These words are in my head and I have carried around with me for quite awhile. I am a little frustrated this morning and maybe just enough pissed off to speak the truth! I cannot remember the name of the radio jockey that used to have callers call in with things that were discussed that chapped their hide.
I turned 64 years old a few days ago. I am old school and proud of it. Things were a lot different back then and in many ways much better. I cannot open a door to a gas station or the mall without looking behind me to hold the door for anyone coming up behind me. The reason I know to do this is that is those manners were taught to me as I was growing up.
I listened to it a few times but usually went to a different channel. I chose to listen to music or better yet things that were positive or upbeat. So at the risk of being whinny myself , I would like to share something with you you may have never thought about or learned.
Not long ago, I was at a wedding and I was talking to someone and I shook hands with another as they passed by. I thought to myself my parents would pull my ears and give me an earful for not standing when I greet another. It is ingrained and I was trained and it stays with you. I almost always arise to the occasion as I greet a new patient showing respect whether is an elderly person or a seven year old. Often a patient will stand as they greet me and even though
If I am walking up to door and the young person opens it and slithers through like a snake, I want to grab the back of their shirt and give the the' what for' speech. I have come to learn that it is not their fault! They were not taught this back home and I wonder what else the internet and Facebook has failed to teach them.
I never met their folks, when they rise I know they were raised right.
When I first learned to play golf a guy yelled at me as I was walking while another was putting. My tall and long shadow passed over the hole and his line . I was embarrassed and felt stupid ! I was taught one of golf's not to do's in such a way it still chaps my hide. That day and that way tells me grabbing the kid is not the way to teach or reach. Maybe if you feel these words are worthy and grab you, we can share with others in a more gentle way.
Even if they do call in a few minutes before, it still robs us of income and even worse a spot that could have been used to help another.
I have thrown a few warm up pitches to set you up for a fast ball right at your head! I am shocked at the number of people who will make appointments at medical practices and not show up. They do not have a clue how rude and selfish this is. They have take a very choice chunks of time from people who make their living with them. This spot has been saved for them and kept others from getting seen that day and they don't use it or call in to let us know.
I really feel they have no idea how this works where I work. Not long ago I heard an elderly lady complain how rich and greedy doctors are these days. They book so many patient and of course kept her waiting. This of course chapped her hide. I tried to explain that if everyone would show, it would be a perfect world . We could stay on schedule and there would be far less stress for patients and medical staff as well. We know that some will not keep their word. I need you to read that sentence one more time. What? My word? There was the fastball. Blew it right past your eyes.
The last time you made a eye appt you gave us your word. We put your name on a valuable spot. In my eyes, it was your word saying you would be there at that time and date. We put it there in good faith that you would would keep your word and ours as well as we saved it for you. The bible says God abhors (look up that word) the man who does not keep his word. If you are one of these, my prayer is that this really chaps your hide. Somebody should have tanned yours and fixed this long ago. if no one ever taught you this I apologize to you and I apologize and stand corrected but so do you from now on.
I grew up in a home that did not know the rules of golf but I was taught this and many other things. I hope this will be passed on and along to my grandkids and who knows maybe yours. I give every person out there who uses an appointment book and sells time before the service(clockwork) my permission to make a copy of this. We should put it up on the wall and maybe even send to chronic no shows.
As long as I am laying all the cards on the table , I want to share this. I have been checking eyes for 37 plus years and have found preachers and people who profess to be followers of Jesus and their families are perhaps the worst! They are not bad folks they just do not know what they do! They are God fearing folks and would never walk in a bank or any place of business and take even a dime. They have never been taught this is liking walking in an office and taking two hundred dollars away from that cash drawer. It was to be used to pay the staff wages bonuses and such which if affecting many indirectly by their lack of integrity. I cannot remember a time in my life where heard a preacher discuss this from the pulpit. I think it is about time.
I have had things come up and had to cancel appointments myself at the last minute. Things come up and life brings many surprises . There are good excuses but there or just way too many people who over commit to their own appt book and lives. Every time this has happened, I call in and offer to pay for it even thought I did not show. I had only one ever ask me to do this and I did. Once in awhile a patient will call and apologize to my girls and offer to do the same. I have never asked them to do this but it shows me we they were raised right!
I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.
The best thing you can give your children , next to good habits , are good memories.
Sydney J. Harris
Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
Daniel J. Boorstin
Nothing speaks louder or more powerful than a life of integrity.
Showing up is 80% of life .
The irony of truth is that the greater potential of offense , the greater it's potential of giving hope.
As you come up our drive and after you cross the small creek,you pass between two field stone
pillars that match the stones on our home. There is a light atop both of them . Right now, one is green and the the side is white. The green light is to show support for all the people who serve our military as well
as those who have done so in the past.
At Christmas i hang white lights along the 4 rail horse fence. We change the white one to red and
The entryway is good to go. The placement of the red and green has a reason behind it as well.
It may seem to be be random but Iassure you is not the case.
On a plane the red light is always on the left side and the green is on the right side. green and right both
have 5 letters and this was how I was taught to remember as a boy. This applies to boats as well.
Our oldest son, Josh, is a navel aviator. He and his wonderful wife , Christina, are a week or two from going
to Japan. They have lived in several places over the last few years. They lived in Fallon Nevada
most recently and we were blessed to have all of our boys and their girls under our roof and together
Since they aproached our farm from the west the right light was green and the left one was on the left
came home. When they were out east in Va it was the reversed. Japan is on the other side of the world
so I am not sure what I will do. I have not stepped it off but am told it is about as far east to west as it is
west to east.
God is a concerned loving Father who loves you so much! He has made a way for you to come
home through his son Jesus. The porch light of heaven is on . You have a green light my friend.
Because of the red blood of Jesus ,your sins are forgiven . Your approach is cleared as well as all your sins.
As far as the east is from the west,so far has removed our transgressions from us.
Yesterday I went out to check on the horses. It has again been vey hot here of late and a daily chore
to top off the water troughs will cool clear water.As I make my rounds the horses ususlly get excited when they hear the sound of our old red ATV. Because this vehicle usally has horse feeds as well as carrots, we c call it "Chuck" short for chuck wagon .
There is a mare and two young ones in the south pasture. I whistled and they did not come. I banged on the
red tubes on the gate with the scooper. It makes a sound that sounds like a hillbilly dinner bell. I had seen them the evening before and knew they were ok. I surmised they had found a place with a breeze and had it made in the shade.
I set the bright orange bucket filled with feed and carrots in front of the gate. This bucket was a physical reminder for me to "lets do this later". I had some mowing to do and that filled several hours of the afternoon. I kept looking down at the water tank seeing they had not yet drank from it and for the first time became a little concerned.
I went down to the gate and did the two tone whistle my dad taught me. I do this in honor of him and have taught my sons to do the same. They all would turn and prick up their earsand know it was me if I did this even in a crowd.
I banged again on the gate and in no time flat heard the three of them flat out running as hard as they could
go. They seemed happy to see me and even more to see Chuck .They were breathing heavy as they devoured their snacks.
My friend I believe God is calling all of us. As we read Scripture, we learn he calls us all differently . Many people tell me after I speak that I missed my calling. I would quite my practice and enroll in seminary school tomorrow if I felt in my heart that is what God wanted for me. I answered my "call to the see" many years ago. I love the interaction I have with patients for the most part. I never would have believed God would and could could use me to write these stories for his glory.
He has blended and used the very things I love and hold dear such as horses, hunting , and rivers . I am often very surprised at how stories and lessons come together in such a way that I know it is not me but him working through me. Here is the exciting part, he wants to do the same with you. You may not be called to write or do eyes but you are being called . What do you do that gives you joy and satisfaction? There is your best clue in regard to what God is calling you to do.
I pray that at times this website feeds you. I write for all God's people and not just those who gather under the steeple. All I know is when I do this with the hope of pleasing my Savior, it just feels so "write"!
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things
you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
When you empty yourself, God rushes in.
For the man who prays in his heart ,the whole world is a church.