I have begun and stopped at least a dozen posts. There’s so much I want to say, but the thoughts seem incomplete and unimportant. I struggle with what to say, what to share. I see so much around me, both good and not so good. But, putting the words around those moments has proven difficult.
I watch friendships that come and go for so many reasons. I don’t think all relationships are meant to last forever. There are some people that come into our lives for a season and then we move on in different directions. What I’m seeing, though, are relationships that are coming apart because there are so many conditions that are set forth. The most common condition: “I can’t spend time with you if he/she will be there” or the more definitive “You have to choose, it’s me or him/her.” But the most interesting spin on these conditional friendships is that the conditions are usually not reciprocal. The same person that forces the choice also requires unconditional acceptance of all of his/her own relationships.
I see snap judgments made with very little knowledge of the circumstances. It’s easy to jump to the obvious conclusions. It’s much harder to look through the details and find out the circumstances that surrounded the event or person. Not all information that is provided through the news or social media is complete or even correct. I remind myself that a cup of salt and a cup of sugar look a lot alike, but they impart very different results. It’s time to stop assuming everything is at face value and look deeper.
I realize how easy it is to forgive and forget a “pet” sin. Adultery, promiscuity, little white lies, petty theft are easily excused and often expected by the majority of the population. But, make a mistake or forget something that is involved with one the “causes of the day” and expect be hung out to dry. Political correctness, bullying, gun control are all examples of causes that get a lot of attention very quickly. One misstep and you are toast.
I mourn the loss of discipline in the home and schools. Where are the strong parents that created strong homes to provide the framework for successful children? Instead, we have given rise to the “helicopter” parent that is just trying to force the schools and society to adapt to “MY CHILD”. Where is the discipline in schools that commanded respect? It has been eroded away, bit by bit, by the parents who see no wrong in their own special and perfect hell raiser and the leadership that is afraid of repercussions.
I’m exhausted by the total obsession with “me, myself and I” that surrounds us. All of the above would be remedied by taking time to look around and try to understand. But, I can’t see others if I’m focused on me. Am I a cup of sugar or a cup of salt? How will I affect the recipe of life around me?