Saturday, August 4, 2007

I didn't mean it ... What I did on my summer vacation

Well, it certainly is nice to be in a position where you can take off a whole month and do nothing. OK, that's not exactly what I did during July. Had lots of visits from family and friends,did a little travelling, lots of landscaping work around the house and managed a little time for some pontoon boat time on the lake:)

Last year about this time I buried my younger brother. Talk about being a victim, poor David rarely caught a break. He held several jobs at a time but could never quite make ends meet. He was one of those people for whom life is a struggle. David was a severe diabetic and was confined to a wheel chair since having both legs amputated. He was a hard worker and great at robbing Peter to pay Paul. Growing up in our dysfunctional family he managed to survive the rath and dislike of our Dad. David had the misfortune of having a speechimpediment and being overweight. "You sound like a #$%##!@@ foriegner, speak #$%^&#@ English." Wonderful words of encouragement coming from your father. Well, he survived, but then we all did, just some better than others.

David gave up his struggle last year about this time. I personally think life became too difficult for him to deal with anymore. As a memorial we planted a tree in his name and care for it daily. David, you aren't forgotten.

Neither are all the people who sufer from being bullied or being bullies. Just day or two ago Eric Hainstock, the 16 yr old from Wisconsin was convicted of shooting his Principal to death. The school cotends Eric was a bully and this shooting was in retaliation for his suspensions. His Defene attorney says he suffers from ADD and was bullied and brought the guns to school to scare the principal into stopping the kids from teasing him.

Doesn't really matter does it? Someone brought a gun or guns to school. The were either bullying or beng bullied and wanted to scare others into action. Bottom line, someon wound up hurt. Even worse, they wound up dead!

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!! What part of STUPID do you not understand? What we have in ths country is a lack, hell, it seems to be a complete absence of RESPECT! You are different from me, so I don't have to respect you! You are different so I don't have to care about you! YOU AREN'T LIKE ME, YOU'RE DIFFERENT!

Lets get back to basics. TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED! Everyone deserves RESPECT! Of course they are different, thats what we call DIVERSITY! It makes the world go 'round! Let's try a little LOVE instead of hatred and mistrust.

I wasn't in the World Trade Center on 9/11, but I bet no one made a frantic phone call to let someone know they hated them. NO! They called home to say "I LOVE YOU!" LOVE WINS in all instances!

Let's spread a little love and give respect to others in our corner of the world and together we will make the whole world a better place.

As always your comments are welcome. Let me know what you think.

I'm off to Alabama to present at a District In Service, back in a few days. Check out my website,


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