Month: July 2016

Back to Trust

We always come back to trust. When things seem settled, and people seem to have shown their convictions, and we have formed a view that we feel is based on something solid, those things (and people) change. This is not a personal narrative of depression. (I don’t need a hug), but another recognition that most things below us are sand. Human imperfections are real and temptations to go with the flow are strong.

If we can manage to think before responding to any person or event, we may avoid later embarrassment or the need to apologize. If we can wake up each day, or even one day, and ask ourselves, “How little can I say today?”, then we might be better off. Words are tools, but they can also be weapons. Fighting in the mud is no substitute for solid ground differences. There is a way to do things, and a way not to. We seem to have made dishonor our tradition.

The tricksters are in their ultimate glory these days. Only after the fact can we see and be amazed at the creativity of deception. It worked! It seems there is a new wrinkle every day, as a coaching staff changes a play just enough to make it more deceptive to the opposition. In my work, I often say, “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t.” The same is true for politics. This shouldn’t surprise me, but I still have that taste in my mouth that isn’t good, and feel I need to go brush my teeth. If you want to do things better than this, I’m with you.

Things Change

The common agreement among nearly anyone who has been alive over thirty years or so is that things change. Some things are the same, but others are different. Such is nature and the way things should be.  Someone clears a patch of ground, and lets it go. Nature takes it over again, and someone else comes along and clears it again, and on it goes.

Something that is not natural and not good is the quick, knee-jerk attempts to force change when drastic change is not needed. Our emotions are not good guides. When allowed to overrule conscious reasoning, we will wind up with something much worse than when we recognized the problem. There will be times we want to “fix” a perceived problems today when we don’t know enough to do so. We perceive that things are broken and we want to “do something, even if it’s wrong”. I have heard that phrase over the years, and have never agreed with it.

Our political machine is about to kick into overdrive and between now and November we will be barraged with urgent needs and promises to meet them. Some needs are legitimate; others have been created strictly for politics. We need to know the difference. Things always seem to take too long, but it must be that way, or we would destroy ourselves too quickly.

Another July 4th

I live in a house built in 1903. I don’t know if the builder thought the house would be standing this long, but it was built solidly by his sons and him. He had 80 acres; I have sixteen of it. All the modern amenities have been added by someone who knew someone who had seen a house wired once. It’s the same with the plumbing. The property itself requires a lot of upkeep. It may seem desirable to live at the end of a 1/2 mile driveway in a “three (rooms) up and three down” house in the country, but this is no Hallmark card. The big barn was built in 1955 and is like a rock. If anything happened to the house, we could build a couple of rooms in the loft, and it would be very livable. (But then there is that blasted plumbing problem again.)

It doesn’t take long for the locust trees, cedars, weeds and multi-floral roses (the most evil of all plants) to take over everything. It takes intentional effort to keep it the place you saw when bought it. Things will constantly interfere with its functional use and beauty. We can’t ignore it.

It’s the same with our republic. We must re-read the birth certificate and remember its name and why it was born. It was designed for good people. That is a problem in itself. We are not good people, even though we try. The founders understood that, so they built some fences, boundaries, and walls to keep power from concentrating in one place. The walls are in disrepair, the fences need work and the (political) boundaries are blurred.

Our work begins in our own locations, in our towns, and with our friends. There are plenty of weeds for us to eliminate, and as we look at the bigger picture, we see bigger weeds to take care of. During the hot dogs and fireworks, we can also be thinking of testing our trimmers and chainsaws for this fall’s clean-up event.