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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Life is so tough

Updated on October 21, 2019

Don't Take Too Much Stuff

10 miles hiking with your pack and you try not to take so much stuff.
10 miles hiking with your pack and you try not to take so much stuff. | Source

Welcome to My World, Relax

Not So Easy

I do not have a selfie from Cancun. Sorry. I still have not figured selfies out.

I have serious problems. At least most would say so. My doc. says I do and then laughs. Shucks we laugh. My blood tests are not so good but he likes the color pink. I try to tell him a Mauve looks better on him. Health issues are irritants not defining stuff. Shoot I set appointments with the Doc. just so we can catch up. And do not tell my wife about my boyhood type crush on Sylvia my nurse.

That soccer net needs more anchors, I am working on a good spiral with my left hand and my putting needs some more work. My garden is pissing me off with all the crab grass and we are in a drought. My young son plays too much screen time but can fix my phone and laptop. I have a tough life. Washing two cars every week is hard work. Trimming my trees makes me get up on a ladder. My ladder or my neighbors. I have to take out the garbage on Mondays. I have a tough life. Don’t even get me started on the Olympic + public swimming pool and public library where children run rampant. And I had to pick up some garbage on my nature walk yesterday. I can buy and consume too much organic type food and my TV is only 40 inches by 40. My washer and dryer are acting up and my microwave stinks. I have a tough life.

Oh well. Maybe someone in New York has it tougher but I fail to see how. That fellow in the slums in Mexico does not have all this to worry about. Shoot he might not even have a loving wife to deal with. Churches stink and politicians are horrible. I bet in dictatorships they do not have these problems. We walked on a clean up of the beach the other day and only got a handful of stuff. I wanted a bag full. Life is tough.

I went on a nature 4 mile trek and the danged trail was even just right so people stayed on it and the land around was pristine. How irritating there was no evidence of human activity. I went by a homeless shelter and there were near on 100 people being housed and fed. Get a job. Life is tough.

The Buffalo

No stuff and not a care except for the crazy American taking his photo.
No stuff and not a care except for the crazy American taking his photo. | Source

We Got Issues

They Bloom Just For Us

Oh I have plenty to complain about. Yes I do. I think I will call up a buddy and complain about sports, politics and religion. Well by golly maybe I do not need to be a taker and need to be a giver. Maybe just a wild thought. There was a man who once asked, crazy as it sounds “ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. Oh well I will just go back to being angry. What are you going to do? The street sweeper stirred up some dust as he scrubbed my street. Now I will have to use my hose with ample water supply and clean my sidewalk. Recycling. Hmm what a pain to take care of my planet and teach my son same and have some cash for some ice cream. I tell you, life is tough around here.

It is my understanding that the higher the speed of electronics the higher the ambient stuff in the air. Makes sense actually, speeding molecular stuff makes other molecular stuff speed. So I am real pissed that I have to wait an extra 2 seconds getting stuff on my computer. Besides it gives me time to think about what to eat and that makes me fat. Life is tough. Get this one; my wife comes home grumpy sometimes after a ten hour day of running 3 construction type crews. She is not pleasant for a bit and I have to leave her alone but put my boy on her who makes her all relaxed. Plenty of money from her work. Can you see what I have to deal with? My wife buys my son too many shoes and toys while I buy my non name brand socks at a discount place. (don’t tell anyone but I am bothered by shopping for deals ;-)

My boy is ready for team stuff. We think all three. Music, Boy Scouts and Basketball. Do you realize that I will have to haul him around and watch him do all this stuff and even contribute as a helper in all. Did you know that in the car time means you can talk about stuff, or is that “have” to talk about stuff? And around all those people who love their children. Some 9 year olds just come home to an empty house in the afternoon, or maybe worse. Thinking about it makes me sad. See how tough my life is? I cannot even feel good about our lives without it being ruined by thinking of others.

So Much Work

Walking to the old swimming hole.
Walking to the old swimming hole. | Source

Bright, Bright Sunny Day

The More You Have the More You Need

So into the gates of hell as truly outlined above we plunge. We only get 7.5 hours of sleep a night on a full stomach. Last night I forgot to put a clear clean glass of water on my nightstand. Can you imagine my agony of walking 14 steps to my kitchen refrigerator to get a drink?

Blessings. Yesterday I brought a stool into the kitchen and sat. I closed my eyes and envisioned all my blessings. My head went all manic. I could not process the high count of blessing fast enough. For every single thing I could complain about I found some kind of good. So optimistic and boring. Confrontation and anger is more fun.

Making Fun. When I moved once I had a Volkswagen bug – 1973 model. It only took 1 trip to move. Yes I had a roof rack but still, that is how little I had. People would come by my college dorm room just to laugh at how little I had. For about 2 years I lived on a small boat with only a couch thingy for a bed. For about 3 years I lived in a 10 by 10 room, with my ironing board for my desk. When I go hiking I do not carry a tent. Unless in snow. Perhaps less is more. I had more freedom back then. Or did I?

With all of the above stuff I have, maybe I should wish you a tough life. If you had less stuff you would have a simpler life but no stuff. My youngest daughter and her beau are thinking of moving into a “tiny” house but they will need storage for their sports equipment. They live in a tiny town where the biggest store is a small grocery store.

Now there is a bottom line here. Sometimes more is better and we all know I am talking about love. With too much love life just gets better. Too much love never made life tougher. Too much love and you could have a love sale instead of a garage sale. And you would not have to count money or bargain. But if you had a ton of money you could give half a ton away and still have half a ton.

Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot. Love, love the magical thing, the more you give the more you bring. Go forth and prosper and have a tough life.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Nikki, our version goes "new shoes that hurt to break in, and man with no shoes and then a man with no feet". The idea is remarkable.

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      Nikki Khan 

      13 months ago from London

      Yes, life is tough but you always get a way through out of all the toughness. Isn’t it a blessing too.

      There is a saying: “ Someone was thinking he doesn’t have nice shoes; At the very end of road, he saw a man who even didn’t have feet to put shoes on.”

      Looking at the people more worse than looking at the better ones keeps you on track of counting on your blessings.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim we are going to have a great day today. I cogitated on this for a couple of days. I am trying to block my face and body mannerisms recognition a bit. Tough, as I have been working on that for about a half century. Blind to body is pretty cool. Thanks. (speech analysis is heightened)

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      Tim Truzy 

      13 months ago from U.S.A.

      One of these children, Eric, a senior who lost his vision a few years ago told me: "Mr. Truzy, the cool thing about being blind is I don't judge people on how they look, but on who they are." Pretty wise. It remindsme of the keen insight Gabe has developed from his father on dealing with tough situations in life. Take what's available and roll with it. Thanks again, friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I just had some toast. I know not a wafer or unleavened But I still gave thanks.Can you even imagine I have responsibilities today? I pity the poor souls I do business with. Yahoo. Taking blind children around. Does life get better? I think not.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      13 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric, I couldn't stop laughing. Yes, tomorrow I have to get in the yard and clean up with my best friend who is home from China under an expected beautiful sun. Life stinks. I went to the state fair with students who are blind and people were nice. How dare they be so kind!

      It's funny, I have a friend who owned a VW bug. Fine care. Life only stinks when you are too close to the dumps. And it's trash day here, buddy. Many, many smiles and good cheer to someone who reminds us of the roses. (P.S. I wasn't there for those five loaves and two fish ; that really irks me.) Much respect and admiration, friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish it was the second evening in a row where I had to stop the fun as my smile was cramping my face. And that cost us ??? I heard sit ups are good for your tummy. Try laughing for an hour straight.

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      13 months ago from USA

      I’m glad you have humor to see you through.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John I have prayed for your people effected by fire. I pray all is getting better there. 6 months of bad drought here and pressing 100 degrees. Wind from the desert. Only a few homes lost so far. Unless one blaze close - just tiny - 4 hectares at last understanding. Off to the market and Veterans store for blankets and water. Sometimes life stinks until you give.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, one of our former politicians is famous for the comment “Life wasn’t meant to be easy,” and someone else said, “life is only as tough as you make it.” Damn, I could fill a hub on the tough stuff we have had to deal with lately but that would be downright depressing and I’m not into the depression gig. It’s much more fun to concentrate on the blessings then you can forget about that other least for awhile. If you are patient solutions always present themselves anyway. Great message here as always.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika the Gabe is back in school and it is scorcthing hot out there. I miss the boy and cancelled gardening for now. So I made a fort inside for him to destroy. I ain't never seen a lemon that wasn't right for lemonade.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are doing a heat deal here today about 100 out back. I suppose I could complain, but I do not have to shovel sidewalks. Truly we know that each downside has an uipside. I like it.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Life is tough but you got to let it go by with a smile

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      Shannon Henry 

      13 months ago from Texas

      What a wonderful world, indeed. Such a good song. I'm glad you included it here so that I could listen to it today. I don't think anyone can ever have too many reminders that sometimes life is not as tough as we make it out to be.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela I was in an oncology yoga class last week. I was looking around at all the old folks. Then I realized I was one. We were all happy to be old. The alternative, I am not ready for yet! Life is real good around here. Still a bit sore from playing too much yesterday :-)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for checking in Manatita if is good to hear from you. Thank you for your service where it is needed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Really Linda this was real.I caught myself feeling this way. I seldom take extensive notes but here I thought it good. By the time I was done I was laughing and sharing it with my Gabe. How fun is that?

      Off to get food. Oh my!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Life is tough but you do have many blessings as you pointed out. Be grateful! My social life is having doctor visits, and the doctor says, "I am worried about this lady." I am still grateful as so many have so many more problems than me.

      You have a hard working wife and wonderful children. Turn that frown upside down. Remember that?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You saw right through me Ruby. I was feeling sorry for myself. Can you even imagine having friends like you and pouting even a moment away? Whahoo! off to buy health foods, oh I shall wring my hands at the costs. How cool is that.

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      13 months ago from london

      Just checking in Bro.

      Still here in Africa doing amazing things, God's Grace.

      Life is tough sure, but the journey is richly rewarding.

      Nuff of this! I just checked in to say hello ... send you lots of hugs and loving thoughts. My Spirit is with you and for you. God continue to bless your genteel Spirit. Peace.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, God help us deal with all of our blessings. Thank you for your wonderful perspective on life. If everyone shared your philosophy, what a wonderful world this would be. Love you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      You poor baby, having to walk to the frig. to get a drink, there ought to be a law against it. I kind- of read between your lines that you are not up to power. Please rest and take good care of Eric. It would be impossible for me to tell you how much I love your sermons.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Proper point but I cannot even deal with a walking stick, Although I have a decent schtick.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      good message. but you need a selfie stick

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill, Gabe and I made up 3 outside games yesterday. One in the dark to do with stars. I had to stop my face muscles were cramping from smiling and laughing.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      My life is as tough as I make it, end of story. A life of acceptance and gratitude make for smooth sailing for this pilgrim...but that's just me, I guess. :)


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