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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; The Best and the Worst

Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

The Best of Seasons

Not the best seasons.

Not the best seasons.


I like lists that have the best and the worst. I like them better than just the worst or just the best. I like to see the best compared to the worst. “The Best and the Worst Of….” Guess what? I have to do the best and the worst with me. If I get out there looking at my best only, watch out because I become a steamroller on steroids. If I get out there looking at my worst only, say good night for 3 days, I will not come out of my shell. Balance is a critical theory in life. Shucks I could teach a 4 credit class in college at the 300 level about it. Balance 101 I could do in my sleep. The best and the worst should be a way of life.

On the worst side I just cannot do it. Why is one perfect large cookie better than four? Why to the drunk is the first drink too much and 1,000 never enough? Can’t I just settle on 1 & ½ cookie? Life is about balance in the talk, but in the walk it is about imbalance and how to correct.

Show me a good day and it will not be an easy stroll in the park. Oh yes that also. But good days it is about overcoming an obstacle and righting the ship on our journey. Just go and be confronted with some ugliness and balance it out with your empathy and kindness. Oh baby what a feeling. Forget about the other person. It is a high in itself.

I like bringing my first cup of coffee to my office desk in the morning. I always fill it too full. I like the trial of balance before the cobwebs have cleared. I probably just jinxed it and will spill tomorrow. Hihihi. Of late I have had issues with balance. This is not appropriate for rock and cliff climbing. It danged well endangers yourself and others. Cause to be benched from the next outing. In a most literal sense I must once again find my balance. Yes 3 out of 4 I can do a tree pose. But can I do it with a 45 pound pack?

Perhaps you see the analogy to life. Balance in a Kayak is easy in a swimming pool. In a raging river not so much.

The Worst?

The Beauty of Sunset

The best and the worst time of day.

The best and the worst time of day.

The Best Cry?

Waves are great to surf in any form. Getting out through the breakers takes some work.

I cheat in life. I have earned and work at a life without turmoil for 99%. But if I am not careful I lapse into imbalance or ease. I heard tell that some retired folk give up going after new challenges and soon become decrepit. What a trip. Balance requires sympathy. Sympathy brings us back to center. If the right arm carries the load it is natural for the left to be sympathetic and share in the burden. Carry something heavy in one arm and see if you do not switch arms in a bit. Your body naturally seeks balance. Perhaps sharing the best and the worst is balance.

My young son and I went to the beach to meet others. It was rainy. Others said they would still show up. We were next to the pounding waves and hunkered under a leaky towel. Waiting. At about the same time we said “Cool!” and ran out into the pouring rain. My boy was only about 5. It was the worst day at the beach and one of the best days ever. The family laughed and wanted to know the best part. We simply could not name it. From crabs to a frosty chill, to cocoa. Maybe dancing was the best of the worst. I think getting all warm again by the car heater was the most fun. Five minutes down the old highway and the boy was fast asleep for the ride home. From utmost excitement to peaceful sleep in under a ½ an hour is balance.

The Best is the worst and the worst is the best. Just a matter of perspective.

For young parents out there, when the tyke reaches into his diaper and fingerprints on the wall. It is the best of the worst as you will find out at the pediatrician's office with a fever and cough.

I would reckon that I have been cloud gazing for near on 6 decades, consciously. I would also reckon that I have only seen a dozen or so clouds with silver lining. No my friend not every cloud has a silver lining. Sometimes it is just plain gloomy. Sometimes you just have to jump into doom and gloom with both feet with seemingly no balance to the good. Time is on your side with a loving scale

Roses are the Best

Their thorns are the worst.

Their thorns are the worst.

Best & Worst

Can You Get Too Much?


People leave out snuggle. Snuggle is cool. Snuggle produces balance. How can you snuggle and not reduce stress? My little buddy was snuggling with his hamster today and oh the looks of joy. Yes the hamster also. Hamsters are people too. My wife is wearing flannel pink pajamas. We will snuggle. My son will go to bed after we snuggle and tell ridiculous stories of the day and past. We reserve snuggling time for outlandish recapturing of things. Kind of like fiction and dreams and reality all mixed up. We find a balance and the best and the worst by leaving the day behind and looking forward to sweet dreams of beauty.

Oh Lord take the least of and take the most of me. Take the best of me and take the worst of me I pray.

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Just today I am having a medical type issue. I am being meaner than a junk yard dog. My wife is raising her eyebrows and my son is laughing. Look it by golly take me serious when I am upset! Family forces balance.

Cold outside and inside. So throw on that down comfy and snuggle. Or will the day of stress bring you to sweet slumber? Balance my friend balance.

Do you want to know the worst thing I ever did – sorry no deal there. Do you want to know the best thing I ever did? I got no clue. The best and the worst all wrapped up in forgetting.

I love you. Not a best or a worse, just a fact Jack. When I fill my heart with love, what room is left? This is contrary to balance. What silliness that the best and the worst is love.

I just asked my son about what was the best about that worst stormy day at the beach. He responded “doing it with you”. Maybe I had the best of the worst cry in years. Of all the things I know I know that there is one thing that does not need balance and that is love. I was just treated to poetry in my son’s second language, beautiful with a caressing of words that I insist. His mom and I amazed and there is no balance. Why would one balance upon the stars and moon? One leaps from one celestial body to the next.

This is probably the worst sermon I have ever written. But it might be the best for you. I do not write direction I write about the best and the worst. Perhaps there is no balance with being at peace.

Tip the scales of best and worst by loving so fully there is no room to balance.



Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 29, 2020:

Sannaysi you are so right. I live in a place where it takes a local to know the seasons. To outsiders they all look the same.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 29, 2020:

Mary, thank you. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I had an out of balance day. Back on track.

Sannyasi Raja from Durgapur, West Bengal, India on September 29, 2020:

Different season is always cool

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 28, 2020:

Nithya, I was just contemplating that some people do not look for balance. And you can see them a mile away.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 28, 2020:

Everyday, this is what we try to do - achieve some balance. Sometimes, we do and sometimes we struggle.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 28, 2020:

Life is all about balance, I guess. Even in the worst day you all had a good time at the beach. Every cloud has a silver lining, so true. I enjoyed reading your sermon, thank you for sharing.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 28, 2020:

Ankita it is nice of you to leave such a supportive comment, thank you.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 28, 2020:

Rania you are not alone. I find myself do the same from time to time. It takes me a little effort to get over it. We humans are funny that way.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 28, 2020:

EK I thank you. What I was thinking about some was the notion of someone thinking something about them being the worst but that others like that part the best. I like the saying 'one man's garbage is another man's treasure".

Ankita B on September 28, 2020:

You have wonderfully set an example for how things are balanced naturally. I like this sermon very much.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 28, 2020:

Flourish I almost mentioned your articles here. I just love them. Your lists are the best. Thanks for leaving a supportive note.

Rania Heikal from Egypt on September 28, 2020:

Though balance is required and we have to look at things positively but I don’t know why I personally get deeply disappointed by the worst till I sometimes give up the whole thing. But you are very right, we have to cope as there is no pure good or pure bad. Very positive words and motivating article to pass life hurdles.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on September 28, 2020:

I would say "wonderful", Eric. An excellent matchup of good and worst. My most favourite line, " Roses are the best; their thorns are the worst". We human beings are not much different. Sometimes we show our best, but worst is also a part of us. A very balanced article. Keep up the good work.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 28, 2020:

Although 2020 hasn’t been the best year, it has been better for me personally than 2019. It’s all relative. I enjoyed reading your best and worsts.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Linda I was just wondering if I am off balance into the good. Maybe we crash down harder to balance. Nope I decided you can never be lopsided for love.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 27, 2020:

Balance is wonderful. The beach trip with your son on a rainy day is a great example. Thanks for another interesting and thought-provoking Sunday Sermon, Eric.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Lorna I have been blessed with some maladies that would make a 5 ton rock get unbalanced. I give thanks because it got me to dig deep and find that spectrum of seeking balance, seldom finding it, but the journey is great.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Peggy I thank you for being here. Yesterday we had a real problem. Oh we laughed so hard getting the critter out from under the chest of drawers. Seems little "worsts" can bring great joy. (took an hour and mom does not need to know shhh)

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Pamela I just rustled my boy's hair and told him how much I liked getting to know him better during this time, He just said "I love you too dad". Circumstance may cause the worst but loves provides the best.

Lorna Lamon on September 27, 2020:

I see so much of the worst side of life in other people that I tend to just focus on the best side. I hope that this attitude will in turn help them. I like your approach Eric and how your family restores balance through their love for you. You seem to have the right perspective on this one - love and peace my friend.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 27, 2020:

Your sermon is a delight. I loved your "worst best day" at the beach example. Love does fill in all the nooks and crannies, doesn't it!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 27, 2020:

Most people would say that 2020 is the worst year but what about the time with loved ones, time to write or read that book you have been wanting to read? I love your message in today's sermon as even in the worst we can find a bit of the best. God bless you Eric.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Thanks a lot Louise. I do hope people can see how much I enjoy writing them.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 27, 2020:

Eric, thankyou for another inspiring Sunday Sermon. I always enjoy reading them.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

John you are so right. My whole neighborhood was like that and it was great. My wife fully transformed from a workaholic to a fine cook and great friend to our boy. On the quiet though a person who is used to going full steam ahead kind of has a need for everyone else to. Lol.

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Ain't that just the best when the best comes out of the worst. My wife was quite grumpy this morning -- why in the heck does that make her more endearing? Go figure.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 27, 2020:

For many people this has been one of the worst years they can possibly think of..for my wife and I it has been one of the best. I had enough time at home to finish her ‘she shed’ and I made enough from my writing to buy us a new (used) car and a new computer etc. so wherever there is bad there is also good. Nice sermon.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 27, 2020:

The worst year of my life is also the year I met Bev. I think I've got it, buddy! Thanks for the reminder and have a thoroughly miserable, blissful Sunday!

Eric Dierker (author) from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 27, 2020:

Thanks Devika. I hope it was not too much of a social commentary on our times through parallels.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 27, 2020:

Eric I wouldn't say it is the worst Sermon just what you have on your mind. Interesting thoughts and well said.

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