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BlogTalkers: No Bad Things

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This week's question/request...

Has anything bad ever happened to you that turned out to be for the best?

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I'm actually rather an optimist. (Can you tell?)

I don't believe that "bad things" happen to anyone... THINGS happen to people and it's all a matter of interpretation.

Conversely, and possibly a little hypocritically, I do believe in luck and do believe a person can have some rather wonderful things happen to and around them for periods of time... but this is about "bad things"... which, again, I'm not truly a person who believes in these.

In my eyes, life is a series of challenges... things that must be dealt with and overcome. Even if the "best" thing happens... let's say you win a big lottery... it will come with some bad stuff... such as people trying to part you from your money by any means possible.

There's an old Irish saying... Every ounce of pleasure is purchased with a pound of pain. Although this is negative, I see the logic in it.

If you find the "perfect house", you will need to work to buy it. If you are in tip-top health, this is because you've worked to ensure you are healthy. Heck, at its basis, if you have a wonderful chocolate cake for desert, it was either baked or bought by you and required effort.

Everything in life, in my eyes, will require effort... and takes a little pain to make it perfect.

Has anything "bad" happened to me? Only if I let it happen... I don't blame others or situations for personal things. I am the master of my own destiny... so therefore, if all the situations revolve around my personal choices, how can I see them as "bad"?

...and since everything, regardless, is either a life-lesson or that "ounce of pleasure", how can I see it as truly stemming from the negative?

There are events that I cannot see any good from... let's take the horrible terrorist events happening all around us right now...

...but even then, I am reminded of a quote from the late Kurt Vonnegut...

I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire truck.

The end is not justified by the means, but I still try to find the silver linings in everything.

On a much smaller note... let's say that the fellow that has our bus right now sells to someone else...

I'd think, Boy, I hope they take care of it and ensure it stays in good shape. I hope they're ready for the job of getting it going! and if they asked, I would be pleased to help in any way I could. Better to be in someone else's hands in one piece then scrapped.

How about if it got scrapped... I'd think Oh well, I tried... and the journey and attempt to try has led me to many new friends and a real learning experience.

I'd still NOT see the bad in it. I wouldn't be happy, but I refuse to lie down and weep about things.

Life is too short to do that.

Some COULD say that I needed this incident (click here) to really understand about my own life and survival... and I see that... but I don't think it was necessary and I don't "blame" anyone... and the lessons I take from it were simply what they were... no more and no less.

Has a bad thing happened for the best? I dunno... has a bad thing happened... or has "things" happened...?

There's an old saying... Poop (or a word to that effect beginning with "S") Happens... and someone built a T-Shirt that said Life Happens as a response... and I've noted that people take this one of two ways...

Life = Poop is one.

The other, and the one I subscribe to, is that you can't moan or mope about life... because it WILL happen and you will need to accept it as is... because more often than not, it ain't gonna make exceptions for you... so roll with the punches...

Janie sings on the corner, what keeps her from dying.
Let 'em say what they want, but she won't stop tryin', oh you know...
She might stumble, and be pushed around,
she might fall, but she'll never lie down ... it's not so bad.

And I say way-hey-hey, it's just an ordinary day,
And it's all your state of mind.
At the end of the day,
You've just got to say ... it's all right.

- Great Big Sea: Ordinary Day

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This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
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Blog Your Blessings Sundays: What The Cowardly Lion Wanted, I Think We All Have...

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Welcome me to the year 2006!

The Three-Hundred

We all sat down and watched 300 last night... Zack Snyder's take on Frank Miller's graphic novel and more-than-a-little fictionalized account of the Spartan and Persian battle at Thermopylae that happened in 480 B.C.

Not to take down Miller's version, but it wasn't quite as... um... "unique" as he makes it...

Still, a very small group of Spartans (who were a "warrior race") and a handful of others, through a good choice in location and battle planning, did indeed hold back the cream of the Persian invading force and countless other regiments and parties.

It's also true that they knew if they completely fell, so would Greece.

Leonidas, the Spartan king with three-hundred soldiers (and 900 servants) did take the brunt of the fight... and they did ALL lay down their lives in the battle which, in a rare situation of "joint historianism" more-or-less reads the same from the chroniclers on both sides of the conflict.

The Spartans never gave up... they never surrendered... they never retreated...

Some of the "lines" of the movie were taken from ancient history... such as a Persian soldier telling a Spartan that their arrows would fill the sky and "blot out the Sun"... the Spartan DID reply So much the better, we shall fight in the shade.

Xerxes, the head/king/God of the Persians DID call on Leonidas to surrender his arms... to which Leonidas did reply, Μολὼν Λαβέ (Come and get them.)

The Spartans and their army (mostly made up of Thespians... not actors, but men from the Greek city in Boeotia,) did end up losing... and Leonidas did end up dying... but their courage was sung about and Greece finally started battling the Persians as a country, not a collection of city-states... all based on the selfless glory and courage of, really, three-hundred.

I started thinking, after the movie, about all the times I'd heard of acts of bravery... standing defiantly for a cause or belief in the face of absolute power or fear.

That bravery could be Leonidas and three-hundred Spartans... or a single man standing in front of a tank in Tieneman Square... or a fire-fighter who braves the flames to rescue a child... or a kid learning to finally do without the training wheels and learn to ride a bike...

Courage comes in many, many forms... and all are awe inspiring.

Lately, I've read where people see courage in acts of terror... or when they see a protester in a mask... I disagree.

To show "courage", one must stand up... be counted... be seen and identified... not hide... for to show absolute courage is to show one's truest form and allow people to see the person who is showing that courage... that stand for what is right or what must come.

My blessing today is courage.

I'd like to say I display courage often... but sadly, the best I can say is that I try to.

When faced with fear... or a challenge... I try to stand and be counted... and I think of the people I mentioned in this post... the Spartans... the person who stood in front of that tank... the firefighter... the kid learning to balance...

The cop, the soldier, the emergency nurse and doctor... hopefully all of us.

At some point, we need to reach into our very souls... dig deep and find that Spartan within us... who will never surrender... never back up... never quit.

That's courage.

...and what better blessing could we all have as people then, even if it's only occasionally, to tap into that bit inside of us... be it large and obvious... or small and necessary.

We all have it... and I hope we all can count on it... our courage.

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The standard last note on the old blog... PLEASE SUPPORT THE DREAM!

This blog is here to help promote a dream that an entire family shares... that dream is to rescue an old London Double-Decker bus.

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Please, if you have a few minutes, take some time to find out more about this bus and the kooky dream by clicking here.

This bus is VERY special to myself and the whole family, and any help any person can lend us would be most gratefully accepted.

If you or someone you know might be interested, there's our tiny banner site, HelpCoverTheBus.Com and a PayPal donation button (see the upper-right hand side of the blog) and, of course, a Cafe Press shop for T-Shirts and shtuff!
(...and who doesn't need some shtuff!)

Please help us make this dream a reality and save a piece of history!

We thank you for your support!

Please Note: We are also hoping for help from a public relations/marketing standpoint... If you might be able to assist OR know someone who might be willing to, please click here and read this entry...

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One Old Green Bus

This blog was started in April of 2006... its original itent was really twofold. One was to be a "sounding board" for it's author... and the other... well...

At the time we started this, your humble author was unemployed and going through the usual crisis situations that arise from being jobless.

We (my wife, stepdaughter, and I,) used to "amuse" ourselves (read: Take our minds off our troubles) by more-or-less fantasizing as a family about what we'd do when things "turned around". Along this route, we discussed going to England on a vacation... and in that, alighted on "double-decker buses".

We kind of adopted one bus... Regent Low Height 3... as Our Bus... and we used to talk about what we'd do with "our bus" if we got it... from fixing it up to the trips we'd take on it.

Along the way, we became students of the history of this bus which HONESTLY seemd it was truly for us... trouble was, we couldn't afford the bus and weren't in a position to work towards the bus... so we had a couple of options...

Since the bus' position was sketchy (there's a chance she might be sold for scrap or "carved up" in other ways,) we could forget about her and pretend she didn't exist...

...or we could TRY... ask for help... put our dream of owning and saving "One Old Green Bus" into the universe and see what happens...

As of February, 2008, we knew that there was a perspective buyer for the bus (not us, obviously,) and made some difficult decisions... The first was that we wouldn't "beg" for help anymore and give the little money we received to a few different charities both online and off... and the second was simply hope that either we find a corporate sponsor (for an "ad" idea we have, click here to about read that,) or even a patron who see's the value in a silly family's dream...

But, if the bus is about to be purchased by someone who's planning on restoring it and they "get there first", we wish them well and are glad that at least Our One Old Green Bus is in a safe place being looked after.

For now, though, we are still hoping WE might be the ones to get our One Old Green Bus and see a family dream come true...

Regardless, this blog WILL continue... and we will still "go for" a bus of our own... but this blog will ALWAYS be dedicated to our own One Old Green Bus.

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