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Topic: Phew! (02/11/10)
TITLE: A Word of Resignation and Relief
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A new topic never scares me. However, sometimes I never know how to start unless I put pen to paper even without a clear direction. Topics unfold by breaking main topics into subtopics and subtopics into composite sentences. Phew is what one says after breaking a main topic into subtopics which transposes into a written article.
The comment “phew” can be a realization. This realization could be a heavy work load is done, and it was a struggle to finish. Phew could be a signal given to others - the task is frustrating and I am perplexed. Phew could be a comment that the event is over and I’m glad the event is over. Phew is a non-threatening inflection of human emotion allowing people to let off turmoil into a resonant sound. People curse when they become frustrated. People yell obscenities at others when they become angry. Yet, by saying a simple “phew” you allow yourself to be a model of self control while releasing pent up emotions instead of embarrassing yourself and offending others. Human nature is to remember the bad and forget the good. You can change your destiny by simple releasing a “phew” instead of yelling obscenities with pent up emotions.
I personally use phew when I’m dealing with cantankerous people and I’m finally able to get out of their grips. I tend to be helpful and friendly with everyone I meet. People will take advantage of my friendliness. I once made the acquaintance of a man named Larry. Larry was pretending to be my friend while teaching me to play a game of cards. He explained the game making the rules of the game very confusing. I was new to Larry and this group of single adults and I wanted to be included.
I thought, “To make friends, I need to be a friend.” That thought really confused me. Larry knew the card game very well as did the other men we were playing with. Finally, without really learning anything, I bowed out of the game, glad to be rid of this charlatan. Phew!
Once I dated a woman who owned seventy pairs of shoes. This woman actually called the local government to remove snow off her driveway. The local government obeyed and cleared her driveway so she could go shopping. She knows more football scores and statistics than me and any of my male friends. Her culinary skills kept deeply interested in her. She is an excellent cook. She makes great barbeque ribs, broiled salmon, and praline pie. I was drawn to her because of her culinary skills yet confused why anyone would want seventy pairs of shoes. After months of torment and anguish the relationship ended. Phew!
Writing can be extremely difficult. Writing is not difficult when thoughts are flowing. But what happens if the creative juices stop flowing? It happens. I’ll be writing and I’ll stop – unable to continue – for eternity? No. But my writing progresses with jolts, bumps, slalom skiing, and abrupt crash landings. Once the writing is over and the painful concoction is delivered, I can rest. Phew, it’s over, until next time.
In this broken world of misery, all of us are sinners. We can never make it to heaven by our good deeds. We all fall short of the glory of God. Could you imagine having to be held accountable to God for all your sins? We are blessed. We are blessed with grace that Jesus Christ has already paid the price for our sins if we will only accept him as our savior. We are blessed by the grace of God and this grace is through Jesus Christ. Phew, we can be saved, it’s a miracle.
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