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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/10/08)

TITLE: Darwin Only Had Two Hands
By Nathan Perkins
01/12/08


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Darwin got very excited one day about finding three rare beetles at once. All three were unique, but Darwin only had two hands.

The chance to collect the third beetle would pass by if he didn’t respond quickly.

To free a hand, he instinctively threw one of the beetles into his mouth.

All three specimens scurried away, as Darwin stood gagging and in shock at the discovery he made in that moment. He learned that some beetles spew acid in self defense.

Lindsey Jacobellis in the 2006 Winter Olympics, during a downhill race, was way ahead of her competition.

Some would say that snowboarding is a free style sport. However, this particular event was a race. There would be no style points awarded. And it wasn’t just any race. She was headed for gold in the Olympics.

I admire her courage. I like her style. I think she is very cool for doing it, but a difficult trick called a “back-side method” caused her to crash on the second to last jump.

She won her first place position. But in a celebratory fashion that would live in infamy, she ended the race in second place.

I am facing a decision right now about starting a new venture. It is going to take a lot of money, time and passion. Darwin must have felt what I feel, and Jacobellis must have had the same adrenaline rush that I have, as I think about what I could do to impress the world.

I simply do not want to let this great opportunity pass me by, but my hands seem full right now and this venture is a difficult one.

You, too, may have a critical decision. Do you want to say a strong “yes” to something? Maybe it’s that girl or guy you’re going to marry. Maybe it’s to your church’s new ministry. It might be you are ready to say a strong “yes” to your relationship with God.

Pick your “nos” (bad spelling intended).

We can spend all day saying “yes” to new options and ventures. This is the era of limitless options. The only end to all the options is to say “no.”

I hear people say it all the time, “I don’t know what happened.” A marriage falls apart, debt gets too deep, people fall away from God and they don’t know what happened.

If we fail to say “no,” one “yes” will crowd out another and this will happen over and over again until we realize we have accomplished nothing. This is because we have said “yes” to everything.

The degree to which you pick your “nos,” will be the degree to which you will truly determine your “yeses.”

To say “yes” requires saying “no.” To not pick your “nos” is to let your “nos” pick itself.

Decide what you are going to say “no” to.

This whole matter of picking your “nos” is so critical and must be done with care. I recommend prayer. Don’t just pray about what you will say “yes” to. Pray deeply about your nos.

You will pick your “nos” best with your head bowed.


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Beckie Stewart01/17/08
Interesting use of "picking" and "nos"....it had me laughing as soon as you started it! I enjoy this clever writing.
Debbie Wistrom01/17/08
So clever, can't wait for more Darwinism lessons from you. Much good material here.
Heard something on the radio yesterday about choosing your regrets, this echoed what the commentor was stressing. Thanks and keep up the good words.
K. J. Cash01/17/08
Thank you. I enjoyed your story very much.
Joanne Sher 01/17/08
Very clever and creative. This kept me engaged, and your title is GREAT (though I might have called it "picking your 'nos'). Great examples, and good teaching.
LauraLee Shaw01/20/08
To say “yes” requires saying “no.” To not pick your “nos” is to let your “nos” pick itself.

WONderfully brilliant phrase. Good stuff.
Loren T. Lowery01/22/08
I liked your didactic writing style. My one comment would be that the Darwin story speakes for itself, but maybe let the reader know a little more about Lindsey Jacobellis in the 2006 Winter Olympics. That way, those unfamiliar with the situation would have a better undestanding of where the message was headed. Your use of humor was a nice touch and "Picking your Nos" may have been a better lead-in title. Great job, keep up the great writing.