Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
in these times we must work even harder than before. You have to think in ancient times our influence on our children was much stronger. Immense amounts of media outlets including the internet has created so much more that influences the lives of our children that it is of the utmost importance for us to focus more on our influence. Our children are so malleable and yet so many individuals let their children be influenced by whatever it is out there while they do their own thing. I am fortunate enough that the mother of my son has not faltered in her role as a parent.
I believe a lot of what has caused the nation to get where we are is not a result of the war or the credit/mortgage crisis. But rather years of neglect of our domestic education system and the faltering of assistance to American citizens. Additionally, parenting in and of itself has caused lots of issues in our society as well. We have stepped away from the fundamentals that made this nation great. Does anyone else find it strange that education has had minimal exposure throughout the lengthy campaign for this presidental election? I have not been watching as much lately but I have not heard that word come out of either candidates mouth in recent weeks. I am disappointed, and find it to be inscrutable that this is not a bigger issue. we spend millions (probably even billions) to educate people in other countries; yet our own state of Mississippi has one of the lowest literacy rates of any progressive nation in the world. Michigan is quickly gaining ground to be a leader in unemployment and is quickly becoming an economic disaster for many.
Do not get me wrong, I am not anti-philanthropy. But at what point will we shift our focus back our domestic issues rather than continue to go to everyones aide while the state of our own nation continues to deteriate?
I digress...I am probably not making sense and to be honest as of late I do not understand myself. Just as this entry in my blog jumped around my thoughts have been doing this for weeks now so I hope you cold follow this.
Back to what triggered me to write this entry after an emotional ride this video took me on I wanted to share it with all of you and ask you to share it with every father you know.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
If we took the time to sit and count our blessings; just how long would that take us?
It would take hours...possibly even days. You disagree? Well you should try it. You have life, family, friends, your computer and Internet connection you are using to read this, the power used to power that computer, talents, skills (like the ability to read you are currently using)...get the picture?
I challenge you all to begin that list. You will not complete it in one sitting but at least initiate the process. Next, I would like for you to rate some of those blessings. Now take the top five (or more) and when you wake up in the morning be grateful for those things. Thank God for those blessings (or just be grateful if a non-believer). You will be amazed at how your day will start off on a positive track. If you make this a habit you will find that you will begin to be more grateful on a more consistent basis throughout each and every day.
Then as you begin to share your blessings with others you will become infectious with that positive attitude you carry. It is truly an amazing thing.
As time goes by ask yourself this...are you hopeful, optimistic, and encouraging? Do you associate with like-minded people? Human emotions are truly contagious. If you hold these positive traits you will begin to attract the same. However, if you go into groups that are naysayers and pessimistic trying to "make a positive difference" you had better be VERY strong. Otherwise your attitude will soon, like those around you, become cynical and negative.
So let us all begin to be grateful for what we do have and encourage and support those we are in contact with. This as most of what I write about is not easy. I never claim any of it to be so. With that being said, is anything worth having really easy?
Now you decide.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
The uncertainty references the next few months of my life. Since recently discovering I have a son I have done much to change my lifestyle and everything in an attempt to be with him in whatever way possible. Meeting my son a couple of weeks ago was truly an amazing experience and went perfectly (obvoiusly excluding having missed out on the previous time in his life and then having to leave). The time we got together was spent blithely going along with no regard to time. I feel I greatly utilized the time there from when I stepped off the plane until I had to be dropped off at the airport the best I could. Now life has taken a huge turn....emotionally this has been difficult (MUCH more difficult than I could have expected). Obviously I am not omniscient in any sense of the word I now feel that I have to be so careful in everything I do whereas the consequences to my actions can greatly impact my son as well. It has absolutely even further changed the way I go about things on a daily basis.
That is really all I have for now...as you can see I have not been writing as of late and even my previous two posts sucked and to be honest I disagree with. If I read them in someone elses blog I would never return...lol. (I meant that last statement).