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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Heat Beat

[Next two paragraphs a quote from Grammarist - link can be found at end of quotation]

If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen is a proverb, which is a short, common saying or phrase that  gives advice or shares a universal truth. We will examine the meaning of this proverb, where it came from…..

If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen is an admonition which means if you can’t stand the stress, pressure or difficulties of a situation, then you should remove yourself. The unspoken idea here is that removing yourself from the situation makes room for someone else who is able to stand the pressure or difficulties to take control. The term if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen was popularized by U. S. President Harry Truman, who was in office from 1945-1953. Truman was a plain-spoken man who hailed from Missouri. He credited Judge Buck Purcell of the Jackson County, Missouri Court as the originator of the proverb. The phrase is often shortened to if you can’t stand the heat, the assumption is that the listener already knows the ending of the phrase. Many proverbs are rendered in this way, as they are so commonly known that the speaker only needs to invoke the first part of the phrase for the listener to understand the meaning.


Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


Psalm 100 New King James Version (NKJV)

A Song of Praise for the LORD’s Faithfulness to His People 
A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.


The above commentary (from Grammarist) upon the proverb used and popularized by President Truman (If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen ) remarks that “heat” can include a  complex of “stress, pressure or difficulties of a situation.”  I think a job certain I am not cut out for is that of cook at Waffle House—a position of incredible stress as line servers en mass bark orders at you; all the while you have five things cooking at once on the grille.  Now to this stressful workload can be added dense forests of negative attitudes leveled by all.

I am well aware that the Presidency is some sense undo-able even by the most qualified.  President Obama clearly was a highly competent and cool leader.  But consider that his youthful daughters had put in their faces daily that many people hated their father AND DID THEIR BEST TO MAKE HIM APPEAR GROSSLY EVIL AND totally INCOMPETENT—maybe not even a true American.  I THINK AS President I would look for lots of effective helpers. Like Obama will strive to carry on despite insulting put-downs aplenty.  Yet I will determine to “let my little light shine” while asking our Great Creator to guide my steps.  Let’s face it, we can’t always be Mr Rogers in a tranquil little kitchen. Lord I pray lead me to be less than a “uniformly judicial Mr Goody two-shoes” never varying in speech or action—but especially in speech. Just know up-front that I may not perfectly fit into your pre-packaged notion of a “Uniformly Polished and Erudite Mr President—the Cool Charmer who never raises his voice.”  Sometimes--for me at least--righteousness will involve high spirits with sparks flying all-which-way rather than a seamlessly buttoned-down and polished Mr Ice. 



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