The Thing About: Uncomfortable Truth

Truth is uncomfortable. Hearing things you don’t wanna hear is tough. So often we seek comfort in life so the unpleasant stuff we don’t have to deal with. Yeah its human nature to avoid things. I am one of those who doesn’t like conflict or anything like that.

However in the days in which we live we need to hear the truth of others who are oppressed and harmed daily for their skin color, their gender, their sexual orientation and their physical disabilities. Prejudice is not fun. It’s something that people live with their entire lives. There is a intersection of racism, homophobia and classism being explored and navigated.

My friends all that is wrong. There is a reckoning going on right now and its making systems that have kept the status quo very uncomfortable. It’s past time it happened. As a white person I am learning more about the lives of others and how lucky I have had it. Seeing people for who they are and their experiences can help all of us learn and grow.

Truth will set you free but it will also make you face things that you have long wanted to avoid. It is time for all of us to be uncomfortable so that others might have a better life. Facing the facts of reality is hard and it won’t be easy but now is the time for the world to get it self right and seek reconciliation. The fight for the future is a noble pursuit. Now is the time to make that change. What are you going to do?

The Thing About: The Virus

Allow me to be serious for a minute or a little more. Over 90,000 people in this country and 317,000 around the world have died from COVID-19. Now is not the time to have strange conspiracy theories or to play the blame game. Energy would best be used in finding a cure for this deadly virus.

This pandemic has already changed the course of history forever and we have to remain focused on preventing people from getting the virus and caring for those who are sick with it. Deaths along with job losses have impacted people more than anything else in recent memory.

Spreading false information is going to get people more people killed. It would be awful to see another spike in cases and deaths. People have to behave, do their parts, and be true neighbors so that everyone will be safe.

Rumor has it that it’s the twenty-first century, let us act like it.

The Thing About: Being Serious

When I am trying to be serious I am put off by people who don’t take me seriously and choose to chuckle. Sure I have a silly side but in this stage of my life I am a serious person because of the days we live in. It’s not what I have to say is anything more important than the next person but I want to get my point across and to be heard. Everyone wants to be heard, its important to have your say. You never know when it might do something important for someone else.

The Thing About Doing Stuff

Doing stuff in your home is necessary to keep chaos at bay. Saturdays are good for that sort of thing assuming it really is Saturday in this land of Coronavirus. Doing chores isn’t always fun but its always necessary.

My grandmother was one of those women who kept a tidy house and that is something I cannot seem to achieve myself. I can do better but I do what I can. Yes, doing stuff even around your dwelling can be drudgery but you know if you can get a few things done as you go along its not quite bad.

You do have a sense of accomplishment and face it you have to step away from the computer every now and then to help you keep your sanity.

The Thing About The Changing Us

Everyone has some sort of rule of life, philosophy, personal theology or another guide that helps them through life. All of it should be fluid and flexible. Perhaps it should evolve as you change and as the world changes. Yes, circumstances and life changes that are unavoidable. The more that we approach life from an open mind the better off we are. If we do this more people can come into the big tent which is a good thing, right? The thing about us is that we can change how we do things and commune with nature and our fellow human beings.

More to follow as I adapt and change and all that jazz.

The Thing About Work

Sometimes no matter how hard one works it requires the cooperation of others to make things happen. The thing about moving something for a distance is that it’s not always up to you, other people need to buy into what your purpose is all about. Doing your best seems to only go so far before results are expected. Life seems to be like this these days.

The Thing About Certainty

In an ever-changing world certainty is one of those things that gives one comfort and some peace. However, its the mystery of life that means certainty is not always what is best. Having a certain way of doing things can mean one doesn’t have to think, it just comes naturally through practice and tradition.

Our religion is something many can be certain about. Maybe its science or history or the arts. It’s always going to be there or so we hope. All of those things are subject to new information, trends, discovery and personal interpretation.

Sure it would be great to be certain about one’s income or who wins the big game or perhaps what the rules of life are but even all that is subject to forces outside our control. In our personal lives being certain to have the love of family in friends is reassuring.

I suppose the only thing to be certain about is change and we are all subject to that in our daily lives.

Nobody knows the future with certainty. We can, however, identify ongoing patterns of change.

Alvin Toffler

I think Mr. Toffler is on to something. The future is not a lock but if we pay attention we can be ready for the change that will certainly come.

Certainty isn’t certain.

The Thing About Brutal Honesty

Sometimes brutal honesty is nothing more than brute force using words. Is it really necessary? Sensitive people aren’t equipped to take this sort of thing. There are other ways of telling the truth and every situation is different. Sometimes its just misplaced anger.