In Over Your Head?

That was my thought at 7:00 a.m., trying to figure out what I’m doing in an algebra class.  How, if I’m challenged by navigating the course web site, will I navigate the course?  Oh my…

“Algebraic symbols are used when you do not know what you are talking about.” I don’t know who said it, but it works for me 🙂

So I may be in up to my chin but over my head would never do.  Challenged?  A bit boggled temporarily perhaps?  Those of you who know me have heard me say that words matter. Say you’re in over your head and you probably will be.

So what do you do when you find yourself, like me, facing an algebraic door?  You swallow the panic, take a deep breath, sit up real straight – maybe even stand up – and tell yourself, “I’m looking algebra straight on and I am going to get it; I will win.”

Here we go again, another speech.  You bet!  Speak your victory loud and clear.  I’m speaking mine right here this morning, August 22, 2009, in front of the world via the Web.  By December 18th, end of this semester, at 50+ years old, having survived brain cancer and two brain surgeries, I’ll be the most logical I have ever been, a virtual master of basic algebra, a conqueror of facts and I’ll be dancing around my kitchen singing, “HALLELUJAH, I’ve passed Algebra with flying colors!”

In the meantime, Tom Petty has a song that I adopted as my personal anthem years ago in the face of oppression  – sing it with me, sing it with him, hey,  just sing it!  Here’s the link, stand up and sing  I  Won’t Back Down.

Couple that with a favorite  verse from Scripture and you absolutely have it made.  In over your head?    Not on your life!!!

Stay tuned….


Get off the Bench!

So where I come from, a major NFL city, there’s big news today.  Our former hero has become big news AGAIN – signing on to a rival team after a long drawn-out story.  How do I care?  I get frustrated that we’re such a nation of observers.  I get frustrated that we idolize a sport and those who PLAY that sport.

And people are fired up today.  Is it a good thing, is it a bad thing? How can this happen? And think about the first game between these rival teams now!  I find it ironic, personally.  As I was listening to the “breaking news” and to people expressing sadness or disappointment I thought to myself, people need to “get a life” as the old saying goes.  Get off the bench!  Don’t rise or fall by what happens in a game.  Be IN the game!

Now we can’t all be in the game of NFL football.  But we can all be in the game – creating fun, fabulous, exciting, successful lives of our own and leaving true legacies for our loved ones and changing lives of those around us.  We can turn off the TV and engage in life.

If it isn’t pro sports it’s “reality” television.  There again, we’d rather watch other people live than live ourselves.  Scary isn’t it?  How many of us are living “on the bench” of life instead of being on the field?  Get off the bench, choose to BE, go out and do something!  And that would be my thought for the day.  Hope you have a thought and a fulfilling life of your own.

Choose to BE, Get Off the Bench!!  And have a great time ……….


Don’t Tell Me …

So I’m thinking about limits today.  I have a time limit in which to finish this first semester, looming large at the end of this week.  Twitter limits the number of characters you can post; there are speed limits with some fairly large consequences – found that out recently, too.  Sometimes we limit ourselves through our actions, thoughts or words, there’s one to avoid.

The old saying is “The sky’s the limit.”  Google the phrase and you don’t find who originally said it; apparently at some time it was a song title and even the title of a piece of art. Must be one of those public domain things, but I came across a great response:  Don’t tell me the sky is the limit – there are footprints on the moon!!! And that is actually found in a song, whether it’s original, I don’t know, but it’s out there.

Shorten it up and it’s got a great beat – say it out loud, put it in 4/4 time – Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit; there’s footprints on the moon.  You could march to that one and have fun doing it 🙂

And there’s a thought to carry me through the rest of the day; you, too, perhaps.  Beats the daylights out of limiting ourselves in thought, word or deed.  Are you marching?                     Be well….