Hell of a Guy

Getting It…

09/06/2006

The other day The Nancy and I were driving somewhere and I said something about something (most likely, since I don’t remember what I said, it was probably less than profound).  The Nancy replied to whatever it was I mumbled saying that I had “A firm grasp of the obvious.”  I thought this was so neat I immediately wrote it down, just so I would be reminded to ruminate on it when I found the time.  Here in West Virginia we say “chew on it a while.”  So, here’s my chewing.

The Nancy doesn’t always acknowledge I have a firm grasp of anything.  She knows me way too well.  During conversations, she knows I miss a lot of what is said.  Not so much because I am not listening…well, perhaps partially because I don’t listen well…but most of the time I do listen but still miss out on the “point” that is being made.  I have a similar problem with reading comprehension.  I can read a sentence or paragraph over two or three times and miss the point of it.  It’s one of the reasons The Nancy reads two or three books to my one. 

I was assigned to a remedial reading program in the seventh grade (1956).  The teacher’s name was – I can’t believe she could possibly still be living – Mrs. McGill.  I remember her very well; she looked like Olive Oyl, except she usually had her hair up on top of her head in a bun and wore glasses.  Hell, maybe she didn’t look like Olive Oyl at all?  Any way, my reading comprehension was at about the same level after the class as it was before.  A lot of it had to do with my “Give-a-Shit” level.  It was at about a minus two. 

Okay!  Back to the present: if you say to someone he or she has “A Firm Grasp of the Obvious” you acknowledge or affirm that someone “gets it.”  I really like it.  It just rolls off the tongue so smoothly, even if it does not really apply to me.

One of the first questions asked of participants in the program The Nancy and I did in Dallas (http://www.millennium3education.com) is “What Are You Pretending Not to Know?”
Think about this: How much do we pretend not to know about ourselves, others and situations going on around us?  We see things that aren’t there, while we ignore stuff that is staring us in the face.  Dammit, we make up stuff just to fit those things we are pretending not to know (fact versus interpretation).

Some people just love gloom in their lives and cannot live without it.  These people go through their lives with their heads stuck so far up their asses they only see the world as dark and shitty.  I heard this malady referred to as “Rectal-Cranial Inversion.”

I don’t consider myself to be overly bright.  Those of you that have visited this site previously know this about me.  Compared to others I know my level of intuitiveness ranks very low on the scale.  Some people can read between the lines, others are so astute they can read between each word.  Me!  I catch on sometime in the following week.  I just flat out miss stuff because it goes over my head.  On the contrary, I am so much a skeptic I will have to see the Pearly Gates before I will accept that I am a goner.  Perhaps my lack of intuition and keen skepticism balance me out. 

My rumination on “A firm grasp of the obvious.” led me to ponder how some people are so high on life and show it, while some others live theirs being the quintessential “victim” living in the land of Woe-Is-Me. Why do some people attempt to move forward in their lives looking straight ahead, while others stagger forward with their heads at a 180 looking back at the past?  My life is now and in front and my past is gone.  Do you get my drift?

One of the things I have learned is that I am fully responsible for what happens in my life.  This, my friends, is a “Firm Grasp of the Obvious.”  I am in control of my life and have been for nearly two years.  Now I know that sounds strange, but I have to own up to the fact that I spent sixty years floundering around, but I finally “got it” at a seminar in Dallas.  Aristotle said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” 

It can be yours if you are interested in taking control of your life?  Details at the website shown above.

So ends my endorsement and that’s all I have to say about that (for now).

 
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