Friday, May 24, 2013

Things will be Better

There are times when you  actually learn. In my life I can remember distinctly a couple times. Every child knows they are in school to learn. Most children think they could learn just as well without school. It would be more fun to go fishing, run in the woods or just play hide and seek. I can’t speak for city kids, this is more town or country feelings.

Learning times:

I played the trumpet in school. I became ‘first’ trumpet. When the band director (Mr Hatley)  needed to show me something he would take my trumpet and go over the run or bars in question, and it was music to my ears, he was a trumpet player. We moved to another town. The director couldn’t show me anything. His trumpet playing ‘sucked’ (today’s term), so I knew it all, and dropped out of the band.

Two weeks later I had to attend PTA with my mom. The principal introduced the band director as a soloist, that man was a marvel on the clarinet. The music was beautiful, I had never heard such range, fingering, tonguing and rich volume. As a 12 year old smarta$$ kid, that evening I learned a lesson, “the world is bigger than little Jackie.”

And then there are times you really learn something you already knew, but hadn’t truly learned it. (make sense?). Once a lady teaching an adult class said, “I was taught a long time ago by a wise woman, ‘THINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE’, I have paid attention, and learned that is ALWAYS true.”

It was not until a couple days later I was pondering that saying, and there in my pick-up truck, driving on Hickory Grove road, the learning process took place. it hit me, “Yes, things are subject to Change.”  Good or bad situations change, lives change, families change.

Things and situations ALWAYS:

Go from bad to good.

Good to bad.

Bad to worse

Good to better BUT very seldom do things REMAIN the same.

Some folks? You will never know their troubles or burdens, and then there are those who want every one to share their troubles no matter how small or large. To those folk, ‘no one’s troubles are as bad as mine’.

I am reminded of the old spiritual, “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen!”

That said about troubles, I think EVERYONE needs someone to talk to, to share their problems and grief. Sherry and I are fortunate, we have each other.

I just want you (and me) to know, no matter how rough things get, “THINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE”.

Thanks for coming this way.

Nite Shipslog


At times, everyone thinks ‘things will never change’, BUT they will.

(That young lady teaching the class at the time, was apparently a healthy woman, but she died a short time later, yes, things are subject to change.)



This is a Roadmaster Buick. When it was built some folk thought it was the ultimate, there will never be anything better.


This is a $20,000 Rolex

20000 Rolex

This is a $20 Timex. If all you want is the time, this Timex keeps perfect time, just as the Rolex.


20dollar Timex

100 Years ago that could not be said, but things are subject to change, even time keepers.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

At any given moment things will change. That is a truth no one can deny for sure. That makes what ever time I have even more valuable. It could be a change for the better or for the worse. I've had so many changes in my life that I've learned to appreciate it all. The weather hear changed from using the a/c to turning the heat on all in one day. Chilly and cloudy here today.

Glenda said...

Reading this one reminded me of a quotation I'd read a long time ago and headed to Google to find it:
“There is nothing permanent except change.” Heraclitus of Ephesus quotes (Greek philosopher)
Found this post especially inspirational Jack, Thank You!!! Have a safe trip back.

Chatty Crone said...

Is something changing in your life? I agree - things can change in a second. You can pick up the phone and life can change in a second. I think the people who can adapt to change are better off then those who struggle with it. Healthier I guess. A lot to think about. sandie

Anonymous said...

Sandie is right about the people who can adapt to change.
It seems that changes often come at me faster than I can adjust. I've always been slow to adapt.
There is a good lesson in knowing things will change. A big part of patience is knowing that eventually things will change.
In heaven, there will be no changing from good to bad, no more parting with old friends.



I hate change. And adapting to it is difficult for me at best. But you hit the nail on the head when you said everything is subject to do it.

Paula said...

Our lives stayed on an even keel until my husband died and it seems the changes never seem to stop.

shirl72 said...

My life was like Paula's on even keel until my husband died. changes everyday. We have to adjust and not easy. Life is never
the same but you survive.

Anonymous said...

Of course I thought about Don when thinking about things changing...we knew going in that he was older and had medical issues...we knew things could change and that they did...over and over again. I have forced myself to accept the last and final change...however the loss of someone to talk to that you can tell anything is one change I'm finding it very difficult to adjust to!

Louis la Vache said...

Your post reminds «Louis» of the book that was popular about 8 years ago, "Who Moved My Cheese". It was a delightful way of looking at how we must be ready for change.

«Louis» remembers that many auto writers were critical of the styling of the '57 Buicks and Oldsmobiles. He has never understood this - he has always thought they were (and still are) handsome cars. Not so much, however, the grotesque '58s...

Fred Alton said...

Hooo, Boys! Do I ever know that things are subject to change? Yep. And I am so glad that I went to Maine with you and walked the entire width of the 100 mile section of the A.T. when I did! I'm in your debt for allowing me that great memory.