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Pools, Proverbs & Perspective

Posted on June 22nd, 2017.

We are all human. We have all had moments when we found ourselves frustrated, edgy and in a bad mood for no apparent reason at all. Some would say we “woke up on the wrong side of the bed!” From time to time, we need a big dose of reality to get our perspective in order. A wake-up call!

I had one such day that is now laughable as I recall it.

Over thirty years ago, we had a pool in our back yard. On this particular day, I was on edge. Nothing I said was right, and nothing my wife said was what I wanted to hear. Just one of those days! My wife called me outside to see a scorpion that was in the pool. With a huff, I walked toward the pool, and not seeing anything from my vantage point, I told her there was nothing there. She told me it was all the way down on the bottom in the deep end and you had to look hard to see it. I leaned over as far as I could. At that moment, I felt it. A small hand pushed on my back and sent me flailing into the pool. Fully clothed, wallet in my pocket, dress shoes on my feet. Yes, that’s right. Brenda cooled me off very quickly and gave me a wake-up call.

While I am not advocating the violence my sweet, little innocent wife took out on me that day, I am certain that we have all been guilty of letting circumstances or other peoples’ attitudes, affect our attitude. Sometimes we need to step back and look at our situation from a different perspective. Before we pop off at the people around us, or make others frustrated, simply because we aren’t “happy,” let’s take a step back. You can’t “un-say” something you say in anger. You can’t “take back” words that escape your lips once they have been delivered.

Even Proverbs warns us about guarding our mouths and preserving our lives.

The moral of the story: think twice before you put a pool in your backyard!



He who guards his mouth preserves his life,

but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 13:3

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