We each have the right to feel the way we do. I may not agree with you, and you may not agree with me and here’s a secret: That’s OK!!
But I wish we could all practice a little more tolerance for opinions that differ from our own. And I wish we all could show a little more love toward our fellow humans. What a wonderful world it would be!
It’s easy to overlook need when your life is going well. You know, when your career is holding steady, your children are healthy and happy, your marriage is strong and you have no sudden unexpected medical conditions to plunge you into that place where no one wants to land…
But what if that weren’t the case??
Think about these real-life circumstances for just a moment: What if your spouse left you or died? What if your child developed a serious and very expensive medical condition? What if you were laid off from your posh well-paying career without warning?
Don’t kid yourself, these things can happen to any of us.
I read the news stories and I’m shocked, sickened & saddened beyond belief. How could this be?? An evil person filled with a dark, boiling hate strolled into a place filled with happy people – and just instantly eliminated several innocent lives.
Not just names in a news story, but sons and daughters, friends and beloved family members. People who got up that morning and went about their normal day, not knowing the terror that lied ahead.
My mind screams “no, no, NO!” but as I see these images on the nightly news I’m forced to accept its reality.
Recently I shared a post I’d written about eco-friendly living. I was trying to encourage readers, pointing out a few simple everyday steps that might easily be made for those wishing to lower their footprint.
Most of the comments from others were helpful and positive. But there were a few snarkycomments too about how some of these tips were nothing new.
But it got me to thinking – unless you’re talking about new technology, almost NONEof our environmentally-friendly living steps these days are new!
Not everyone can afford to install high-tech equipment on their home to live simply. But almost anyone can take easy daily steps in their own home to move along that simple path – and it costs little or nothing!
Why do I do it?? Why do I go through the trouble (and expense) of raising my own chickens? Or why do I plant a veggie garden and then spend countless hot summertime hours over a steaming pressure canner to preserve the bounty it produces?
And why do I haul my laundry outside when there’s a perfectly-good electric clothes dryer RIGHT THERE?
Doesn’t it all take a tremendous amount of time? Wouldn’t it be easier to pop open that snack-pak chocolate pudding cup instead of making it from scratch?
Recently on my Facebook page I shared a story that I read about how much food is wasted in this country – everything from harvest waste or culls in the field to grocery store waste.
I commented that it was a shame that more edible & in-date food destined for the dumpsters for whatever cosmetic reason couldn’t be used instead to feed hungry people.
Many of my followers chimed in that it was a shame indeed. But one person was angered by the story for some reason that I still don’t quite understand. As a matter of fact he was indignant and abrasive to many various commenters.
Now I love FB and I typically enjoy it immensely. But this internet troll incident got me wondering if public social media sites like Facebook are really a friend or a foe?
Recently I attended my mother’s birthday celebration – a gathering of family & friends. We all met at a local bistro and many tables were pushed together to make room for all the guests in attendance.
Of course there were family members there, but helping to celebrate were many super-fun friends as well. Most older than me but beloved like family.
As RancherMan & I arrived we greeted these wonderful people, sharing hugs all the way around the table. As we all settled into in our seats talking, sharing and laughter were the sounds that filled the cool spring air.
Just then one of the older ladies who uses a walker was passing slowly & gingerly behind me when she stroked the back of my hair and said “Dahlin’, I do believe you’re getting a little whiter back here…” To which I replied without skipping a beat “Hey, I’m PROUD of those new platinum-blonde streaks – I earned EVERY ONE of them!”