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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Life is dangerous

Well, it felt like July today! The humidity was back. I'm not complaining though. We've really had a pleasant summer thus far. This evening Andrew and I were reading on the porch. A while back he checked out two John Maxwell books from our local library. He finished one and I am reading it now. He is reading the other. Here are a couple of things from each:

Under the heading "Sometimes things are painfully obvious and need little explanation" are these humorous warnings and pieces of advice collected from the military:

  • "Aim towards enemy." -- Instruction printed on U.S. rocket launcher
  • "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend." -- U.S. Army
  • "If the enemy is in range, so are you." -- Infantry Journal
  • "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed." -- U.S. Air Force Manual
  • "If your attack is going too well, you're probably walking into an ambush." -- Infantry Journal
  • "Never tell the platoon sergeant you have nothing to do." -- Unknown army recruit
  • "Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you." -- Your buddies
  • "If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him." -- U.S. Ammo Troop

Talent is Never Enough by John C. Maxwell. Andrew especially laughed at the last one. :)

And from the book I was reading called The Difference Maker, on the subject of fear:

"Maybe the best approach [to life] is to adopt the attitude of poet Gertrude Stein, who said, 'Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really frightening.' There are no guarantees in life. People look for many things to protect them: burglar alarms, traveler's checks, aspirin, umbrellas, GPS systems, and air bags. But the truth is that life is dangerous, damaging to your health, and will eventually kill you. So you might as well live life to the fullest." (pg. 136)

Now there's a thought! :-)

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