Are You Storing Your Car The Right Way?

If you think that park, lock, and leave is all you need to do to store a car, then you are wrong! You can do this if you want to leave the car parked for a few hours or overnight, but doing the same for an extended period can cause serious damages to your vehicle. For whatever reason you stay away from your vehicle, you must put your car in storage and for that, knowing correct storage techniques is important as you may return to a dead battery, ruined tyres, or worse a damaged engine on leaving your car parked on the street or in a garage for a long time.

Here is the list that you need to follow before leaving your car in the garage for a long period.

Clean the interior and exterior of the vehicle: Cleaning the vehicle before leaving it for a long time may sound lame, but it is one of the important steps to remember. Bird faeces and water stains can damage your car’s paint if left for long. Make sure to clean the car as well as the tyres thoroughly. Coat the car with wax for added protection.

Change the oil and coolant: You can skip this step if you are leaving the car just for a week or two. But, if you have longer plans, then you must change the oil and coolant of the car. Contaminants present in oil can damage the car’s engine. The damage will either make you put the car for sale or pay huge bills at repair shops.

Keep the gas tank full: While leaving the car for more than 30 days, keep the gas tank full to prevent moisture accumulate inside the fuel tank and keep the seals from drying out.

Keep it charged: Remove the battery and keep it in a safe place to save the battery life. Put the car on a trickle charger and if you cannot remove the batteries, simply disconnect them.

Avoid using parking brakes: There are chances that the brake pads and rotors may fuse when kept in contact for a longer time. Better to buy a tyre stopper instead.

Keep the tyres inflated: Neglecting the tyres and leaving them stationary for a long period will develop flat spots on them. Inflate the tyre and find them in a better shape on your return.

Spread mothballs inside and outside the vehicle: Don’t forget to put moth balls or cotton balls dabbed in peppermint oil to avoid rodent attack.

Wishing Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

The last several months have been rather busy with hardly a break anywhere. Sometimes the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I get so busy we forget about the necessity of taking a break every now and then. Soon one day becomes just like the last day. And tomorrow? Will be just like today.

We did take a little break and went out for supper one evening at one of our favorite restaurants. This has become a rather rare occasion and so we tried to enjoy the moment as much as we could.

We were chit chatting and enjoying our company as the waitress brought our food to us. It was a delicious meal and I was beginning to enjoy myself, maybe just a little too much.

“You know,” I said rather cheerfully, “what I really wish for?”

Not knowing where I’m coming from my wife said, “I really have no idea what you’re wishing for right now. Just be careful what you wish for.”

Staring off into space a little bit I responded by saying, “I wish I could take a week off and do nothing.”

When she finished laughing she said, “Don’t wish for something that you can’t follow through on. You know that’s not possible.”

Together we laughed and enjoyed that far-reaching impossible idea.

A week later, almost to the day, I was scheduled to go to my doctor for blood work. I don’t know why doctors are so interested in blood, especially my blood. It was on a Monday and the day before I had pain in my right shoulder all the way down to my fingertips. I figured I would ask the doctor when I was in for my scheduled appointment. I assumed I had a pinched nerve somewhere.

I showed my arm to the doctor and there was a little rash beginning to develop near my elbow. The doctor looked at that, smiled wickedly and said, “You have shingles.”

I have heard of shingles, but I did not know anything about it. I did not know if I should call for some roofing contractor to work on my shingles or what.

After further examination, he confirmed his first guess and said, “You do have shingles and it’s good that you’re here today because we got it just in time.”

The doctor went out of the room, came back in the room, went out of the room and came back in the room all the time smiling. Up to this time, he had not been able to find anything wrong with me. His comment always has been, “A person your age should have something wrong with them.”

Well, now I have something wrong with me. Are you happy now, Dr. Dracula?

In first grade, I had chickenpox and so I have been carrying this shingles virus all these years. I did not know I had a “carrying license” for shingles. Why doesn’t the government get on that?

The visit with the doctor was just the beginning. From then on, these shingles went crazy. They were dancing up and down my right arm as though they owned it.

I really would not mind the dancing it was the pain that caught my attention.

Up to this point, I thought I knew what pain was all about. Boy was I wrong.

The shingles virus affects the nervous system and it was from the top of my shoulder to the tip of my fingers. I never experience pain like this before.

For the next week, my wish for nothing to do came true, proving my wife was really wrong. I spent most of the time in bed doing nothing but groaning in pain. I’m not sure this was what I had in mind in my wish.

For every bad thing that happens there is always something good that comes out of it. The good that came out of this was I lost 11 pounds during that week. I’m not recommending this as a form of diet, but I did lose that weight and I guess I’m thankful for that.

However, for every good thing that happens there is always some bad element to it. The good was I lost 11 pounds. The bad was, my trousers now won’t stay up. I must be careful as I walk around because I might lose those trousers. (A full moon tonight.)

I was feeling really sorry for myself. My right arm is only about 75% active right now. That is a real bummer to be sure. I managed to go to Wendy’s and as I was in the drive-through lane waiting for my turn to order I saw a man come out of the restaurant and he did not have a right arm.

When I saw that I became thankful for the pain I had because at least my arm was intact and one day this pain will go away.

The apostle Paul understood this when he wrote, “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

It’s very easy to complain about something that you are going through, but when you see someone else going through something worse, it is a point to which you can really thank God. My thanks to God is not based upon good times, but rather the faithfulness of God to get me through bad times.

Toss The “Stuff” – NOT The Stories

Crash! “Now it’s garbage!”

Remember that scene in the “Odd Couple” movie, the one where Oscar smashes Felix’s plate of pasta against the kitchen wall? (Okay, the film WAS released in 1967, so you younger folks may need to Google it. Look for the spaghetti scene.)

Well, the same kind of thing is happening now with the possessions of our parents and grandparents. What do I mean?

Family keepsakes – and stories – are at risk.

I treasure my grandparents’ Atwater Kent radio and my great-grandfather’s meerschaum pipe. But I’m not sure who in my family will want these physical links to our past once I’ve shuffled off this mortal coil. This is a challenge facing many families today. With Baby Boomers downsizing and younger generations shunning lots of possessions, the things that used to be family keepsakes are being donated to Goodwill, placed in consignment shops, sold to antique stores, or just tossed in the garbage. That’s troubling, but there’s an even bigger issue here.

Losing connections to our family history.

What concerns me as a professional personal historian and video biographer is the continuing loss of something even more valuable than mementos and keepsakes: family stories. That’s because so many of the items being sent to landfills today have great family stories and associations attached to them. For instance, I treasure with my grandfather’s pocket watch. It’ll never cause an “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser’s eyes to light up with excitement, but every day when I see the old silver timepiece hanging in its display stand, I’m reminded of a man who I still love deeply, decades after his passing. It’s amazing how a simple item like this serves as a powerful touchstone to feelings and memories.

But I get it: Some families just have too many items that nobody wants to display or store. So how can you let go of this stuff without trashing your family history?

Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

My apologies to “The Godfather” for this analogy. But before tossing your parents’ keepsakes (the gun), save the stories and memories associated with them (the cannoli). How can you do this? Here are a few ideas:

• Video Inventory. Break out your video camera (or hire a professional) and gather your family and the possessions you’re planning to “eighty-six.” Shoot each item, describe what it is and share the memories and stories it evokes. With a little editing, the result will be a cool visual record to pass along to future generations.

• Slide Show. A variation on the video inventory theme. Shoot stills of each item and record your remembrances on audio, using a digital MP3 recorder. Combine the two to create a slide show video.

• Illustrated Photo Book. Transcribe the audio recording mentioned above. Produce a book featuring the photos and the transcribed text. The final product can range from simple (loose-leaf pages in a binder) to elaborate (hard cover book with glossy pages) – it’ll all depend on your budget, wants, and needs.

Make sure your family stories survive.

You may not treasure the possessions your parents and grandparents accumulated, but don’t forget that the memories associated with these items speak directly to your family’s identity and values. Your grandkids and great-grandkids may one day feel disappointed that you consigned all this family stuff to a dumpster. But they will be grateful that you made sure the stories connected to these items survived.

Is Your Company Ready For Industry 4.0 Transformation?

Industry 4.0 is the 4th industrial revolution. To give a little history, industries used steam to make the machine work which increased production and reduced cost in the industrial revolution. The next phase of the revolution was the mass production with implementing electricity and assembly lines. The third revolution introduced automation and computers. We are now here in the fourth revolution through digitizing and networking where we can connect the digital world with the physical world.

With hassle free wireless networking you educate the machine. Earlier the intelligence lied with the humans and machines just helped with the physical work, but now we can educate the machine and the products itself, also get a virtual image. Using Internet of Things (IOT) you can connect all the physical machines with software, networks and censors and they would exchange data with each other making human life and production much more simpler.

How many hours have you spent to hire a mechanic because your machine stopped working and the mechanic failed to understand what went wrong with the machine? With Industry 4.0, the machine will tell you what part has been failed and what has to be replaced. With artificial intelligence, it also tells you which spare parts need to be fixed.

Why Transform to Industry 4.0?

The Cyber Physical systems enable your product to communicate with your machine. Your product will instruct the machine as to the quantity and the type of product that needs to be produced, and the machine is then produces and labels the products. After detecting the product, you can never go wrong with packaging, also your quality check has been performed by the machine while packaging itself.

Industry 4.0 allows you to have a flexible manufacturing process that will better react to customer demands. This new manufacturing technology reduces your cost of production, cost of wastage, reduces errors, increases efficiency due to usage of robotics, yields higher revenue, improves customer service and increases innovation. It also allows you to create a virtual image of the real world using 3D printers and help you test your product and know your contingencies beforehand which would allow you to change the process in order to avoid the contingency before you even start your production.

You don’t need to manually check your stock. You can add a censor to your forklift and your products, and while stacking up your goods, you get the data of the quality, description, weights and dimension as well as the location of the product. This would immensely reduce errors and damages.

Feed your machines, knowledge of automated systems with this new manufacturing trend and let them communicate with each other while you see your profits rise up high and costs go low.

What If You Don’t Have A Lot of Money for a Car?

If you have to travel to work daily or have errands to run such as taking your kids to school and collecting them, then you probably need the flexibility of a car. But cars can be so expensive these days. Although dealers give you different payment options, it’s always a good idea to find something within your budget. So how can you do that?

  • Small New Cars

You could take a look at the small hatchbacks that are made for the budget driver. There are new cars such as the Datsun Go that is very affordable if you have a small budget. The advantage with buying a new car is that it usually comes with a maintenance and service plan so you don’t have to worry about those costs for the next few years.

  • Demo Models

Dealers will mark down demo models dramatically because it is technically a used car. It has been used to give customers the driving experience of the car that they are interested in buying. The demo model is driven by many people but only for short distances so the mileage on it may not be that high. It may also still have a maintenance and service plan in place so those costs are also covered. You could really score a bargain on a demo model thus saving on your monthly budget.

  • Used Cars

The options when it comes to used cars are almost endless. You can search for anything within your budget so you call the shots. You can specify the maximum year model, the type of car, the maximum mileage and amount you are willing to pay. It may take a bit of time to find what you’re looking for, but if you browse the right used cars websites you could find the bargain you’re looking for. Be sure to go to the dealer and physically inspect the car. Then take it for a test drive so that you are sure of what you are getting. Find out about the fuel consumption, service updates, previous owners and whether there is still a maintenance plan in place. Inspect the whole car all around to see if there are any dents or scratches. If there are, then find out if the dealer can either give you a discount or if they can fix it before you buy it. Buying a used car can put you in the driver seat, literally and figuratively, because you can negotiate a deal that best suits your budget and lifestyle.

Fuel Efficient Cars Are Perfect For Driving to Work

When searching for a car it is important to note what the main reason for needing a car would be. Usually it is to drive yourself to work and back home. When you use a car daily you need to consider the comfortability and fuel efficiency as part of the deciding factors.

    • Datsun GO – the Datsun GO is fairly new to the market but it is making waves because it is so affordable and attractive. It is a small and light hatchback that is very fuel efficient with fuel consumption at 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres.
    • Open ADAM – the Open Adam has a modern design and is quite attractive for such a small hatchback. It is perfect to daily driving and for making an impression on the weekends. This one is not quite so cheap but its fuel consumption is a low 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
    • Volkswagen Polo – this is one of the most popular and sought after hatchbacks on the market. Their stylish and modern design combined with German engineering is what attracts most people. Its fuel consumption is 6.1 litres per 100 kilometres.
    • Volkswagen Up – this mini hatchback is the newest addition to the Volkswagen family. It caters to those who are looking for a small car for daily use. It has a futuristic design and a fuel consumption that is only 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
    • Open Corsa – The Opel Corsa is particularly favoured by students and young drivers because of its small and adorable appearance. It consumes an average of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres which makes it affordable for regularly campus driving.
    • Tata Indica – Tata has made a big impression on the affordable hatchback market so many car buyers who want a small everyday car opt for the Tata Indica. Furthermore, the fuel consumption is 6 litres per 100 kilometres.
    • Hyundai Atos – this little hatchback can fit into almost small space and it is nimble enough for city driving. Fuel consumption is 6.2 litres per 100 kilometres which is a bit more than the other cars in this category but its narrow small size gives you the possibility to navigate through traffic easily.
  • Hyundai i10 – the Hyundai i10 is very popular because it is attractive and cost efficient. Its fuel consumption figure is a modest 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

If you are on a tight budget you may want to consider getting a used car option instead, so that your monthly budget can go a little further. It is important to note that these fuel consumption figures are based on the standard models with the smallest engines in the range.

Driverless Vehicles Will Expand The Entertainment Industry

It seems like everyday we are seeing major automakers, as well as major companies, reveal their prototypes and models of new electric and self-driving vehicles. Companies such as Tesla, Nissan, Google, Uber and Amazon are said to be leading the charge but the hunt is on for everyone.

Companies are pouring more and more into trying to get ahead and a jump-start on the changing auto industry. An industry which many believe to be changing from the motor oil engines we have today to completely driverless and electrically driven. This is happening overseas as well, China seems to be the overall leader of the industry.

China buys and produces more cars than anyone else in the world. And they have already doubled the amount of sales for electric vehicles compared to the United States, largely due to government promotion and the benefits you receive from buying and using these vehicles.

The rise of driverless vehicles is made possible because of how much money and time these giant companies are now pouring into the industry. Trying to create the perfect model all while battling each other for the top spot.

Driverless vehicles are believed to be nearly 100% safer than those with drivers behind the wheel. Humans are easily distracted, often speed and make costly mistakes on the road. Major companies are now trying to build the perfect mix of autonomous safety features, better technology and a more leisure experience.

An unknown winner in all of this will be the entertainment industry. The goal of driverless cars is to keep more people safe on the roads. So during your next road trip when you no longer have to worry about driving or directions, what will you be doing?

Some of us may sleep, some of us may read or grade papers, but the truth is the majority will now be watching TV or a movie or even playing a gaming system. Technology has gotten so advanced over the past few years and it will continue to expand. New technology will keep us connected to our cars so we can enjoy a long road trip with some dim lights, comfy chairs and movies playing, all while riding in your own car.

General Motors has just reveled their newest service called the Marketplace. This new service will allow you to use your touchscreen in the car to have access to various services such as food, entertainment, gas and even hotels. GM is continuing the trend toward more connected cars, something we have already seen with the addition of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth throughout many new vehicles.

The Marketplace service offers featured brands and deals, allowing you to easily access your morning meal while you’re on the road. The system is set up so you get in your car, begin driving and select your order or reserve a hotel and then go to your destination. The service will automatically route you to where ever you choose, such as the nearest BP gas station.

This service will also serve as an advertising platform as well as a rush for companies to get their product and logo on your touch screen. Various companies such as Wing Stop, Dunkin Donuts and TGI Fridays are reportedly all in so far.

The push for driverless cars will open up the door for the entertainment industry and allow it to mix in with the auto industry. The two would presumably team up so they would be able to offer TV, movies, sports, gaming, etc. to any and all driverless vehicles on the road.

The possibilities and profits are endless for the reach of these new features to make the automobile more connected with the rider.

A Legacy Video Costs HOW Much?

I had just begun editing my latest video biography project on a recent morning when the phone rang.

I looped my headset over my right ear and hit the “talk” button. “Hello,” I said.

“Hi,” said a gentleman on the other end of the line. “I’ve heard that legacy videos can cost in the thousands of dollars. Is that really true?”

He explained that he’d just started to research costs for a personal legacy video he wanted to create in order to share his life stories with his family, but was feeling like a “deer in the headlights” in reaction to the prices he was being quoted.

I told him that, yes, budgets for video biographies do fall in the thousands, and not hundreds, of dollars, and gave him a brief explanation as to why. So when we hung up he was certainly better informed, although I’m sure still disappointed at the cost.

His reaction was pretty common. Most folks have no idea what it takes to produce a professional, high-quality video; thanks to the proliferation of affordable consumer video gear over the years, many people have gotten the impression that creating video is cheap.

Well, it ain’t. And I thought I’d devote a few words in this article to describing why it’s not unusual for simple video biographies to start around $7,500 and prices for higher-end, documentary-style legacy videos to begin between $20,000 and $30,000 and to go even higher from there.

LET’S PUT THINGS IN CONTEXT

Hour-long documentaries produced for outlets like the National Geographic and Discovery channels have budgets ranging from $125,000 on up. A single segment on 60 Minutes can cost $200,000. So even if a legacy video clocks in at $40,000, that’s a pretty good deal compared to what those broadcast and cable productions cost.

Not everybody can afford these prices, of course. But for those who can, it’s a great, great value.

SO WHAT AM I PAYING FOR?

Higher-end legacy video companies boast producers with years of expertise organizing and planning video biography projects. Skilled interviewers guide you through your remembrances in an organized and enjoyable way. Experienced camera operators and lighting directors, audio technicians, and makeup artists make sure you look and sound your very best on-screen. Finally, seasoned and creative video editors enhance your interview using photos, films, graphics, and music to create a personal legacy video keepsake your family will treasure.

So people are one thing – gear is another. Professional cameras, lenses, lighting and audio equipment in experienced hands yield fantastic results – but cost much more than consumer gear to purchase and maintain.

And then there’s travel. I’m based in Tucson, Arizona, but I’ve traveled to the east and west coasts, points between, even points beyond, like Hawaii. Travel incurs expenses like airfare, car rental, hotel rooms, meals, etc. It’s only fair to include these costs in my fees, otherwise my company could easily lose tons of money on each video. And yet, a lot of prospective clients seem to think this is somehow unfair, or they just don’t like the idea of paying for someone else’s travel expenses, as if our crew is taking a vacation at the client’s expense. Just to be clear, we travel as economically as possible, meaning we squeeze into coach airplane seats, we stay in moderately priced hotels, and we don’t raid the mini-bars.

Finally, custom legacy videos are time-consuming efforts that can easily run into the hundreds of hours.

That being said, there are a number of companies offering video biography services, and prices do vary. Just remember that you get what you pay for. Before signing on with someone offering a low price, be sure to look at samples of that company’s work for other clients. Don’t sign a contract unless you’re happy with what you see.

WRAPPING UP

So do I wish everyone could afford legacy video services? Boy howdy, I sure as heck do. But companies need to price productions at a level that compensates them fairly and allows them to stay in business.

Whether you can afford to hire a professional personal historian and video biographer, or you opt to do it yourself, the key is not to wait – get started on your legacy video now!

Four Auto Trends To Watch In 2018

interesting year for the automobile industry and everything that went on both in the public light and behind the scenes. From seeing rideshare companies continue to grow, car sales decline and self-driving vehicles hit the road, it was surely historical.

2018 is lined up to be no different. Here are four automobile trends to keep an eye on during the coming months and 2018 as a whole.

  1. Electric Vehicles – 2018 is going to be a very exciting year for electric vehicles as they finally have gained ground in the industry. New options will be available along with models which offer longer driving ranges and will be cheaper in price. Charging times will continue to decrease and charging stations will begin to pop up more and more around major highways and cities. As the world continues to push more toward a healthier environment, the rise of electric vehicles will continue to grow. Outside of the United States, other countries have already begun to implement this change and are making electric vehicles their number one priority and number one transportation option.
  2. Car Sales – For the first time in seven years, car sales in the United States have gone down. While this shouldn’t come as a huge red flag, it does have some people questioning what will the future hold. As rideshare services become more readily available and cars are still expensive, more and more people are deciding not to own a vehicle. Experts predict that sales will do fine in 2018, yet it will be interesting to see how major automakers do in the new year.
  3. Rideshare Companies – Rideshare companies have taken the transportation industry by storm and have really made an impact on how people get around. They offer such an easy way to request a ride and an easy way to pay, making trips quicker and cheaper overall. The two rideshare giants, Uber and Lyft, have also introduced extended programs such as how to deal with those with visual impairments and even taking patients to their medical appointments. If these efforts continue, rideshare companies will be around for a long time. It will be interesting to see what they have in store for 2018.
  4. Driverless Vehicles – Along with electric vehicles, driverless vehicles are poised to become the next big thing. Once thought of as only a dream, they are now becoming a reality. 2017 saw driverless vehicles getting physical miles covered on the roads and newer and better technologies. Major companies all over have been pouring money into these new autonomous safety features, hoping to perfect it. So far, we have seen driverless vehicles on the roads in California and Michigan and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. It is believed that driverless vehicles will make the roads nearly 95% safer than what they currently are.

2018 will surely be an interesting and exciting year for the auto industry, seeing how these trends effect prices and demand and production. No matter the case, make sure to keep yourself protected during this new year. Having a complete auto insurance plan is the best way to do just that.specializes in offering honest and affordable auto insurance and making you our number one priority.

Can I Get An Amen?

An interesting aspect to people is their proclivity toward hypocrisy. By that I mean we say one thing but we really do not mean it or it does not really apply to us personally.

I was complaining about this to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage this past week.

“Why is it,” I said most curiously, “people really don’t mean what they say?”

She responded by saying, “I always mean what I say.”

Being the kind of husband that I am, I refused to contradict her reply. Therefore, I am not referring to her in these comments. People just don’t say what they mean.

For the past month, I’ve been having issues with shingles and nerve pain all the way down my right arm. It’s very painful and I hope it goes away soon. Let it be clear that pain and me are not friends. The sooner the pain leaves, the better it’s going to be for me.

But I digress. My condition has been a very clear focus of my life these days. After all, it’s my pain that I have to live with every day.

It happened just the other day when somebody that I was passing on my way into Publix said to me, “Hi, how are you doing?”

Well, I thought to myself, he asked so I begin to tell him about my condition and all of the aspects associated with it. Within a few moments I could tell he was not very much interested in how I was doing.

I continued with all of the details and then he suddenly looked at his watch and said, “That’s interesting, but I am late for an appointment and I have to leave right now.”

Well, okay, but after all, he asked the question I didn’t. If he wasn’t interested in how I was doing, why did he ask?

See how people say things they don’t really mean?

This happened to me several times with people I had never met before. They asked the question about how I was doing, when I began telling them how I was doing, they had no real interest in how I was doing.

That rather frustrated me. How I was doing was a very important aspect of my life and sharing my pain with someone else was something I wanted to do. However, nobody was interested in my pain.

It brought me down to a point of discouragement. I had to stay home for several days because of the condition I was in. I could not drive and so I stayed home.

Then something different opened up for me.

As I was sitting there, reveling in my displeasure and discomfort, the telephone rang.

I answered the phone and it was somebody trying to sell me something. They began by saying, “Hello, how are you doing today?”

That is all I needed to hear. I began to tell him exactly how I was doing with all of the pain and discomfort I was experiencing. I went on and on even though several times he tried to interrupt my little speech. He asked and so I was telling.

Three minutes into my little speech, I heard the telephone go “click” and there was nobody on the other end of the line.

I sat back in my chair and smiled rather deeply. Why did this person asked me how I was doing if he wasn’t interested in it?

It was quite an afternoon, I’ll tell you that. I don’t know if the word got out that I was sick and at home, but the phone rang constantly all afternoon. Everybody asked me, “Hello, how are you doing?” And, I told them how I was doing.

All that afternoon I dominated the conversation of every telephone solicitor that called. I never allowed them to get a word in edge wise because they asked me how I was doing and I was going to tell them.

My wife came home from the office and saw me smiling.

“What in the world,” she said as she walked towards me, “are you smiling about?”

“All afternoon,” I explained to her, “people were calling me asking me how I was. And so I spent all afternoon telling these people exactly how I was.” I then chuckled.

She just looked at me and then broke out laughing herself.

I found out the telemarketers are not really interested in “How you are.” All they’re interested in is selling something I really don’t need. But I enjoyed the day telling them how I was doing.

That’s the way it is with most people today. They say one thing but they really do not mean it. They do not want to know how I am doing. It is just something they politely say when they do not know what else to say.

David understood this when he wrote, “They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak” (Psalm 12:2).

How often does this happen in our daily life.

Then David said this about himself, “My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding” (Psalm 49:3).

As I was sitting in my chair nursing my pain, I came to at least one conclusion. I am not going to ask people how they are unless I really want to know how they are.