Tenets-Six point Seven (Tales from the SSC&B)


{ Denise gracefully hosts Six Sentence Stories; where writers unleash their magic under one simple rule: in no more or no less than 6 sentences.
This week’s prompt word is : TERM
Spontaneous synchronicity triggered by Clark’s Six (point-seven)  }



The Sophomore straightened his back – not that he lacked physical height but instinctively reacted to the barrage of Gatekeeping Tenets I was laying out before him with a quiet voice; a counter analogy to the intensity of the words spoken.

” Young dude, let me repeat the first tenet so you won’t present any excuses later on:
It’s not the people who know they should be allowed in who matter, it’s the people who hope to deserve to be let in.

A common mistake is to entitle yourself as the Six Sentence Café & Bistro becomes stronger, unless you feel like transitioning to a Billionaires’ Row employee who by virtue of location/clientele act as if his espresso is delivered daily with a flight from Caffè Bistrot Savini in Milan.”

I kept hammering…softly of course :
” Anytime you feel a conflict in terms of deciding the best course of action, fear this not but embrace it;
the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function*.

Keep your attention focused on what is your own concern – be crystal clear that what belongs to others is their f’n business and none of yours…until they make it so.

And finally, beyond Gatekeeping, as a probable-friendly token:
please,  please with lots of sugar on top, don’t study any of the Proprietors…cause I’m telling you young dude, You won’t graduate!


*F. Scott Fitzgerald

and I’m out of single malt…


About Spira

” The eternal part of our being is conscious of the timeless essence of life & is aware that the past is nothing but a memento of the present and tomorrow a dream of the now. The very thing meditating & singing from within, remains always inside the boundaries of the primordial instant that scattered the stars into the cosmos.” Kh.Gibran

14 responses »

  1. I wonder if one can go beyond intelligence? Sometimes, more so lately, I can have eight or nine opposing things running through my mind and still carry on with what I’m doing (granted, a LOT slower, but still carrying on…) – not, I hasten to add, that I consider myself any more intelligent than the next person by any means! 😊
    As for hoping to deserve to being let in, or knowing they should be allowed in, I somehow find myself bypassing that whole process and I’m just there; like a ‘special guest star’ cropping up from time to time on a favourite TV series, one who shouldn’t be there but adds to the story nevertheless… hmmm… you’ve got me thinking now, Nick… and it’s far too early to be thinking this deeply…
    Good SSS, I’m still getting to know the players (it’s that name thing again!)

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    • In my book, yes,for sure intelligence(as perceived and measured) is not a definitive characteristic- not even close.
      Other attributes, empathy per say, inform deeply the being in discussion.
      But the young dude has to know the rules first…before he decides to break them 😉

      Speaking of which…kudos ! There is always a back alley door…

      ” far too early to be thinking this deeply…” haha, tell me about it!

      Thank you Tom. Take your time !
      I’m off to meet some wolves!

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  2. Hello there, in the realm that I sort of live in (the Star Wars universe) there is a thing called the Jedi Code, a set of rules on how to live by way of The Force – however there are also people in that universe that know and understand the rules (or their interpretation) and decide when and where to break said rules. These people such as Qui-Gon Jinn were considered either mavericks or wise….I prefer to err on the side of wisdom. It’s all well and good having rules but it’s what you do with those rules (or not) that matters.

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  3. *a black Lincoln pulls up to the curb, a woman steps out of it…*

    Sorry, I’m late. Been making the rounds….you said you were out…brought you a bottle of Highland Park 30 yr old single malt….

    The Gatekeeper’s tenets could be considered an umbrella under which sits knowledge, awareness…belief in the impossible…like the SSC&B 🙂

    *the sound of a car door opening, music pours out of the Lincoln “…don’t fear what you can’t see”,
    the woman gets back in the vehicle…*

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    • * Once again I watch a black Lincoln to drive away…Highland Park, how did she know?…silly question mate, I answered to myself…

      Sometimes the best response is to remain silent instead of using words that devalue the moment; this is one of them.

      … “

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