Why I'm here....

Since I've always been quick with an opinion an old friend once lost and again found suggested that perhaps I should share with more people my commentary. Never being one to pass on a challenge I thought I'd give it a whirl.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A World Gone Mad: Hey There's An Elephant in My Tree

Our country has grown soft.  Yes that will make some of you angry but it is what it is.  We used to say “Sticks and Stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  Now we say “Your words they hurt, my sensibilities you offended, off with your head, political correctness to the end.”  Today’s world is a world of “ME”.  Everything has to be about that person and what they want and how to get it free or with the least bit of effort.  What happened to taking pride in your work?  What happened to being proud to sweat for a dollar?  What happened to wanting to be able to show what you have because you earned it?  Our children don’t want to play outside or use their own imagination anymore.  They want to play video games and are afraid of the heat.  Riding bikes and playing cops and robbers is long gone and are left as ghosts of memories in my mind.  Water fights and playing t-ball were many an hour regardless of the temperature outside.  Our parents had to make us come inside.  Being inside was a punishment.  Today’s parents give their children everything they want.  No chores necessary.  Just lay in your room not getting exercise and learn to let a machine think for you.  Where are we headed to with this way of thinking?  One day who’s going to do the work?  Do you know how hard it is to hire a kid to mow lawns or shovel snow or wash a car these days?  I do know some kids that still will.  There are a few parents that get it.  Life and living is not done on a computer or in a game.  That isn’t living.  I understand wanting to treat everyone good.  You know we had the golden rule in school too.  Treat others as you’d want them to treat you.  We were not babied though.  We were taught that life is tough and that never is life going to be easy but you would make it.  We were prepared for what was to come.  If someone teased us our parents told us that no it wasn’t right but that we had to pick ourselves up and go on.  We knew that we would not get everything we wanted.  We knew what it was like to be proud of that first house we painted or that first car we bought.  When someone offended us we simply knew that either they were daft, or they just believed and saw things differently.  Did we get mad and angry, why yes sometimes we did.  Did we ask the government to make a new rule and stop someone?  No we didn’t.  When did we decide as a nation that it’s better to offend Christians and our forefathers and everything this nation was built on to be politically correct?  I believe firmly in a live and let live society.  I believe every man and women’s journey is between them and their maker and I have no right to judge them in this life.  I believe its ok for someone to believe differently than me about politics and religion. I don’t believe that if I express my opinion that I should be crucified for it?  Didn’t they do that in the stone ages?  I mean what happened to freedom of speech?  Hell what happened to freedom period?  Don’t get me wrong… I am still proud as hell to be an American.  I am glad I grew up when I did and that my parents instilled right and wrong and honesty in me.  I’m glad I am not someone who wants everything for free and that I take pride in doing what I need to do to make my life better.  I’m glad I’m a person that doesn’t take offenses to heart.  Yes I get offended every day of life.  People say things or do things that upset me to some degree, but over the years of living I have learned to step back and try to see the situation through the other person’s eyes.  More often than not people do not mean to offend, but rather just choose unwisely what they say.  They don’t think about it.  If you ask me there are way too many people out there blaming everyone and anyone for their life being the way it is. If you don’t like your life fix it.  There is no shame in asking for help when you need it but don’t play the poor me card.  I have always hated the poor me card.  No one’s life has been perfect.  There is always a sadder story just around the corner.  So you had a bad mother, or a bad childhood or you have been sickly all your life.  We could all get up every day and find something negative to think about.  The way to live is to get up every day and think about what you have to be grateful for.   What can you find in your life that is good?  If you can’t find anything then talk to friends.  Hell for that matter get out and make friends.  Your life is up to you. Sure you may not have a mansion but you don’t necessarily need one.  Some of the loneliest people I’ve ever met had money to burn.   Stop belly aching about what the boy down the street did with the girl next door.  Stop worrying about who thinks you’re fat or who cares you’re gay or who doesn’t like you for that matter.  Those people are not worth the time you are taking to think about them.  Embrace those that support you and lift you up.  Embrace the thought that I’m here and I’m going to live while I am.  Every day is a new day in this world gone mad.  Fall down today, pick yourself up tomorrow and move on.  You control your destiny and what will be left behind to be said of you, no one else. 

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