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How to identify a fool

One of the characters of the fool that makes him easy to identify is his mouth.   He is either trying to sell you something, get you to join him on some crazy scheme, or trying to cover up his evil deeds and mistakes.   He thinks he knows everything.  He doesn't listen to reason.  He doesn't take the time to learn about anything but has a lot to say about it regardless. I guess I shouldn't try to say too much about it, eh?

The Web of Consequence

I am going to start using the phrase, "Web of consequence."  I will define it as the as a metaphorical way of describing the messes that we get ourselves into that tend to spin out of control into much bigger messes because of our own bad decisions, lies, stupidity, refusal to take responsibility for our mistakes, etc.  It can take many forms.  It can spin out of control into different directions and tangle us up in a web of lies.  It can grow and blow up with devastating consequences, destroying our relationships, our finances, and our lives.   The way to avoid this is truth and honesty.  While the truth can also have consequences, it stops this web from forming in the first place.  It stops it from getting any worse.  Then you can deal with it and move on to the next thing.  If you gotta take a loss, take it and move on.  Bad enough doesn't always have to get worse.   Acting fairly in your business dealings, and avoiding evil can also help.  In other words, don't ch

I am being tempted

I am a single dad.  I have two adult children and one who is 10 who I am raising on my own.  I have been on my own for 4 years now, after 23 years of marriage.  My ex is bipolar and has made some really bad decisions which has affected our whole family, and because of that I have been on my own with kids.  I'm not going to get into the details of it, but I had to rebuild my life from the ground up while being the dad to the best of my ability.  And I did it.   Jessica Alba GIF from Jessica Alba GIFs That was then, this is now.  I am now at a really good place in my life.  I am happy.  I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish on my own.  I have focused on my relationship with God.  I am focusing on being a good dad.  We have the best toys.  If I want something, I have been able to find a way to get it.  My bills are all paid on time.  My daughter has a roof over her head, food on the table, and clothes on her back.  I've made it through some really tough times and came

Proverbs Chapter 10

Starting on Chapter 10 of the book of Proverbs.   I'm going to have to do something different moving forward.  Take it a few at a time I guess.  Small chunks of wisdom.    10:1 The proverbs of Solomon:  A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother. I have 3 daughters, two who are on their own.  As a parent, I pride myself on their doing well and being successful in life as adults.  One will struggle however, and brings me grief.  So, I know the feeling.   I think the proverb is meant to go a little deeper.  The advice is YOU be the man (or woman) that would make your parents proud.  Being a fool, straying off the straight and narrow path will make your life difficult.  That will bring your parents grief and leave you dependent on them. --------------------- 10:2 Ill-gotten treasures profit nothing, but righteousness brings deliverance from death. Ill-gotten treasures = riches gotten by dishonest means - stealing.   Righteousness = keeping to a high mor

A short preface to the rest of the book.

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I started doing this personal study of the book of Proverbs, going through it chapter by chapter.  I find I can no longer do that as the format of the book changes once we get to Chapter 10.  I started on it a few days ago and quickly got through the first 14 proverbs.  I just scrapped the whole thing as I feel I need to do it justice or else I will be cheating on myself.   So moving forward, maybe I'll tackle it a few at a time.  Perhaps I'll get stuck on one proverb in a post.  Who knows?  I will have to just keep plugging away at it.  This is going to take a while.   Buckle up. Maybe at some point I'll find a structure in it, although now I do not.  It seems random and repetitive.  Then again, life is full of random lumps of reality coming at you and we learn in little chunks.  We learn through practice and repetition.  There are so many bumps in the road along the way.  There are so many obstacles to get around.  There are so many temptations to avoid.   Sometimes we ma

Stop and take the time to smell the roses

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I have a friend.  Her life is sadly pretty full right now raising an autistic grandchild by herself; and is taking care of her mom who has health issues.  On top of that she provides and maintains a home.  She is overwhelmed.  She has little support, is unable to take any time for herself.  Her life is stressful and tiring and it's catching up to her.  She is becoming snappy, and easily agitated.  I feel like she took it out on me, and it's gotten to the point where I am no longer going to reach out to her.  I am a friend, and I will be here if she needs me.  That's the best I can do.   As a single parent, I can relate to her.  I have daughters and with that comes all kinds of drama.  My middle child was extremely difficult, so I've been there.   Her problem, like so many others out there, that she doesn't take the time for herself that she needs to stay both mentally and physically healthy.  She doesn't take the time to unwind.  She doesn't take the time to