Daily Prompt: Express

This word “Express” in my mind has two meanings I would like to explore quickly.

  1. I need to have something in my life very quickly so I am going to order it and have express shipping to get it here. Although it will cost me extra it’s so worth it.
  2. There is something I need to say and I am going to express how I feel about this, that and the other thing.

So as you see there are different ways of looking at the same word that can have different meanings. One is speed in receiving something and the other is sharing your thoughts. So if you look at the world we live in we are seeking fast ways of sharing what we think and hopefully they will buy into it.

via Daily Prompt: Express

A Commentary On Charlottesville And Beyond

What I saw in Charlottesville on the campus of the University of Virginia last night was sickening and immoral. There is nothing right about hate. America should be better than that.

No one has a birthright to all the wealth and all the privilege in life. Just because you are from one race doesn’t give you a birthright to the great bounty given by the Creator.

There is more than enough to go around. This country has welcomed people from around the world to its shores and we are a colorful tapestry of individuals who all want to have a part of the promise that has been afforded to many for generations.

I would even go as far to say that America is only one of many places where people are free to dream, to achieve, to live, to believe and to love as they wish. The globe is full of opportunities and that is where we are in this time of history.

Tired Of Arguing Online

In the tit-for-tat world that is social media these days arguing can be exhausting. There is an old Internet saying “don’t read the comments” and its true. On Facebook you can see where there is so much pain and suffering in the feedback of people who are wanting to speak louder to get their point of view across. Back in the good old days there were debate classes that taught the fine craft of point and counterpoint. In debate you had to do your research to make your case. There was a point to debate and it was an orderly, civilized discussion of a subject.

Fighting the good fight is a noble thing but when you think about it that can just wear you out. Politics has made things so bad that it has ended friendships and caused division. I get tired of the arguing but you have to do something or say something when you see injustice going on. But man things can get tiresome online.

Just Working Hard – Just Saying

I make an effort to work hard daily. There is a thing called job security that is nice but I don’t do my job well because of that. Being good at what you do is nothing to be ashamed of but you have to be mindful of others who struggle but work just as hard. To me grace is helping those who do what you do be better because everyone wins that way. Too many people are selfish with their talents and even time but you don’t have to be. Just working hard does pay off and when others enjoy that same opportunity it lightens the load for everyone or it makes your whole department better and it means more opportunities to expand what you are doing and getting more resources. So just working hard is a great thing for everyone. Don’t you think?

Perspective On Life and The World Courtesy of The Tennessee Aquarium

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Fish and Sharks swimming at the Ocean’s Journey section of The Tennessee Aquarium

I was looking at this section of the Tennessee Aquarium and a couple things struck me. These animals don’t know what in the world is going on outside this tank. All of them are just living their lives the best way they know how to. Sure that shark can eat all the things in that tank but he doesn’t. Perhaps he has learned to live in peaceful co-existence with the other creatures in his small world. Yes there are handlers that take care of all their needs but still its a very peaceful life.

As I gazed upon this sight it relaxed me and it reminded me that you have to keep swimming in the case of the shark but being a part of something bigger is quite awesome. There was a relaxation thing too where seeing fish float and swim free of the cares that bog me down. Maybe we need to all just chill out and enjoy the place and space we have. I am glad I had this moment with these creatures and this place. Perhaps I need this more often.