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I Wonder (I hope)…

Went to the Broncos’ pre-season game Saturday night.  I’m a football fan.  Well actually, my wife would tell you that I’m a fan of anything involving a ball.  Not true, however – hockey; NASCAR; track & field; I like lots of activities that don’t require a ball.  Do you think that’s what she meant?  Little wonder.

Ever wonder how the sports media and sports radio talk show callers all have “the answer” to every team’s situation?  They have already determined how the Broncos will fare this season.  I guess I can just turn in my season tickets.  Don’t need to play the games.  Lots of “experts”; no wonder.

I was watching President Obama’s town hall gathering last week held on a college campus.  Ever notice that no matter what the question and how complex the topic, our career politicians have the ability to provide a 3-5 minute answer?  Ever wonder if they could ever be asked a question where their answer would be, “I don’t know”?  Lot’s of “answers”; any wonder?

I was playing with my 2 year old grandson Friday night.  He’s at that terrific age where everything, especially the simple things, are wonderful.  Do you remember your first memories?  I remember my family; my front yard; playing with blocks; and being afraid of the dark.  Lots of joy; lots of wonderment.

I often wonder if wondering vs. having “the answer” is some sign of weakness today.   I mean, how many times do we find ourselves “telling” vs. “asking”?  Ever notice people who put their statements in the form of questions?  Too much Jeopardy growing up?  Or, just their clever attempt at “telling” vs. truly asking.  I wonder.

Cynics and critics can be worse than know-it-alls, don’t you think?  (Yep – a statement not a question – my bad!)  But really, how many times do we find ourselves speaking with someone who simply wants to doubt everything?

Wonder, rather than doubt, is the root of knowledge. 

Abraham Heschel

Sometimes just observing; just accepting the possibilities; just wondering is so much more refreshing than the pressure of trying so hard to be right all the time (or justifying ourselves when we’re wrong), true?  Let’s practice:

EVER WONDER… 

Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin? 

Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed? 

Why don’t you ever see the headline, “Psychic Wins Lottery”? 

Why is “abbreviated” such a long word? 

Why is it that doctors call what they do practice

Why is it that to stop Windows, you click on Start

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid is made with real lemons? 

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker? 

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour? 

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food? 

When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? 

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes? 

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections? 

You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff? 

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains? 

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together? 

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress? 

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal? 

Unknown Sage

Here’s to a wonderful day!

GAP

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6 Comments


  1. Jim Anderson
    Aug 26, 2013

    Gary-

    I wonder why there are so few men like you in the world. It would be a far better place if there were more. Now, wonder about that for awhile.

    Jim


    • Gary
      Aug 30, 2013

      Thanks Jim! I receive lots of help from my friends. GAP


  2. Bill Foss
    Aug 26, 2013

    Nice reply, Jim.


    • Gary
      Aug 30, 2013

      Thanks for the compliment Coach – I benefit (continuously) from my friends and coaches! GAP


  3. marc zanger
    Aug 26, 2013

    Fun read.


    • Gary
      Aug 30, 2013

      Thanks for reading me Marc! GAP

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