Tickled to Life!

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I don’t know about you, but all this “dead” talk has me quaking in my boots. From morning till night, we talk dead, our conversations loaded with dying clichés. Sure, they’re expressions of speech, but do these clichés say what you mean and do you mean what they say? Suspense killing you? Then I dead reckon, you’ll read on.

We get up in the morning dead tired, go to our dead-end jobs, and if we aren’t working ourselves to death, then we’re bored to death. And doesn’t quitting time always bring the dead to life? We’ve been brain dead, dead between the ears, and dead from the neck up.

And who hasn’t confessed, at one time or another, to being dead to the world? Everyone—except the dead, that is. (Actually the Apostle Paul did in Galatians 6:14!)

From the way some folks talk, you’d think they were on a death march, and in a way, they are. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (NABRE). If we want life, why do we talk dead?

Still not dead certain that I’m dead right? Well then, don’t drop dead yet. Feet kill. Backs kill. So will your nose if you catch a death of a cold and look like—you guessed it—death warmed over.

Even happiness kills. People are thrilled to death, tickled to death, or they laugh until they think they’re going to die. With that kind of attitude, I don’t want them loving me to death.

Do you really mean it when you say, “You’ll be the death of me yet” or “I wouldn’t do that if it killed me?” I hope not, because that kind of talk will stop you dead in your tracks.

Then there are folks who are just plain dying. Chocolate lovers dying for a chocolate. Sweet teeth dying for sweets. Men and women dying to meet Ms. Right and Mr. Wonderful.

People will die for just about anything, I guess. Or maybe they’re just dying to go. If they keep up that kind of talk, they’ll be gone all right.

Ever been so embarrassed that you thought you’d die? Or worse still, so humiliated you could have died a thousand deaths. At least you didn’t die trying.

Scared to death by all this dead talk? I would be if I were still talking dead. Remember, you hold the power of life and death in your tongue. In today’s English, Proverbs 18:21 might read, “What you say is what you get!”

Copyright © 2017 Marion Amberg

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