“Start with the end in mind.”
Stephen R. Covey
(a prized commodity / Julie Cook / 2020)
The Mayor has caught wind of the dire straits besetting the shelves of our stores…
as in, they are bare.
She has made an executive order—
As Mayor of Woobooville, she will keep tabs on any and all rolls of toilet paper
in the house.
She will dole out each family member’s allotted daily TP amount…
nothing more, nothing less…baring any sort of stomach virus during
our days of confinement.
(the Mayor busy at work sorting out each family member’s toilet paper ration / Julie Cook / 2020)
And so it dawned on me…
We are a people accustomed to living in the land of plenty.
We come, we go, we want, we buy, we gather…
The latter half of the 20th century, into the current 21st century,
has been a time of nothing but plenty.
Generations not knowing much about sacrifice.
The majority of our population has not known so much need as they have want.
My grandmother use to always say that “your wants will never hurt you”
This coming from a woman who was a young widowed mother raising two young girls
during The Depression and a world war.
She had little patience with wanting for the sheer sake of wanting.
We, however, are living in a time when kids will actually kill other kids
over a pair of tennis shoes…not because they need the shoes but because they
want a pair of popular trending shoes—
that’s when you know our’s is a society not so much of need but rather of want…
want of things and not the want of needs.
And so I wonder what this pandemic will teach us.
Other than the fact that we seem to think hoarding toilet paper is a key
The Mayor asked that I share this video of Neil Diamond offering his take on
doing out part in washing our hands during this crisis of a virus…
Leave it to Neil Diamond to remind us that we can do this!!!!
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive,
disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous,
without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness,
but denying its power. Avoid such people.
For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women,
burdened with sins and led astray by various passions,
always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth,
men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.
But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all,
as was that of those two men.
2 Timothy 3: 1-9
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I had to get the youtube link and message my wife. She loves Neil Diamond and having a sister named Caroline, that song has been one of their family “theme songs”.
That’s great— Boston Needed hum and now it appears so does the entire US and if not, the globe— peace, hope and good hygiene 😉
I wonder too Julie if this crisis will help us to become more humble and thankful for all that we have. Some will I guess and many won’t.
Love that Neil Diamond song!
We just keep praying and washing Tricia 😉
Keep calm and wash on my friend 🙂
I am praying in earnest that we do learn something from all of this. Our grandparents learned through the great depression, the world wars and the dustbowl. This may be our time of re-evaluation. The mayor has the right idea, but she’s too generous.
🤩🤣 and yes, May we learn!
Certainly makes me grateful for the plenty we have…2019 doesn’t look so bad now
I’ve thought the same thing
Great verse. I saw this on Philippians chapter 2 and thought it was a great reminder. Verse 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Btw, you have the cutest Mayor ❤️
Thank you Jessy 🥰