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Abboism #44: Ill Pill

Ill pill

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This week’s Abboism is ill pill. If you are new to Abboisms, let me give you a brief summary: Abboisms are a collection of my dad’s patently Southern sayings that I am trying to record for posterity’s (as opposed to prosperity’s) sake. My dad’s nickname from childhood is Abbo; that’s how I chose the name of my collection. Many of the sayings were passed down from his father, who we grandkids called Pop.

Did You Take an Ill Pill?

If you have kids, then you know there are days when they just seem determined to “be in a bad attitude,” as our own Little Fella said when he was younger. My dad would blame the root of a bad attitude on an ill pill that that someone displaying a far-less-than-stellar attitude must have taken. Nothing was more maddening, by the way, than to be interrupted in the middle of a sour attitude than for him to ask, “What’s wrong with you. Did you take an ill pill?”

I related the story of one of my brother’s ill pill incidents in the “Andy and the Book Satchel” chapter of Lines in the Gravel. All of my kids have taken multiple ill pills, and I’ll bet that yours have, too. I’m just grateful that adults don’t have access to ill pills. I mean, you never have days when you just want to be mad at the world, do you?

Yeah, me, too. I suppose we never quite outgrow ill pills. As an adult, though, I have discovered an antidote to ill pills. I have a hard time staying angry at the world when I’m serving someone in it. Maybe you’re reading this post today, and you’ve already swallowed an ill pill today. May I suggest that you step outside yourself and do something for someone else as quickly as possible?

Just as soon as you finish biting my head off for suggesting it.

Thanks for reading.

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) and is currently compiling his faith stories into his second major work, working title Stories from the Roller Coaster, due out around the first of November. He is writing that book completely outside of the typical work week in order to develop a blueprint for busy people with a valuable story to tell to be able to tell their stories. Subscribe to his email list to stay up to date on his progress.

About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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