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“Some Days Are Diamonds…”

picture of diamond ring
Diamonds Are Good

So says John Denver in his famous song, “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stones)”. His sentiment may have been about lots of things. You can make this song mean anything you want. The message is quite clear. Some days are better than others. Lots better.

Last night while driving in the wilds of North Carolina on the way to my brother’s house, I was listening to an Audible book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, “Fooled By Randomness”. This may sound like an uppity title, but be assured it is understandable by almost anyone.

Mr Taleb talks about signal and noise. The task is to not be fooled by the random occurrence of information.  It is kind of like the diamonds and stones of John Denver. You see, you want to get the “signal”, or real value out of all the news, information, and chatter going on in the world everyday. Everything else is just noise, or stones if you will.

Just like the song, you are looking for the diamonds, or value in your everyday dealings and information flow. There is no reason to look for the stones. Usually somebody is throwing the stones at you.

Under the current conditions in the nation today, most of the stones are from the Federal Government. One of those stones is the new health care regime. Another is the catastrophe taking place at our southern border. Another stone is our government’s spying programs. It just never stops.

Somehow in our stoney lives, we have to learn to live and prosper in spite of our government. It is getting harder and harder to find the diamonds.

I suppose we have to learn to be thankful for the few diamonds coming our way. Shield yourself from the stones, and don’t pay attention to the noise, or mixed metaphors like this one.

For your entertainment, John Denver.

Some Days Are Stone

There is something to be said for being patient about things. That means that you never get in a hurry, nor do you say things you will later regret. Getting older is one of the secrets to patience, and  that’s because when you get older, you don’t have as many parties to attend. Why get in a hurry when you are not going anywhere, and you don’t know why you are going?

Yesterday, I was running about twenty minutes late to my class, especially after stopping at McDonald’s for some breakfast. The drive-through line at McDonald’s was longer than usual, and the woman in front of me in the gigantic SUV could not make up her mind. She was not in a hurry.

The lady at the serving window was uncommonly slow. When she did get me the breakfast burritos I had ordered, they were hot, way too hot to eat. That’s what happens when you are in a hurry.

Departing McDonald’s with a scorched tongue, I raced towards my destination only to get behind one of those long and slow landscaping vehicles. These guys were not in a hurry to go to work.

I took my favorite shortcut that morning, and the road crews were out screwing up traffic. Winding through hundreds of construction barrels while following a creeping dump truck drove me nuts. The driver was in no hurry and was crowding the narrow two lane road, keeping me pinned up.

After about three miles of this, I broke out of the pack only to find myself behind a delivery truck taking his time. He was not in a hurry, either.

I eventually got to my destination, and parked the car at the very end of the parking lot. It was a long walk to class.  I was in a hurry, you see.

Some days are better than others. Some days nobody gets in the way, or cuts you off. Those are the days when you are not in a hurry. When you get in a hurry, everybody else will be taking their time.

I am reminded of the John Denver song, “Some Days Are Diamonds”.