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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: Dumb As a Doornail I'm Not
By Marilyn Schnepp
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For example, how many times do you hear the expression, "Sharp as a Tack, Sly like a fox, or Cool as a Cucumber?" And far be it for me to forget the masculine characteristics...such as, "Straight as an Arrow, Wise as an Owl, or Solid as a Rock."
We could go on indefinitely with classifications such as: Neat as a pin, Light as a feather, Strong as an ox, etc, etc, - but I'm sure you get the drift. We, the <i>Superior</i>, continually compare ourselves to the <i>Inferior</i>.
If you think that's strange, think about the logical aspect of the cliche' "Wise as an Owl". First, what does a large-eyed nocturnal bird with a rubber neck have to do with wisdom? And secondly, it only reminds us of the long legged, long beaked Stork Airline that delivers our Bundles-of-Joy to the hospital - but we pay the "delivery bill" to the doctor. <i>Mankind owes the owl and stork an apology.
"Is this epistle of yours going anywhere?"</i> I think to myself as I do a word count. <i>Whew...just made it, so the finale is coming right up</i>
If we humans are so adept, skilled and proficient in classifying ourselves, how cometh this writer has spent four days trying to come up with an animal, mineral or vegetable to describe the word Confident? ie; Confident as a_________?
Yes, I know. I can see it's a blank. After many hours of searching the recesses of my mind, I realize that I'm not really confident of anything down here on planet earth. Not confident of the weather, the president, the landlord, a paycheck, or even tomorrow.
However, there is one exception; but because He is a Deity and a Supreme Being - He is therefore uncomparable.
<U>CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER:</U>.
After living on planet earth for 25,430 days, 8 hours and 22 minutes...I am confident that there is a God that makes the world go around, raises and sets the sun, moon and stars every 24/7, ditto the Morning and Evening Stars & Orion, and ditto the Four Seasons.
Not Once during the 675,728 hours and 22 minutes that I've lived on planet earth has God ever failed to keep His Universe spinning and turning in perfect order, or failed to hear a whispered prayer from a tiny little planet that has gone astray, lost it's way, killed His son, burned His Word, kicked Him out of Schools and Courts, and spit on His Commandments.
But I am confident in God's love for mankind, and for me; I'm almost as confident that some "Smart as a Whip" mathematician turned writer, will take the time and effort to add, multiply and divide this writer's allotted time on earth, just to expose some poor old writer's most closely kept secret... their date of birth.
But dumb as a doornail, I'm not. (*.*)
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