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A Bump in the Road

Posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 10:35 PM

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Moonlight Over Lake Lottawana in Missouri
Most of us who grew up in Idaho know all about "bumps" in the road. Or those wonderful wash-outs that made you hold your breath as you slowly inched your way through a narrow spot with a mountain on one side and a sheer drop on another.

Some bumps are huge rocks waiting to tear up an oil pan or high center your vehicle. Other bumps are more like hitting a deer or a cow.

Recent horrifying events have been described a small bump in the road.

I beg to differ with that casual statement. We are not embarking on unexplored territory but dealing with individuals who do not even value their own lives.

Americans are not the exception to the rule when it comes to terrorism. I would venture to say that you might be in denial if you believe that a pit of rattlesnakes will not bite you if you join them for a cup of tea.

I have always resolved that my blog would be either uplifting or give the reader something to ponder.

So forgive me for being outraged when so many people give their lives daily because a horde of petty undisciplined fanatics decide to destroy property, burn flags and even plot to murder our loved ones, friends and soldiers.

There is a darkness covering our world as we speak today. The few of us with flashlights that still work will continue to point out the dangers as long as our batteries hold out.

Life should be worth more than a campaign speech, a video tape or a fundraiser. It certainly should have more value than a person willing to blow themselves up on a bus or a grocery store.

I do not believe that everyone can embrace the democracy that we have been fortunate to experience in our lifetime. They have been enslaved far too long by tyranny. Even Moses experienced contempt from an ungrateful people while traveling in the desert. They wanted to go back to slavery when there wasn't enough water or food. They gave lip service to what God desired for them and backslid when Moses wasn't around thinking that God would not know.

Leadership requires a strength of character. You can choose to make people bend to your will or encourage them to think for themselves. A good leader will always encourage the good in everyone. When quarrels break out, they step into the fray with quiet words of wisdom. Leadership sets aside the ego for the greater good.

There are too many undiscovered land mines out there in this big bad world. The odds of escaping unscathed are getting slimmer by the day.

What is happening in the world today is not a mere bump in the road. I think that we have fooled ourselves into thinking that the road will continue to be paved and go on forever.

I wanted to express this without pointing fingers or naming names. An election or change of religion will not change the course that we are presently on.

In my own personal life, I have experienced bumps in the road, even a few treacherous potholes. It nearly broke me.

What made me whole again was the knowledge that I did not have to navigate this road alone. Nor did I have to worry about having sufficient light as long as I kept moving forward by putting one foot in front of the other.

No one can make you fail, if you are determined to overcome an obstacle except yourself. I have heard many comments about how one political party vowed to make one president fail.

I ask you this. If you desire to do good, have the integrity to stand up for the greater good. If you put aside yourself and listen to wise counsel. Will you fail? Maybe, but the odds are greater that you won't.

George Washington set aside an hour of his day to study his bible and pray for this country. Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of healing a nation after such a bloody divide of our nation. They humbled themselves before God and sought out His Counsel.

That is true leadership. When we explore our choices for the future of our children and grandchildren. Ask yourself one thing, Will it matter if you voted the straight ticket, or because someone was better looking or of a certain race or religion?

Just like falling in love with "Mr. Right". If there are one or two personal habits that slightly bother you, ask yourself how you will feel about it 4 years into the future when the honeymoon is over.


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President Obama addressed the United Nations yesterday and addressed the road ahead.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-offi...

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 5:58 AM

Bonnie: I'll bet the families and loved ones see this as more than a bump in the road. Good blog as always. Thanks.

-- Posted by skeeter on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 6:02 AM

I found a couple errors and corrected them. This is not just a commentary about one person but all of us accepting the word of one individual or a political party.

What we see and hear should make all of us uneasy. The long road ahead should be recognized as a dangerous one, not a bump.

I would say that about anyone thinks that we can afford to have tea with a nest of rattlesnakes.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 7:49 AM

I should have said those of us who accept the word of one individual or political party.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 8:28 AM

And anyone who thinks. I am really off my typing today.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 9:47 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE7pHhpbW...

Right around the 11 minute mark.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 10:25 AM

I think the bump in the road was mentioned on the 60 minutes interview.

This is not about the president, but a few comparisons on how a great leader should be. And the attitude that is aided and abetted by the mainstream media on foreign policy or the lack thereof.

Should we not be outraged that the foreign press knows more about what happened in the Mid East than the WH. Or what they are willing to admit to.

It is about accepting something as truth no matter the source intead of studying it out in your own mind.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 11:39 AM

I remember the President speaking about the video and addressing the emerging democracies placing emphasis on the futility of restricting speech in the modern world.

I've read a couple of news articles regarding arrests surrounding the video.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/egypti...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-e...

http://m.washingtonpost.com/world/egypti...

If he called the emerging democracy in Egypt at the U.N., their reaction may be to crack down harder on Coptic Christians.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 11:46 AM

Nice blog Bonnie you always write very elegantly.

I have the bbc UK & world news on my phone. They are very fast with the news, sometimes I get news from them first before it breaks here.

Twitter is fast, that's where our news sources get breaking news.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 11:59 AM

Today, we heard the words of two leaders in the Middle East. They clearly made their feelings known and their intentions too.

Who will you feel safer with? A president who wants us to believe what really happened by blaming a video. Who leave the word terror out of his speech.

Who doesn't come to the American People and say, I was wrong, this was a terrorist attack and planned.

Even now, he sent Jay to be the messenger. We are not as important as campaigning in Ohio.

Look at Joe's blog. This man is doing more than any one running for office in the US today.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Sep 26, 2012, at 8:10 PM


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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.
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