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A bit of Old Testament

It’s Easter and I’m still reading my Bible In One Year.

Today I read Ecclesiastes 7:1–9:12. It’s tough stuff, but I thought I’d share the simple bits, the stuff I understand.
(I’ve taken bits from both NIV and The Message).

7 10 Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’
      For it is not wise to ask such questions.

11 Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing
    and benefits those who see the sun.

12 Wisdom is a shelter
    as money is a shelter,
but the advantage of knowledge is this:
    wisdom preserves those who have it.

21-22 Don’t eavesdrop on the conversation of others.
What if the gossip’s about you and you’d rather not hear it?
You’ve done that a few times, haven’t you—said things
Behind someone’s back you wouldn’t say to his face?

1-3 Well, I took all this in and thought it through, inside and out. Here’s what I understood: The good, the wise, and all that they do are in God’s hands—but, day by day, whether it’s love or hate they’re dealing with, they don’t know.

Anything’s possible. It’s one fate for everybody—righteous and wicked, good people, bad people, the nice and the nasty, worshipers and non-worshipers, committed and uncommitted. I find this outrageous—the worst thing about living on this earth—that everyone’s lumped together in one fate. Is it any wonder that so many people are obsessed with evil? Is it any wonder that people go crazy right and left? Life leads to death. That’s it

7-10 Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.
Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!
Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!
This is your last and only chance at it,
For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think
In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.

11 […]

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favour to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

As fish are caught in a cruel net,
    or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
    that fall unexpectedly upon them.

So there you have it: We’re all going to die, so work as hard as you can and don’t eavesdrop on your neighbours.

It’s all a bit doom and gloom without the New Testament in my opinion.

Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter y’all

May you experience grace and peace throughout the day.

Apr 20, 2014

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Fall down stairs

We’ve had four so far tonight. Two intoxicated.

Apparently you’ve a better chance of survival (and less likely to be injured) if you do fall while drunk. Who knew?

Apr 20, 2014

Saved a ladybird

From A&E X-ray darkroom

Apr 19, 2014

Time in loo

If you work a bank holiday (like today was) you get the time back in lieu. 

Also, I fixed the toilet. I diagnosed the problem, directed the purchasing of new parts and then fitted those parts. I must confess that it didn’t work the first or second time — it leaked all over the bathroom — but by the third time I had it down.

I’ve never plumbed before. Not bad for a button pusher.

Apr 18, 2014

When ‘official’ things happen

I had a disagreement with someone about when something is official.

She is sleeping at her old place until Sunday, but is moving out on Friday (tomorrow) and is having her leaving meal then.

She said that the meal tomorrow marks her ‘unofficial’ last day, because she’s moving out then, but still sleeping at her old place until Sunday. I disagreed, saying that the meal marked her ‘official’ last day (her moving out day), Sunday being her actual last day. If the ‘official’ day and the actual day are the same, there’s no point in its being official — it just is.

It’s like the queen’s real birthday, and her ‘official’ birthday. Or your ‘official’ first day of school and the actual first day if Monday is an inset (training) day. 

Apr 17, 2014

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Anticipate the expected

What happened
I had an ICU request
X-ray for CVC
I did it. There was a central line. No other lines.
30 minutes later another ICU request comes through
X-ray for NG
What they should have done
Stopped me before I X-rayed and put in the NGT, knowing that they’d want one later.
What I should have done
Seen that there was no NG and asked whether they wanted to put one in while I was still here to image it.
What I did
Left it for the day staff.
If it became urgent they’d ring and it’d get done immediately.
Apr 16, 2014

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