Common Sense

In This & That on August 19, 2011 at 1:27 am

Most of us have it but few of use it. Many people I come in contact with on a daily basis complain about other people today. The complaints are almost always the same: “What is wrong with people today?” “People today have their heads in the sand.” (sand is usually not the word they use) You get the picture. If we all feel this way, who is everyone referring to? I believe we all fall in this category at times. How many times while driving does someone try to change lanes on you and you think to yourself “I am driving a big (black, red, blue, whatever color) car and this person can’t see me?” But ask yourself, have you ever tried to pull into a lane on someone else? What were you thinking? Your mind was most likely not on your driving. We are all in our own little worlds today and sometimes this causes us to be obviously to others.

Had your hands full lately and approached a closed-door with people going in or out of that door? When is the last time someone held the door for you? The first thing we think is “that person is rude! They see me with my hands full and they don’t even try to help me!” Problem is you have probably done this to someone recently without even paying attention. I believe most people are not intentionally rude, they are just not paying attention to the world around them.

What to do? This is a very difficult question to answer. Back in the day you used to trust your politician, they told the truth. Back in the day you used to trust your neighbor, now we don’t even know our neighbors. Back in the day you could stop and render aid to someone who was in need, now we keep going and pretend we don’t see because we are afraid of trouble. Back in the day we questioned people who said things that didn’t sound right, took responsibility for our own actions instead of pointing the finger at someone else and raised our own children instead of putting schools and teachers in charge of this important task.

Until we all start paying more attention to the world around us, stop complaining and start doing, things will remain the same. It has to start with us! How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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