The story is told of a young soldier who came back home from the war in Vietnam. When out with some family and friends he was pressed for some war stories, but he deflected by saying nothing dramatic happened to him. His family and friends were unsatisfied by the answer and pestered him, believing that he was being too modest.
Some years back, the Reader’s Digest magazine told the story of when someone suggested that rowing become part of the Clemson University’s athletic program. Then Athletics Director Frank Howard declared, “We aren’t gonna have no sport where you sit down and go backwards.”
In The Parables, Gary Inrig writes that when Henry David Thoreau, the American writer, was on his deathbed, he was visited by a minister. The pastor urged his dying friend to be ready for death, and he queried, “Do you know where you are going in the next life?” Thoreau waved him away with the words, “One world at a time.”
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