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"Are We Really Safe" by Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on January 21, 2013
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"What does it mean to be safe." What do those words conjure up in your mind. Does it smack warning, does it raise a fear in you. Does it tell you that you and your family are in danger. It should because guess what we are all in danger.

It can come in a personal attack of our integrity. A direct and uncalled for invasion of our privacy and yes even the result of the loss of a loved one. That's right we are not immune to danger. A matter of fact we have left ourselves wide open to the attack. Fear not it is there, far to often it is right around the corner.

Silly subject matter, maybe in the eyes of some. Maybe they are blinded by a false sense of security, caught up in a lifestyle they think as safe and yet when it happens we all question why?

Welcome to the Fireside once again and I do hope you feel safe here. Cuddle in close and lets sit awhile. Know that you are loved...

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Most Of You

No matter where you live or what part of the country you call home the sun still sets and rises tomorrow. It is the one constant we all have in our lives that never changes. When the darkness arrives it is followed by another day of light. It offers a newness that reassures us yesterday has been left behind.

No matter where we are we still face the unknown, the questions we have about the why's of yesterday. They still haunt us do they not. I know for me when I hear of tragedies world wide, the hunger and the great need I can not help but think of just how blessed we really are.

Yet It happens daily, our hearing of the struggles of others. You know the questions you may have of the guy you just met in the mall or the guy sitting next to you in traffic. What is he capable of? It is possible that you will someday meet him or her as the perpetrator who causes you pain and suffering you have heard of. This time not just in the news but face to face.

Does he or her exist, they do and they are among us. The respectable teacher, the accountant and the guy at the grocery store or the person that offers the world and yet can not deliver on his or her promises. They are there and so are we. Yet we all share in this place we call the world. Today with the advancement in technology we have no choice but to be exposed to it.



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What Is The Answer

What ever happened to the desire to achieve, to set what may have appeared to be a lofty goal and pursue it. Why do we live in a society that seems to feel they are entitled. It seems to have fallen upon us harder these past few years with the downfall of the economy. The lifestyles we all lived a few years back have changed.

I was raised in a small town where my dad had a Barbershop and a Pool Hall. Did he make vast amounts of money. Did I have everything I wanted or even dare consider having what is demanded of people today. Not a chance, one thing I had was parents that stayed together through the good times and the hard times and they loved unconditionally. Did I miss out in life because I did not have the latest and greatest or attended all the training camps I wanted while both parents had to go out to support the habits. No again, I had all I needed because I had love.

We in North America have created this wonderful system called a social safety net where there is help should we find ourselves in need. I think it is an amazing system for people who are in need to turn and get that hand up when needed. I am all for people getting help so please do not get me wrong.

Where I take issue is when it becomes a lifestyle. Where pride is replaced with this never ending thought of entitlement. Where people all around the recipient of these benefits sits on their asses while others go to work. It has become an epidemic because after a few years there is a hole in the resume that can not be filled in with anything but the word lazy. What employer is going to hire someone who has nothing to offer.

What ever happened to accountability. I can not imagine being able to stand looking in the mirror and calling oneself accomplished and a contributing member of society. I do think it means hard work, giving back financially in taxes like everyone else. To continually take is to live in a world filled with a lie calling yourself something you are not. Our forefathers did not sacrifice, did not go to war for you to sit on your duff and ride for free. They did it so people could live freely and contribute like they did.

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Together

Together this can once again be a productive world. It can not be carried by a few. It takes the entire population to make the difference. The Bible is very clear on one thing and that is "The man who does not work does not eat."

When I look at the great need the world over it is overwhelming. People are in dire straights and they have little hope. They do what they have too do to survive in countries where their is no help. They just do, could you or I do the same if we had to fend for ourselves. "You can feed a man a fish to help with his hunger but teach him how to fish and he will do one better and feed himself and teach others through some good honest hard work.

In closing I think we all need to stand back and look at our lives and see where we can make a difference. We live in some troubled times and I do feel they will get worse. It is a community of people that works together that will survive. Take a long hard look at the reflection in te mirror and ask what is it I can do to make a difference instead of being part of the problem. You like us all have goals, dreams and ambitions. Take the skills you have and make a difference.

We have all been defeated at some point and time in our lives but through sheer determination and setting the past behind we can again rise to the challenge.

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Pam... a good lesson I think we all need to learn is to be grateful for the help when needed. What is important to remember is the person offering is wanted to bless you and when you refuse you are taking te blessing away...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Rolly, I had that same experience. It was an eye opener for sure. I thought I had to do everything and found it difficult to accept help from others. Now I am just grateful when help comes along. Blessings to you on this early Sunday morn.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi again Pam... like always it is great to have you stop and hopefully catch a little rest and find some warmth at the Fireside. I recall once when I was truly down and out a hand up was offered and I refused to accept. I was asked a few months later why. It was hard to give an answer. Then came the comment "You are always more than willing to help with your time and what resources you have." Then came the real question "What kind of a heart do you give with when you refuse to receive."

      That to me was a sobering thought and it was then I learned to leave my pride behind...

      Hugs and blessings as always

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Rolly, I couldn't agree with you more. I believe in a hand up when someone is trying to help themselves also. Too many are taking the easy way out. Since I started working as a teen because I also did not grow up with much money. We were taught to work and be responsible. I taught my children the same thing.

      God bless you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mark... thanks for stopping by and know that I have been praying for you....

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Well said Rolly, I agree with you on all points,

      Mark

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thanks for the comment and yes it does happen. I so appreciate the social safety net that has been created for people with a legitimate need. It is good to see the tax dollars being put to good use. Yet when we hear of what you see we do get discouraged.

      Like you I do hope and pray the economy of our two countries does change. We are very stable here but there are concerns.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Gypsy... Thanks for the hugs and please be like Sid and find that path of sunshine. Quigley does the same here when it shines. Spreads out and like the minute hand on a clock moves to follow it... lol

      Blessings

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I couldn't agree with you more. We have so many young, strong young men and women who live off the government in my little town. They live in what's called ' low income family housing ' The rent is based on their income, which is none, they all get food stamps. They have two or three little children, thus, drawing a welfare check. We have a manufacturing company here begging for workers at $ 14.00 an hour and no takers...There must be some kind of oversight instated to stop this kind of behavior. One young woman was heard saying, " Another kid brings me another check. " I do feel pity for people who live in the larger areas and can not find a job. I am so in hope that the economy will rebound again. I think it will. Enjoyed reading your hub Rolly. Thank you for sharing thoughts...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sid reciprocates Quigley's message of love with a definite meow. Poor baby is feeling the cold and keeps to the room in a patch of sunshine - it's -12 F here and falls up to around -15 at night. lol Hugs.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy... good to see you and read your comment... it is a hard world out there but so much better when there is the basics of living and that is love...

      Quigley sends love to Sid

      Hugs and xoxoxox fro Canada

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      It is so important for us to all come together and learn to love one another, to reach out to those in need and to be kind and understanding. Perhaps then we can do what we need to make this world better. Hugs. Passing this on.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Mekenzie... good to see you again and thanks for your comment and you are so right it all starts with love. Without it you have nothing but a void that can only be filled fro one source...

      I can take the blame for the white stuff... sorry but it is part of life here...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Buddy, This hub is a reflection of many of my own thoughts. I too am thankful for a system that helps people who really need it but I see too many taking advantage of it when they have the ability to work but choose to take instead ... it is a generation of entitlement which will take our country down unless it changes.

      I see 'kids' today who think they should have what their parents have worked their whole lives to achieve. I don't get it but I believe it is up to the older to teach the younger to be wise and work hard .. which is what you have done in this hub.

      Love is the most important thing we have to give in this world and when all is said and done it is enough ... God's love is the only true love that is everlasting and He is the only one who can fill the void all humans try to fill. When God fills our own hearts with love we spill over to all who know us.

      Thanks for the love you so freely give to all who are blessed to know you.

      Hugs from your Buddy in Michigan who has finally been dumped on with the amazing white stuff. :)

      Mekenzie

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Faith Reaper... well we are soon sneaking up on the noon hour so I can still call it morning.

      Love is what we all strive for, what we all seek and we all need it. This hub may sound of undertones of judgement on my part and it was not intended in such a way.

      The world we live in today is a reality and we are all called to contribute in the best we know how.

      Hugs for your awesome comment and thank you for the confirmation of some of my thoughts...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, God bless you dearest Rolly, and thank you for sharing and writing this hub of truths here. Love is truly all that matters in this life, and if we have love in our hearts, then we are able to love others, and that is all we need and that matters really. I am glad you have written in here about if a man does not work, he does not eat, as the Bible tells us.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing. You're the best dear.

      God bless you. In His Love, Faith Reaper