Cool Your Jets


I don’t know about you, but I am weary of the bickering we see daily.  Seldom does anyone take a deep breath and think critically about issues anymore. The Presidential and Vice Presidential debates set a new low water mark in my mind, but I am getting tired of almost all of the news broadcasts …

That is why the phrase “Cool Your Jets” came into my mind.  I remember hearing it many times over my life … not so sure where it started.  Maybe it was just a natural evolution of language. Most everyone knows it means you should calm down and become less agitated.  That seems so wise.

According to the Internet, which of course can be fully trusted, the phrase originated with a quote in the January 1st (1973) edition of the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune:  “If you want to cool your jets, just step outside, where it will be about 10 degrees under cloudy skies.”

Maybe so.  I just remember that Abraham Lincoln said you should not trust everything you read on the Internet.  As for me and my house, I will go back to some old wisdom from the Old Testament book of Micah that seems to fit the current situation perfectly.

Micah 6:8 New King James Version (NKJV):  He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Justice, mercy, and humility … an Old Testament form of the phrase “Cool Your Jets” with some real meat.



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