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Apart from That, I’m Doing Fine! (standard:humor, 904 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Nov 06 2016Views/Reads: 327/108Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Prayer is not meaningless gibberish, but faith-focused asking.
 



I know I am not correct on many things, just ask the Gracious Mistress
of the Parsonage. If I could be right as many times as I am wrong, I 
would be a genius. The problem is, I am more wrong than I am right, 
which puts me a little bit out of balance. 

People always say things they really do not mean. I guess they are just
trying to be nice and courteous. 

For instance. My wife will say as I leave the door to go somewhere,
“Drive safely.” 

I do not know what that means. Does she think I am going to drive like
an idiot? Well, maybe that is not a good illustration. 

Another one is, if you are going to a party someone will say, “Have
fun.” 

Does that mean they are under the impression that you are not going to
have fun unless you are enticed? Why do people always say things like 
that? 

We always say things that we do not mean. 

Of course, I am always a little guarded about certain things my wife may
say to me. The most infamous one would be, “Does this dress make me 
look fat?” I am not sure who came up with that one, but their head was 
not spinning in the right direction. 

After thinking about that for a little bit I am under the impression
that if anyone asks me that question, particularly if it is my wife, 
they are not looking for the right answer. They are looking for a 
compliment. 

Is it more important to tell the truth or to encourage someone? That has
always been my dilemma. 

One question has bugged me for a long time. I must confess that I have
done it myself, but it still bugs me. It is when we meet somebody and 
say, “Hello, how are you doing?” 

Why do we say something like that? Whenever I asked somebody how they
are doing, I really do not want them to tell me how they are doing. I 
am trying to be courteous and friendly. I do not want to know the 
details of their life. 

As I said, I find myself saying the very same thing. I am trying to get
over this phrase-addiction and probably need several months in some 
rehabilitation center. It would be worth it to get this out of my 
conversation. 

I do not know if I was just having a bad day or if I was just fed up
with this question. Not long ago I was coming out of the grocery store 
and somebody greeted me and said, “Hello, how are you doing today?” 

Something came over me. To this day I cannot explain what in the world
made me do what I did. But I did it and there it is. 

I could tell the person who asked the question was in a hurry to get
into the grocery store but I did it anyway. He asked me how I was and 
so I stopped him and told him how I was. 

“I'm glad you asked,” I started, “because I'm not feeling very well
today.” I noticed he was trying to get beyond me, but I was going to 
have my say no matter what. 

“I hurt my big toe this morning, I think I broke a toenail. I've been
limping all day long and I'm getting rather tired of it.” 

He looked at me and then glanced at the grocery store, but I pretended
as if I did not see. 

“I got up this morning,” I continued as though I had nothing else in the
world to do, “with my back hurting so much I could hardly get out of 
bed. I'm not so sure what happened, but boy does it really hurt.” 



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