What Really MattersPosted Friday, July 15, 2011, at 2:53 AM
Our Children And Grandchildren should make us want to be better people.
I have written about Susan in a prior blog but this should be considered-Part Two. "The Aftermath."
What I have learned since 2001--- Families are important. People are important. Life can change in an instant. Words cannot be unsaid. Some conversations should cease when they bring discord and anger.
We have been living in fear because our worlds are falling apart. Our churches, homes and grocery stores and back-yards are no longer a haven of safety or peace.
So, What really matters in this world? Being right? Or is it digging into your bag of tricks to see what truth can be manipulated to suit your point of view?
When we wound each other with senseless rhetoric, we wound more than just an unknown person on the internet. When we witness the crumbling walls of respect and humility, are we sad or are we the ones who are holding the hammer and the chisel?
What matters most today and every day is how you conduct your affairs. Can you go to bed at night and say to yourself," My behavior was above reproach"
This is no longer about political parties or how to "fix" anything wrong with the world. It is about how we treat people and how they treat us.
The internet is a great way to take out your anger and aggressions because you are so "sure" that you will never come across the person that you just wounded with your typed words. Or so you think.
There are two kinds of endings in this world, the good ones where everyone rides off into the sunset and the horror films where the bad guy gets a sequel.
When we choose to buy into the sequel, the bad guy gets another gig. If we prefer the good ending where everyone lives, we can walk out of that movie feeling as though we have gotten our money's worth.
The world can be a kinder and gentler place, but it begins with looking at yourself in the mirror and seeing your image looking back at you. Will you be Snow White or the Wicked Stepmother?
In just a short week, people's lives have been turned upside down. We don't want to let go of our loved ones, but sometimes they have to let go of us.
We can recognize differences with our peers without agreeing with their lifestyle choices or political leanings. Why? Because what matters most is the heart of the person standing in front of you.
When we choose to allow some "faction" to dictate what the definition of tolerance and fairness should be. Or bully us into some kind of submission for the sake of political correctness, we are being cheated out of our own agency.
We should choose to be kind, generous and loving. EVERY DAY!!! When we fail this simple rule, we are just as guilty of adding to the real deficit in this country today.
The deficit is the lack of empathy; good manners, respect, honor, integrity and humility. They have been marked in red instead of black. The Black has now become the surplus of Anger, Lies, Deceit, Greed, and Indifference.
Today what matter most, was that I had to say goodbye to a dear friend. Her life made a difference to many on all levels of life. Her family and friends are heartbroken and stunned as the abrupt ending of their every day lives.
Are you making each day count for something besides poking the bear or hitting the hornets nest with a stick?
The Aftermath of What Really Matters Consists of two choices. Loving your God with all of your might, mind and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself or Escalating the War of Words into something nuclear where no one wins.
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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.