated Guess

  • 06/25/2020 12:06 PM | Pete Vanderpool (Administrator)

    I hate to go shopping. I used to like to go shopping, especially book stores, hardware stores, old fashioned general stores, and grocery stores.  But now I dread the word “shopping”.

    Why? Because shopping makes me mad. In this pandemic, we’ve been asked to wear masks. I was in a local hardware store last week, and I was the only customer in the busy store wearing a mask. My wearing a mask protects you more than it protects me.

    My wife asked a young lady in line behind her at the grocery store why she wasn’t wearing one. She replied that she didn’t like them and wasn’t going to wear one, which only tells me she doesn’t care about anyone but herself. I watched a grandpa holding hands with his grandson of probably four, both entering Lowe’s without masks. Young people are seldom seen wearing them, and then they suddenly contract the COVID-19 and say, “I guess I should have worn a mask”. How many people have they shared the disease with, especially elderly family members?

    My friends in healthcare, including doctors and nurses, all comment on the independent stand of not wearing a mask. Wearing one is the simplest thing a person can do to protect themselves and their families. My favorite line of the day about non-mask wearers is from an emergency room nurse, “You better hope I never see you in the ER!”

    Maybe this will all go away and I will look forward to shopping again, but in the meantime, I guess I’ll have to learn to live with the current normal. I’ll look forward to seeing you smile behind your mask. I can tell, you know. Your eyes sparkle and you squint more!

  • 06/19/2020 3:47 PM | Pete Vanderpool (Administrator)

    Picture an airplane taking off with one of those smoke bombs attached to its wing. The result will be a smooth curve going from the starting point on the ground upward slowly until the bomb runs out of smoke. Life’s curve is generally expected to look like that. You start at birth, learn a lot of things, graduate, get a job, get married, have a family, get active in the community or a church. Eventually you retire and enjoy the grandkids. It’s expected to be a gently rising curve from birth to death.
    But my friend David says he never learned a thing from the gentle upward sweep of life’s curve. He learned when the curve suddenly started straight downward. Some people think of that as failure. Some look at it as a learning experience. Thomas Edison was once asked about his many failures while trying to create a light bulb. His reply was that he didn’t fail. He learned a thousand ways not to make a light bulb.
    So the curve more closely resembles a saw blade. I think of it as “David’s Curve”. The down-drops are the experiences which equip us to help others in similar circumstances. They are times of learning, of testing, of making us into wiser human beings. The way to benefit from those times is to look for the lesson hidden in the experience and not to dwell on the chaos of the moment. For those who insist upon living those trying moments for a lifetime thereafter, life becomes a tragedy. They keep adding the down-drops as if a sum total of them were important. The lessons are. The trauma is not.
    Once a person realizes that life is going along without them and that they would be better served to live where life is at this moment, the better off they will be. In fact, they might even realize that they are equipped by their experiences to bless others. Helping others is a sure cure for what ails you.
    Now that’s what life should look like!

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