8 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday — Work Out for the Best

  1. Nope, Not Pam January 4, 2023 / 11:05 am

    I love this quote, it always depends on how you react to whether it’s good or bad

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  2. Marleen January 4, 2023 / 4:41 pm

    Depends upon what one means or what IS Meant by for the best or “all things work for good” to those who…

    …fill in the blank. Then write off anybody not experiencing good.

    That is unless one is speaking of eternity or some such future or cosmic correction or justice or reward (metaphorically comparing life to running a race for a trophy or crown) looking beyond this embodiment itself as in the Newer Testament or Greek scripture as recorded from whatever original spoken language(s) of dialog and put in letter form within the oppressive Roman world (which had been proven evil). This is a problem with religion as “re-interpreted” (interpretation is fine but not simply or mostly as concoction) and not thought through — yet in the name of someone better.

    In this temporal world, things can occur or work out badly for people who don’t deserve what happens to them (and who have done and do all that they could toward goodness). To ignore this is to comfort or motivate oneself at the expense of judging others unjustly (even if subconsciously).

    Nevertheless, it’s not bad to say It’s better to do better with however things are going — as plainly opposed to making a bad situation worse. However, even this can be taken to mean there’s always something cool to do… or that there are excuses for whatever you see as a way out.

    To illustrate the latter, I’ve heard rationalization for going ahead and having sex with a family member (by blood) if alone on the moon. Now… this has gone far afield, as strict logic does, from my beginning intent. In a more common sense (and not for a last-surviving or lone pair), there are many people experiencing hardship and wrong on this planet as inhabited by multitudes and with abundance (as Nelson Mandela explained that poverty is man made): “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.” Systems are put in place to purposely look down others and make them desperate. Plus, I’m certainly not only thinking of poverty or starvation. We all know there is abuse in many forms.

    “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

    “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

    “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

    “I never lose; I either win or learn.”

    “Do not judge me by my successes.”

    “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”

    Did he think within a context of [I don’t want to say
    specifically Christianity] Christ or divinity and resurrection?

    “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.‘

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    • Marleen January 4, 2023 / 8:03 pm

      I looked around and found this, in my own wondering if Mandela considered himself Christian, after what I wrote above. My answer was not meant to be on the topic of race. (And is not, but that’s another example.)


      One of the greatest leaders in human history Nelson Mandela passed away … at the age of 95. He reconfigured racial unity and Jesus-like forgiveness, not just in South Africa but across the world.

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    • Marleen January 4, 2023 / 8:25 pm

      My answer was additionally not meant as a critique of the man quoted in the opening post. I don’t know him or pretty much anything about him. But I can imagine somone like a mob boss or slaver saying that things go best for those who …

      … considering his beliefs more important to him than basketball: “I have always tried to make it clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior.”[87] Wooden’s faith strongly influenced his life. He read the Bible daily and attended the First Christian Church.[86] He said that he hoped his faith was apparent to others: “If I were ever prosecuted for my religion, I truly hope there would be enough evidence to convict me.”

      In the context of the times in which he lived, and not the times of health and wealth television and mega church evangelists, this sounds admirable.

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