It seems like lately whenever I turn on the news, there are so many bad things happening that it is easy to get lost in the negative. So today I am doing something different. I am doing an I Believe post and putting it all out there.
-In God and that He is in control. We worry too much about things we can't control and we need to have more faith that He has this.
-That religion is not the same as faith. I have a Christian religion but it does not define my faith. More terrible things are done hiding behind religion than probably anything else in the world. Sometimes religion is wrong and sometimes people use the Bible, Koran, ect as an excuse to act and behave in a hateful way. That is not about faith that is about inhumanity.
-In the United States of America. I see a lot of posts on my Facebook (and ignore them) about how nothing has changed since the 1960's. I don't know what country these folks live in but everything has changed. There is an African American first family. We are more aware of individual freedom and rights to choose their path. People are coming out more and more and discussing topics we never would have discussed like being Gay, Lesbian, and transexual. Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are completely different. There are warning lables on cigarettes and alcohol and they have legalized marijuana in some states. We are fighting wars with terrorists who play by no rules. This country isn't perfect, it is a work in progress but it is a great country. Work to change what isn't working and stop making excuses for other people's bad or criminal behavior.
-In the designated hitter. I hate watching pitchers bat and even though watching Shin Soo Choo right now is about like watching a pitcher hit, I would still rather have the DH than deal with National League Baseball.
-That STRESS kills. This morning I walked into work and had already delt with more stressfull situations than I will probably deal with all day. Finding a way to relieve stress is huge. I paint. Figure out what your thing is and do it.
-That people drive like crap. Cars are not islands. People should try to be polite behind the wheel because people die when you are careless and stupid. Texting, alcohol and speed are the main reasons behind accidents today. I am terrible about putting the phone down but I am going to try to get better. Everyone should.
-That there are way more good, honest, non-racist police officers in this world than there are bad cops. These men and women put their lives on the line everyday (and some die) for average citizens of all kind. This country would fall apart without those willing to sacrafice. Labeling all police as bad is a very dangerous and broad sweeping bit of ignorance.
-That the media in this country is ridiculous. They seem to enjoy showing only the worst side of humanity and do everything possible to flame the fires. The media has a responsiblity to report everything fairly. If you are going to report every single bad thing that happens from the worst possible light then you are irresponsible and inciting riots.
-That if you are going to break the law you deserve to go to jail. Being angry at the world is not an excuse to break the law. Feeling like you deserve more than someone else is not an excuse to break the law. The world doesn't owe you anything. You got life and you get the choice to do with it what you will. If you do the crime expect to do the time.
-In individual responsibility. Make changes not excuses. If you want to change the system you must work within the system. Excuses and pity are going to get you exactly what you have. If you want or need to change, then work to change. If your situation is not a positve then work to make it better. We all have our own struggles, nobody is unique in this. You can pick yourself up and fix yourself or you can stop living.
-in being there for people who have been there for you.
-That step-parents are overlooked and unappreciated members of a family unit. We deal with all of the same problems as a birth parent but the respect and appreciation is half. I love my (step) daughter the same as I would if I had been her birth parent and I worry and want the best for her. The responsibility is something I took on as part of marrying her father. Nobody gets to define me as "not a parent" because I didn't give birth to her. I am a parent, I just got there a little late.
-I believe in planting trees, composting, and growing your own food. Taking care of your little piece of earth is an important part of being responsible.
Finally, I believe that politics suck and no party is right. I believe politicians lie and are out of touch. I believe that it is up to all of us to work to make OUR communities better and stop expecting the politicians to change our county.