Sunday, August 5, 2012

I See... Applying Rule Number Three


Regular viewers of the Mormon Third Eye know about the Four Rules of Successful Living:  Always go where there is free food, never pay full price for anything, any problem you have can be solved with duck tape and bungee cords, and never press the red button. How often do you get to see one actually applied? Pay attention. I’m going to apply one now.

(WARNING: YOU”RE ABOUT TO READ A VERY SERIOUS AND FUNNY POST. IF YOU’RE INCAPABLE OF ENTERTAINING BOTH EMOTIONS SIMULTANEOUSLY, MOVE ALONG TO THE YOUTUBE VIDEOS OF DANCING KITTIES)


Duck Tape and Bungee Cords

Last week I had a serious problem without a solution. My brother-in-law, an amazing man and fulltime member of the church, passed away after an arduous  two-year struggle with cancer.  He had a great sense of humor and service, and I looked up to him as a man worthy of my most ardent emulation.  He acquired neither fame nor fortune during his short sojourn on earth, but, in the words of Elder Packer, he didn’t need either of the them because he had made “the choice;”  the choice to be happy through obedience to the ordinances and principles of the gospel.

His departure, however, had left a serious hole in my soul. How do I get it repaired?  

I decided to apply rule number three: any problem you have can be solved with duck tape and bungee cords.  At first thought one may wonder about the wonder of duck tape and bungee cords.  Both items combine a unique qualities of strength, flexibility, and raw “sticktoitiveness” to join and reinforce at least two or more of just about anything, making what was previously unusable instantly  functional.  They are practical and powerful in purpose and application.

And so it was with my brother-in-law. He was a joiner. He would use his unique combination of spiritual strength, flexible humor, and practical commitment to getting the job done and bring people together in meaningful ways.  He also was the type of guy who had enough faith in who he was to think he could fix anything… just like duck tape and bungee cords. 

We honor the dead in the way we live.  I suspect that all that those who have moved on to the next stage of eternity want from us is a little more commitment to be better people because we knew them. I’m glad I knew my brother-in-law, and so I’m going to honor him by trying a little harder to be like duck tape and bungee cords; solve more problems with strength, humor, and commitment.

Problem solved. Rule number three works.

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