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Norman and the Turnpike

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Well, I decided to spend yesterday and part of today in Norman, to go back to familiar territory where, as far as I am concerned, the world is right and everything operates as it should. Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came, you could say. But, it was just kind of weird, and I really just spent most of the time watching the election coverage at the old Club Belknap. Incidentally, they don't even call it Club Belknap anymore. I guess those old days are gone - none of us original Club Belknap boys even live there anymore. But, I didn't really talk to anyone about anything, except for Tim, who I got to at least spend a little bit of quality time with. I didn't even get to see Stephanie, no less hang out with her.

But enough of that whining. I might as well quit this blog now if that's what this is going to be. It's funny how I keep proving some things over and over. I starting saying a couple of years ago that the Turner Turnpike is where my life has changed the most, and the trip to and from Norman yesterday and today was no exception. Several CD's by Anthony Robbins were in the CD changer of the loner car I am driving. As much as I carefully avoid the self-gospel of most motivational speakers, Anthony makes a lot of really good points about how a person's self-chosen psychology is what really determines who they are in every situation, good or bad. Honestly, this is stuff that I need to hear right now. Stuff that I've always proclaimed, but really need to put to the test. Having been totally betrayed by someone I really put my faith into, and the subsequent disappointments from other people because of it, have thrown me through the fire in a big way. I can either have developed a sharper sense of cynicism at this point or use it as a launching pad into something else that is great. I'm pretty sure I know which way God is looking.

How about a study of the Proverbs? I think I'll begin that tonight.


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