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#1 Blunt Trauma

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Posted 09 September 2018 - 04:14 PM

….feel free to jump in, it makes me look less crazy when there’s someone else involved in the conversation.

 

A conversation I had while in a dentist's chair sprang to mind. I’m not sure what triggered it, but there it was, just as fresh as years ago when it happened. That’s very possibly an entire other problem, or symptom of one, best left for some other time. But the eventual memory trigger point of the conversation came when I used the words “up until I became successful”. The second it came out of my mouth I was just mortified and realized a couple of things.

 

First was what a “void surrounded by a sphincter muscle” that must have sounded like to the lady. Second was that what I meant by it would never translate to someone that didn’t come up like I did, Hence the “void” sound. Immediately I set in to trying to explain myself, but it was most likely too late.

 

To my way of thinking, the day I became “successful” was the day I met certain criteria that in retrospect, I came up with all by myself and they would mean nothing to someone else. You’re gonna think I’m an idiot, and I’m sure she did too as I stumbled on myself trying to explain. Preface these with “The day I…”.

...got to the point I could eat anytime I was hungry.

...had a stable place to live that no one was going to take from me.

...could buy a pair of pants anytime the ones I had wore out.

...could get where I needed to go without constantly watching the mirror because of tags, insurance, etc.

 

None of that's an exaggeration. Honest to goodness, that to me was success. Don’t get me wrong. I ain’t crying here, cause everything on top of that has been gravy. I’m happy enough with my amount of gravy I reckon.

 

When did you “succeed”?

 

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#2 Blunt Trauma

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:30 AM

Prophetic title.


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:43 AM

Success is a relative term. I've done fairly well for myself in spite of making some poor decisions when I was young. I've learned several skillsets the hard way and built some successful businesses. I'm far from rich, but I live well and things seem to get better the older I get.

But I would have to say that my greatest success is my wonderful family, albeit an honor I must share with my loving wife and the teachings of Christ. Perhaps marrying this fine lady was the point I should label as when I succeeded.

 


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:54 AM

when I was young. 
 

 

You can remember that far back?


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 11:13 AM

 

You can remember that far back?

It's hard!


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Posted 10 September 2018 - 12:00 PM

 

….feel free to jump in, it makes me look less crazy when there’s someone else involved in the conversation.

 

A conversation I had while in a dentist's chair sprang to mind. I’m not sure what triggered it, but there it was, just as fresh as years ago when it happened. That’s very possibly an entire other problem, or symptom of one, best left for some other time. But the eventual memory trigger point of the conversation came when I used the words “up until I became successful”. The second it came out of my mouth I was just mortified and realized a couple of things.

 

First was what a “void surrounded by a sphincter muscle” that must have sounded like to the lady. Second was that what I meant by it would never translate to someone that didn’t come up like I did, Hence the “void” sound. Immediately I set in to trying to explain myself, but it was most likely too late.

 

To my way of thinking, the day I became “successful” was the day I met certain criteria that in retrospect, I came up with all by myself and they would mean nothing to someone else. You’re gonna think I’m an idiot, and I’m sure she did too as I stumbled on myself trying to explain. Preface these with “The day I…”.

...got to the point I could eat anytime I was hungry.

...had a stable place to live that no one was going to take from me.

...could buy a pair of pants anytime the ones I had wore out.

...could get where I needed to go without constantly watching the mirror because of tags, insurance, etc.

 

None of that's an exaggeration. Honest to goodness, that to me was success. Don’t get me wrong. I ain’t crying here, cause everything on top of that has been gravy. I’m happy enough with my amount of gravy I reckon.

 

When did you “succeed”?

 

 

I like to think of myself as a work in progress...But I succeeded yesterday ..and will look forward to tomorrow..and when my life is over then I have succeeded..lol


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 12:26 PM

I figure I have done well to live as long as I have, all things considered...but I would like to say that OSU's answer was a pretty darn good one. 


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 01:09 PM

I figure I have done well to live as long as I have, all things considered...but I would like to say that OSU's answer was a pretty darn good one. 

It's probably the best answer.

There just came a point when climbing that rope of progress changed to clamping down on that sucker with all four appendages and both sets of cheeks, just trying to hold on.

(Yeah picture that one. That's just ugly.)

And I intend to swing from it 'til me or it wears out and breaks.

Y'all keep climbing and I'll just watch from here.


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