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"Are We Really Safe" by Rolly A. Chabot
"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...
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.
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.
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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