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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Measure (01/10/13)

TITLE: A Ruler's Best Life Lines
By Lillian Rhoades


A Rulerís Best Life Lines

I was not created to handle curves. The hallmark of my success comes from knowing how to draw the line from one point to another. And every day I try to walk the straight and narrow with the following guide lines for life that contribute to my good fortune.

Life Line #1:

Never draw lines in the sand.

Ultimatums lead to battles not easily resolved. Thatís a danger zone that must be avoided.

Life Line #2:

Remain steady and strong under pressure.

I learned this lesson when I was summons to help measure two and a half yards of fragile, expensive cloth. The hand that held me down was hot and heavy, and the pressure nearly cracked me. But I remained steady and did not move or break. Endurance under pressure kept me in line.

Life Line #3:

Do not measure yourself by another yardstick.

Be content with the wonderful creation you are. Some of my friends can stretch to longer lengths than I. One friend extends to two hundred and ninety two inches. Thatís more than twenty times my size. But I donít envy him. I like who I am. Sometimes I think he would like to be me, because Iím used more often.

Life Line #4:

Never hold a grudge.

I made the decision not to hold a grudge when I lived in Mrs. Greenleafís house. One day I heard her muttering under her breath.

ďNow where did I put that ruler?Ē

ďOver here,Ē Mrs. Greenleaf, ďon the second shelf,Ē I called out.

But I guess she couldnít hear me, because she eventually tore off the side of a cardboard box to underline a verse in her Bible. I could have held a grudge against Mrs. Greenleaf for lining up someone else to take my place. And next time she needed me, I could have lay just slightly left of center. But I figured that would be a waste of time. Anyway, Mrs. Greenleaf soon discovered that a cardboard box is no substitute for the smooth, straight edge of an authentic ruler.

Life Line #5:

Never feel the need to broadcast your talents.

Remember Solomonís words. ďA manís gift makes room for himĒ (Prov. 18:16). I am gifted to provide accurate measurements. And even when Iím tossed around in a school bag, lay dormant for days on end in a tool box, or made to sit for hours precariously perched on a roof top until called upon to serve, Iím perfectly content. I know my measuring skills will always be in demand.

Life Line #6 is a fitting summary for all the lines I live by.

Life Line #6:

Face the final days of life with courage.

When my numbers have faded, my edges splintered, Iím all marked up with pen and pencil indentations, and no one can tell my half inch from my eighth of an inch, I will not be afraid to retire in peace. I figure life has been good to me, and Iíve enjoyed what I was created to do for as long as I could do it Ė helping to make uneven lines straight. And along the way, never ruling out making straight uneven lives.

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Theresa Santy 01/18/13
Loved this cute, fun, adorable piece. Your 'lines,' like, "when my numbers fade," are very clever.

And I'm still smiling.
Sarah Elisabeth 01/19/13
Okay, this was pretty cute! Loved the comparisons to real life, especially the end when we're "all marked up." That shows we've done our part. Great creativity! Funny what can happen when you get into the mind of a ruler ;-)
Danielle King 01/19/13
I love your creative,clever and out of the box entry. It brought back memories of the good old days of yards, feet and inches and those 12 inch rulers that we had at school. Metric and me don't gel!
Allison Egley 01/19/13
This is so cute and creative! I love the ruler's POV. :)
lynn gipson 01/19/13
This is brilliant! In grade school I was always fascinated by a ruler, don't know why, maybe because it gave me knowledge. I really loved this, especially the part about staying calm under pressure.

Thank you Lillian, rules to live by and bring a smile!
Joe Moreland01/20/13
This is so creative and cute as many others have said, but, no matter the context, those are great life lines. Wonderful job!
Myrna Noyes01/20/13
Very creative piece here from the viewpoint of a ruler! :) I enjoyed reading the life lines and appreciated the wisdom contained!
C D Swanson 01/22/13
Clever, different, and totally entertaining overall. God bless~
Bea Edwards 01/23/13
Fantastically clever use of topic. I enjoyed it even more the second read through.
But should summons in Life line #2 be summoned?
Terry R A Eissfeldt 01/23/13
A treat. A gem. Great voice.
Myrna Noyes01/24/13
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS on your E.C. win for this wise and clever piece! WAY TO WRITE!! :)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/24/13
This is great. Congratulations and a Happy Dance! :-)
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/24/13
Congratulations on EC for this very creative piece. You even managed some great advice in your clever entry.
Theresa Santy 01/24/13
Congratulations, Lillian! I am still smiling...
lynn gipson 01/24/13
Congratulations of your EC! I loved this one.