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Back to the Basics

December 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

As most of you know, I struggle with my faith in humanity in all aspects. I have been on a personal venture to not only prove to myself that there are good people in this world, but to also share my findings with others. In my search I've met some wonderful people and they have welcomed me into their families and hearts with open arms. Others have set me back to square one. I have searched my heart for the ability to find good in everyone, but I am now a firm believer that some just don't offer any mercy or humble kindness. Humanity is a strange thing. In this blog I will share my thoughts and deepest emotions on the subject. If you don't want to hear my opinion, I suggest you stop reading now.


As a human population we rely on technology. That is a fact. It isn't a natural instinct to pick up a cell phone, tablet, laptop, game controller, tv remote. It's what we know. We weren't MADE in the image of God to live our lives based on what someone else is posting on Facebook or what a celebrity is tweeting about. We go to work everyday, send our children to a school or daycare so that we can work 8-12 hours a day to pay for homes, cars, cell phones, and technology in general. We work to have more. We work to live, if you will. That leaves NO time to actually LIVE. By the time our shifts are over, we pick the kids up, go home, maybe cook a meal or pick one up on the way home. Then we are too tired to LIVE. I'm going to try to explain this in the best way I know how so bear with me. For example... The past week I have become so fed up with Facebook, technology and society in the highest form of resentment. It's CHRISTMAS for goodness sake. Yet, we have people more worried about what someone on tv said than the fact that freedom of speech has gone out the window. Who cares people!? Tolerance goes in two directions... Yours and mine. I don't care what you do or what you believe. That is our right and it seems as though that right is slowly turning into a battle of politics. That's beside the point. I'm getting off subject. 

I always do anything I can to make everyone happy. I am finding out, as a business owner that you can't possibly please everyone. I've been beating myself up over one mistake for the past three days. What I can't teach myself is that I can't do everything right. I can't fix something that someone else doesn't give me a chance to fix. Everyone has a decision to make when they wake up in the morning... "Am I going to be happy and live life to the fullest today, giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and showing kindness even when they don't earn it, or am I going to be miserable with myself and show the world that I'd rather see them fail with me?" 

I tell that last part to get to this next part. I'm tired of trying to please those who will not be happy. I will continue to give 100% and hope for the best. Humanity can't be repaired. It can't be reset back to the basics. If you think about it, we are all animals. We were made to survive. With today's technology and dependency on society to tell you what you can and can't do, we have lost our instincts to survive. We were created to live like the Indians, with a respect for nature.  Our instinct is to, basically, live. Wake up in the morning and protect our land and our families. Grow food, hunt for food while giving thanks to the animal for providing nourishment, build with our hands, have respect for other families and their way of living. Somewhere, technology became a nuisance. 

While working to provide for our families we are losing our actual life. Could you imagine if you got up in the morning and instead of going to work to make other people rich, you stayed at home and tended to a garden, built a home with your own hands, cooked a meal with ingredients that you grew, played in the backyard with your kids? It's the same if you think about it. You'd be working and providing for your family, but you would actually get to live. No worrying about bills, time, or where your next meal will come from. No stress of rush hour traffic or job security. Just life in it's most raw format. The way it is supposed to be. You may be thinking, "that's too hard of a way to live." but, that's only because technology has made everything seem easy. It's a delusional thought really. It used to be easy until we were taught to depend on machines. 

Have you ever seen someone who may not have nice clothes, who may not have the newest iPhone, yet they seem happy? Yeah, I bet they are happy with what they have because they aren't struggling to pay for those clothes and that phone. In the big picture, what does it matter what you have? Can you take it with you when leave this earth? Can you sell it on eBay from Heaven? Do you think anyone will care if you have a $36,000 vehicle 5 years from now? Or tomorrow for that matter? 

The biggest stress for me comes from technology. What if we all just lived.... and let others live.

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sew or reap or stow away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable then they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:25-27


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