In July we celebrate Independence Day and Pioneer Day here in the South Western United States. To me those holidays are important because of the many sacrifices that were made for greater causes. In the days of the pioneers, people were courageous and unwavering. Most everything they did had tremendous value and purpose. Where has that gone?
When was the last time you or I were passionate about something? Yes, I did try really hard to get my finger nails perfect, I passionately shooed the kids away as I applied the oh-so-cute polka dots, but that's not what I'm talking about.
It seems like we have forgotten two things in my opinion:
- what is important (to see what I personally believe is important click here.)
- and how to keep those things in the important column.
Seriously folks, a lot of work has been done for us by our ancestors, and in return we are.... casual and laid back??? They lived and died to give us so many blessings and I feel like we have totally dropped the ball. We hardly remember what their struggles were, and at times even mock the things that they worked so hard to give us.
Sure it is great to live nowadays when everything is done at the touch of a button. But let's not get so caught up in the trends of today that we forget why we are here and how we got here.
I personally am perturbed with the lack of values of the day. It is a frustrating thing to teach my kids right from wrong, when the world thinks wrong is right. So here's an idea, let's follow the example of our ancestors and put forth real effort in to something. And hopefully something of great value.
I'm not saying stop what you are doing and go save some dolphins. In fact that's the opposite of what I am saying. I am saying today for just a moment stop. Stop and think about what is really important. And then figure out a way to share that with others -through your actions. And then stop doing things that are contrary to what you believe is important. That's it. That's how we get back to civility. One person at a time doing what they believe is right. That is enough to impact others.
Alright, that's it. I'll get off my soapbox for the day. I just like the kindness and purpose that I imagine life had long ago when a handshake, your name, or your word meant something. I don't want to go back to churning butter, but I wouldn't mind life with a little more curtsies and a little less curtness.
As always I am curious to hear your thoughts. Please comment.