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Living the Dream
I am becoming older, and my goal is to do that gracefully. Part of my journey has been keeping up with advancing technology, not for self gratification so much as for the way it expands my world.
I do, however, utlize the computer, internet, IPhone and IPad as mediums to explore and understand the world and take great delight in finding inspiration through the fulfillment of others. Those who believe they can and do achieve their dreams, no matter how life may treat them.
By necessity of guarding my heart, there is much to weed out. I am so grateful for the ability God has given me to not be enticed by the filth and violence perpetuated and multiplied by the media and music. It keeps me focused and not wasting my time with thoughts and materials that belong in trash dumpsters. While I pass by many things our society entertains, I am reminded that there is so much more than that going on daily in the world that is good and meaningful.
People are living and dying in the worst conditions imaginable while we "upgrade" our gadgets at record breaking speed, for our own self-indulgent pleasure. Children are being sold into sexual and manufacturing servitude at alarmingly younger ages, not that any age is acceptable, but all innocence is being extracted ruthlessly. We go on, blind to all of it, conveniently manipulating our remotes when it is reported on television. It makes us uncomfortable, but not enough to take action for the most part.
Survivors emerge nevertheless and that is why I am moved to write this story. I happened across this and bear with me, it takes place in Korea, but it is relevant anywhere. I was moved to tears as I often am when I work with those struggling to survive. I am inspired by their courage and their acceptance of life while it was, while working to make it better.
What a contrast to the entitlement to laziness in our country produces. . So many manipulate the systems they grew up in to receive maximum benefits without ever lifting a finger to give back to someone else.
The antithesis are the uber rich who provide too much money to their children without requiring work. This approach foster a get-rich-quick mentality that lends itself to drug usage and indulgence as an acceptable way of life and then glorifies it through music.
These two stories present those who chose to risk for a shot at their dream. One is a middle-aged adult who used music as an inspiration to fight off hopeless feelings while living life on life's terms (as we say in recovery). The other even more inspiring, a young orphan who made his way through 10 years on the streets with no one but himself looking out for his welfare. He found comfort in music as a result of the loneliness and circumstances buffeting his young soul.
The outcome is astounding, please take time to watch the videos if you haven't seen them and let your emotions run real. As for me, I am so convinced that I am setting out on yet another dream. Having made major career changes at 35 and 45, I am not as afraid as they must have been at times. I may not be famous, but my life does count. So does yours.
Life is made for living, and real living is done by those who live life through its sometimes difficult offerings and circumstances with an eye of hope to a better future.