Aboard a flight from L.A. to New York, Grandma Esther was taking her very first flight.
They had only been aloft a few minutes when the elderly lady complained to the stewardess that her ears were popping.
The girl smiled and gave the older woman some chewing gum, assuring her that many people experienced the same discomfort. When they landed in New York, Grandma thanked the stewardess.
“The chewing gum worked fine,” she said, “but tell me, how do I get it out of my ears?”
Well obviously, grandma was not thinking.
What is the most tragic word in the English vocabulary? Many people I know would say, “It must be the word “Death.” Others, especially business people like me might say the most tragic word is “bankruptcy or insolvent.” I guess nobody is wrong. It’s just that I have a different perspective on the most tragic word ever. It’s probably the word, “ALMOST.”
You know what it means. Borrowing heavily on Max Lucado’s works, the word almost refers to a lot of things:
Almost. The one that got away. The sale that nearly closed. The gamble that almost paid off. Almost.
How many people do you know whose claim to fame is an almost?
- “Did I ever tell you about the time I almost was selected as the employee of the year?
- “They say he almost made the big leagues.”
- “I caught a catfish that was taller than me! Well…almost.”
As long as there have been people, there have been almosts. People who almost won the battle, who almost climbed the mountain, who almost found the treasure. I’ve met so many of them. Business people who come to me with their own individual tales of “almost’s.” “I almost cornered the market.” “I almost hit the jackpot.” And in a crazy gambling culture this country is slowly developing into, “I almost got the grand prize in the national Lotto.”
Some times a phrase that contains an economy of words do express a profound thought. Consider this one:
If you think you already arrived, you aren’t going anywhere.