Inspiration… and perspective, with a little humor along the way

By Charles Towne                        

A buddy of mine is going through some very difficult times.  He had a pretty good job, and was secure in the knowledge that the company couldn’t get along without him. I mean, he was valuable, right?  Then, SURPRISE!  He got a pink slip.  He wasn’t the only one to get laid off.  And by the way, being laid off is another way to say, “You’re fired!”, right? They both amount to the same thing don’t they? I mean, he’s out of a job! It can’t get any worse than that, can it?

Then, surprise!  It got worse!  His car was repossessed!

He told me a few days later, “Life really sucks!”

Well, yeah, sometimes life sucks. But… “bad things do happen to good people”.

Sure bad things happen to good people, and they even happen to folks like you and me. How else do you explain a toothache, a hangnail, a splinter under a fingernail, or an exciting and most stimulating case of hemorrhoids?

Recently I, like most folks often do, went through a series of little setbacks.  I woke up one night recently to a most entertaining ear ache, and I haven’t had an ear ache since I was about knee high to a short snake.  My advice is this: if at all possible, avoid ear aches. They hurt.

My ear ache migrated from my right ear to my left ear.

My doctor gave me antibiotics.

And now I’m about as deaf as a rock… or clam.  (I don’t think rocks have ears do they?)

My doctor told me my hearing loss is temporary and to “enjoy it” while I can. Enjoy it, he said! (I think I’m going to get a new doctor.)

As some of you are aware, my wife, my sweetie, my cuddle bunny, my sugar cookie, is in a nursing home with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  I have for the last three years visited her on a daily basis.  Rarely have I missed a day.  And now this fire-breathing dragon of a pandemic rears its ugly head and the powers that be cuts all visitation rights. Which I understand. But I am sure my darling doesn’t understand why I am ignoring her.

And then I got a call from my baby sister, Judy, telling me that her son, Kurt, is in the hospital in Arizona with the coronavirus.

Yeah. Sometimes life sucks.

But…we know that prayer works, don’t we?

This morning I woke up, and after a brief study time and prayer, I played Mr. Chef and  prepared a three-egg southwestern omelet arranged on big plate with a handful of fresh strawberries, a banana, a piece of warm toast, and a glass of lemon water with honey.  Now that is a pretty nice breakfast any time!

While eating my breakfast I got another call from my sis telling me that Kurt, while still in the hospital, is improving!  YES! THANK YOU PAPA GOD!  And then, after all that good stuff, I sat my old wrinkled behind at my desk and began performing my two-fingered dance on the keyboard, and I have to say, that is a pretty good start to a new day!

No sir’ree bob, life ain’t all that bad nohow!

Dear Papa God, Thank you so much for watching over each of us.  Bless each of your kids this day and help each of us to be what you are calling us to be.  Save your people and help us to know you better.  Thank you Papa God for working your will in each of us.   Thank you for healing us mentally, physically and especially spiritually. Thanks for what you are doing in each of our lives. Praise you and thank you. In Jesus’ most wonderful and Holy name, Amen

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


    • NH, it has been said that if “one stands at the bottom of a deep well and looks up you can see the stars during the brightest day.” I don’t know if this is true for the simple reason I am not in the habit of standing at the bottom of deep wells, but I am sure that there is light to be seen and things we can learn in the testing times, “that try men’s souls.” Bless you and yours cherished friend of mine. THANK YOU O HOLY GOD!

    • Dr Bursey, dear friend, “and this too shall pass away!” And, “All things work together for good for them that love God.” Even though I would not have chosen this I am learning from it. Silence is certainly a challenge, but how else would I be able to hear the “still, small voice of God if not in the quiet places?” Teach us O God! I have really arrived at the place where I understand the value of listening as it plays its most important part in true communication! Bless you and yours, Chaz

  1. Happy Easter Chuck. So happy to hear the news yesterday that Kurt is out of the hospital – the power of prayer works miracles. It is said that God does not give us any more than we can handle but he sure does like to push to the limits from time to time. When ever one need help all they have to do is sent God a Knee Mail… Looking forward to getting together over lunch when this pandemic moves along. Stay safe my friend.

  2. Mike, so very right my friend! The only thing I don’t understand about us “hooman beans” is why we don’t call on Papa God more often? Please stay safe and take care of the family. Bless you all, Chaz

  3. You know how the book “When Bad Things Happen To Good People” changed by belief in G-D and religion. How apropos this weeks article. I pray the doctor has good news for you and as always I will keep you in my prayers.

    • Herbert my dear friend, the book you refer to touched a lot of people but the bible explains it even better in fewer words for it lays it out so that even folks like myself can understand it. The bible tells us that “The rain falls on the just and the unjust” and it also says that is is “for all men to die once, and it is the second death we need to fear.” When we see bad things happening to “good people” we realize that “Only God is good” Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!” Bless you my special friend. Chaz

  4. Yes, good article! It is so easy to complain and feel sorry for ourselves when things go wrong.
    Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses….And we know that all things work together for good to
    those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.
    Sometimes, it is hard to see that God uses everything according to His purpose…not ours. When we learn to accept that, it gives us a whole new perspective. I love
    Psalm 46:10…Be still, and know that I am God. He sees the whole picture and knows exactly what is going on. He is in charge! When we learn to trust His decisions, we will be so much happier and live in His peace. God bless you, Chuck!

  5. Ahh, CSG, the most important portion of that Romans 8:28 verse is the second part, where it declares, “Those that love the Lord And are called according to His purpose.” First, many people are called, but FEW answer the call, because few love Him with an undying, unquenchable, unmovable love! That is loving Him more than they love themselves! When we love Him that way we allow Him to have complete sway, “Wholly Thine” control! This then is what He wants, not for His sake, but for our better good! Then, and only then can we see “All things working together for good!” Blessings on you and yours, Chaz

  6. My friend, despite it all, life beats the alternative. There are the bumps but if you invite Him, God comes along for the ride. Can’t think of a better friend.

  7. Aint it the truth Jorge. No matter how deep the quicksand Papa God is always there to rescue us, place us back on safe ground so saying. Praise God He is a friend above all friends. Bless you all, Chaz

  8. Chuck, you and Nancy are in my daily prayers! You have been through enough trials for two people, and yet you always see a way to praise God and thank him for his daily help! You have always been an inspiration to me and I will never forget the talks and times we had in Florida. It could be I am getting old, but most of the time I choose to ignore the problems, like not being able to sleep and my back always hurting all the time. Left overs from years of care-giving, which you very well understand from your own experience. But, the BIG plus is how God has continued to meet all my needs! As small and insignificant as we are compared to the One we serve, it is both humbling and exhilarating to know that He loves us so much that He wants to spend all of eternity with us!

  9. Oh Don, and what a glorious day that will be won’t it? These are strange times, unfamiliar to us but at the same time drawing us close to Him, Blessings on you and yours pal, Chaz

  10. Dear Nr, Bless you dear friend. My goal is to uplift and encourage, to be a blessing to all. Much Joy and happiness and good health to you and yours, Chaz

  11. Maybe I can help a little bit with your doctor’s advice, as you may be aware, I am about 50% deaf and that largely leaves me with two choies, 1) I tell the person I have a hearing loss so please face me when talking and 2) just ignore the person! Admittedly, these responses are dependent on the person so listen to the doctor and enjoy while you can, your condition is temporary!

  12. Ahh Richard, so right as usual; and life, being life as we understand it aint all that bad, good or indifferent, I think when I do and would say, except when it aint and then it don’t matter nohow, if you please. Or even if you don’t, therefore may the great elephant of fate caress you with his toes and the butterfly of wisdom fly up your nse, Aamen, and Aamen. Bless you as you sit on the great potty of Kapow! Chaz

  13. Like Richard, I am also 100% deaf in my right ear but also partially deaf in my left. At first I found it frightening, disorienting, but now, after dealing with it for about 15 years, I have adjusted – I ask people to look at me when speaking – the way they form their lips and their mumbled syllables help interpret what they are saying. I can hear high pitched sounds better than low – so can still here a chickadee, robin, and wood warbler with my right ear. Hopefully what you have is nothing more than a virus, but the loss is likely permanent. Mama lost hearing in her right ear too, our loss is likely inherited. One good think about it, napping on my left side is very peaceful. Blessings, health, and love.

    • Look at that will you Judith? You go deaf and you find something positive about it. I can imagine napping in absolute silence a blessing. And as far as blessings go, bless all of you good folks, Chaz

  14. I was going through a troubled time years ago. I could see no good end to it. I actually wanted to die. Then sitting alone in a small Chapel one day I suddenly received a message from God. Life is not a single story it is many chapters. It changed my. I love this observance by Charles. Life will have its ups and downs. It is not so much what it gives us but what we return to it. It is said, when things get tough the tough get going. Thank you Charles, for this reminder.

    • Dear Lorita, thank Papa God for that message. The world is a better place because of your presence. I need not remind you of the Father’s wonderful love. “AND THIS TOO SHALL PASS AWAY!” Chaz

  15. Charles !!! GOD thins Every time Everytime in Us … Nancy, Kurt (you see !!!), Poli … All of Us are His List !!! And the Story sounds familiar … In crisis there’s a lot of opportunities to get through … Like You say, Everything Will Be All Right !!!
    GOD Bless You Little Brother !!!


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