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"Where is The Value" by Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on October 20, 2014


Let us take the time to sit and just rest and ask the question "Where Is The Value?

Strange question you may ask. I know I ask as well as I watch the degradation of society and the people we see daily. Some are as close as a look away and yet they are invisible because they hide their secrets.

"Who are they,"... The people we work with, the people we associate with and yes even the people we see in the mirror. They are us and the many around us. They come as a thief in the night. They win our confidence to gain more of us. Yet at the drop of a hat they can change the lives of thousands in one senseless act of revengeful hate.

Please dear friends I ask you to gather here, cuddle in close to each other and please whisper the words I love you to each other, to your loved ones and yes even your enemies as hard as it may be. The enemy has one purpose and that is steal and destroy what is right and just in our lives. "Love the man but hate what he does."

Above all else dear friends I want you to know that you are dearly loved and I welcome you to the Fireside. May you leave here today with a nugget of truth, a morsel of hope and a heart of love.


The Loss

We all see the trend of the world unfolding before out very eyes. It is hard to miss when we sit in front of our TV's and see the devastation the acts of people can impose on each other. Mass shootings in our schools. Men women and children taken far before their time. The horrors of what took place during 911. Oh how it has taken its toll on us all.

We are prone to seeing it happen closer and closer to home with each event. It has become the norm to see if someone can outdo the next. It has bordered on absolute insanity when you think of a child having to lose his or her life because of some madman. I could go into all the details of each violent act we have been witness to of late but I think the revolving newscasts do that job for us well. We see the same scene over and over again and it just seems to never stop.

Take the last such event in Boston. The cause or purpose of all this is incomprehensible to the average Joe citizen who is out with his family to watch such an event as the marathon, this is absolutely insane. I mean really what could someone expect to gain from killing innocent people. It sickens me to think of what sort of a mind is behind something like this or any other act that can take innocent life. It is nothing more than mind boggling to anyone who knows right from wrong.


The Storm Brews

Will it go away I would have to ask. I think not, the violence we see is far to common. Belief systems need to change, hearts need to change and the value of human life needs to change. Just because I do not accept your belief system does that qualify me to be the target of your hatred, your vile acts you impose on the average person to what? Make your stupid point. In the eyes of the world that is all it is.... a stupid point.

What a shame to think people have to be ever so constant and vigilant in the world. To think people are being held captive by special interest groups. We can go back all through history and we have seen it. Hitler, Mussolini, dictatorships and all run their course in life is driven by greed and power and control.

Maybe the fast action of the combined police and federal agency will change the thought patterns of some. The show of unity and combined efforts of so many was a blessing to watch. We watched here from Canada and our prayers and thoughts were certainly with you and especially the innocent victims.


Now is the time if ever has been where we are called to live in unity. What a waste of time it is to hate and be hated. We have as a human race lowered ourselves to a level below the animals in the wild. We have started wars over oil and political views that mean nothing to the average citizen at great costs in human life. The financial gain has been for what? Just for us to pay more taxes and pay more to the hands of those who supply our needs. Does food grow in the back of the stores, no it is grown by the small farmers and operators. It is grown for us at a small portion of the costs it takes to produce it. Maybe we could start to produce it ourselves rather than support huge industry. We have all the tools we need, soil, sunshine and water. The only component missing is a little hard work on our part.

As man we have become so ever powerful in our opinions. We display our might for the world too see and poke holes in our shirts saying we are powerful. Yes we need to stand and say no to the terrors of the world but then again who is it that gets hurt. Our National debt is skyrocketed to numbers never before seen by man. World economies are crumbling and yet we still feed the war machine. Man has lost sight of one thing and one thing alone and that is the word "Love." We have forgotten the basic principle of life and replaced it with a "Me,Me,Me Society"

No matter where you find yourself today. In your home, standing in a crowd, no matter where take the time to express some love to the person beside you. Take the incentive to simply reach out and say hello. I can well imagine you will find yourself forming a new friendship. It may be just for the moment but so be it, at least you have shown some caring and compassion for your fellow man. Just do it and see what happens.

There are those times in life when we are humbled and we need to embrace them. About the time we are poking holes in our shirts as we tap ourselves in the chest is when a crack of thunder resounds across the land and we are reminded of just how small we really are. Times such as what has taken place in Oklahoma are a reminder of the power we have no control over. It is one of those times when we are humbled and need to come to our senses and realize we are but a mere speck in life.

The choice is ours really, how do we choose to live. Do we continue to poke holes or do we extent a helping hand of love to those who may need some good old fashion love. When we extend a kind word we never really know but it ma just be the difference in another life that may stop the hatred.

I took this picture the other day and found great peace looking over this familiar valley where I spent many hours roaming around in. This river is part of the lifeblood for many. It is wild and free and yet controlled and offers much to others. It is pure, clean and only blessing many downstream, can we not do the same. A river where man can dip his hand and drink freely. Further down river it becomes polluted by man with industry but here is the example of what it could be like. Offer the drink of life to another in love.

May it bless you with some peace and grace you with joy. If I could give you some comfort it would be to tell you that I love you... And above all know that you are loved from above.

Thanks for stopping and resting a little while. It is always good to have everyone gather and share in love...

© Rolly A. Chabot


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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      How did I miss this one Rolly ???Still as I always say "Better late than never !!"

      I find it effortless to relate to your words Rolly and I also find that they inspire me also.

      A wonderful writer whose words say so much about the person behind them.

      I vote up and share all around plus onto my FB page 'A Brand New Dawn'.

      Enjoy your day my friend. Lots of love from my little corner of Wales.


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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi All... sorry I hate all I have been away and busy again with all the yard work, fishing and just doing the retired stuff. Let alone getting the writing in as well. I hate to slip by all your wonderful comments with speaking directly to each of you. But please forgive me just once I thank you and love you all dearly:

      @ billybuc

      @ Deborah Brooks

      @ Jackie Lynnley

      @ carol7777

      @ lrc7815

      @ livingsta

      @ aviannovice

      @ CrisSp

      @ Fossillady

      @ b. Malin

      @ drbj

      @ anniebetty

      Thank you all for your words of wisdom and thoughts on this subject...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      anniebetty 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Hi Rolly! Every Memorial Day weekend in our church, we have a letter-writing campaign to urge our lawmakers in Washington to support poverty legislation. Usually, we have a lay speaker that day who talks about poverty and an organization called Bread for the World. Well. THIS year, our pastor was in church--normally a time of rest and renewal for him. He was there because for many years, every Memorial Day weekend after he's returned to work from a well-deserved break, he has gotten an earful via U.S. Mail or email or phone calls from those in the church who say the Sunday has been devoted to the liberal Democratic agenda. Well let me tell you what. Our pastor preached passionately on Sunday about LOVE. About Matthew 25:40 (which happens to be the church's address!) About caring for the least, the lost, the left behind, and the lonely. He basically told the naysayers to get on the bandwagon or leave the church. That we are about LOVE not politics, and letting children go hungry has nothing to do with love. It was great.

      Thanks so much for this thoughtful and insightful Hub. I enjoyed reading it. Blessings!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Your beautiful river photo is comforting, Rolly, and so is your well-written hub. But universal peace seems to be a s far away as ever as long as most humans (and governments) sad to say, remain selfish and greedy.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Rolly,

      In a "Perfect World" this could be...But in our "Fractured Society" sadly it doesn't exist. However I do see Value as well, it's not all Black or White. It's people, some Good, some Bad. We try to look at both sides whether we are the givers or the takers.

      You've written a thoughtful Hub... It Gives people a reason to stop, and think and reflect, and there is Always good in that.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper.... I really do think part of the issue is we are all so caught up in life in general we fail to see other peoples needs over our own.

      The work all day, long commutes and then having to deal with family dynamics. Everything else falls by the wayside. Such a shame to not attend to the real need of loving or even being loved ourselves...

      Thank you as always for the kind words and yes the love you always extend. It is greatly appreciated.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I applaud your passionate plea to the human race to stop for a moment and embrace the humanity in all of us. We are all one as son's and daughters of the almighty maker. According to Eckhart Tolle we've reached a pivotal time with our technology to be able to destroy our world so it us of the utmost importance for humans to reach a higher level of spirituality. What you wrote here today serves this calling! Thank you for sharing! God Bless, Kathi ♥

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Amen to this and to what aviannovice said--we must do it individually. Change after all should start from ourselves before we could expect others to change as well.

      Sharing the good words.

      Love from the sky~

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Rolly, this is the beginning of how to convince everyone that the way to unity is through accepting each other for the beauty in our hearts. Governments cannot do it collectively, so we must do it individually.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Beautiful one Rolly. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Sending you blessings and hugs!

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Hello Rolly, my new friend in the North Country. Your words resonate within as I often look to nature to soothe and inspire me. Like you, I am bothered by the violence in the world today. My heart breaks each and every time the news reports another senseless act of violence against innocent, unsuspecting human beings. But I am beginning to re-think things a bit. First, let me say that I am a spiritual person but not particularly religious. However, a few days ago I had a marathon session with the recent program aired on the History channel on The Bible. I was struck by the violence as it was portrayed among the Christians, the Jews, the Romans, etc. I was also struck by the hunger for power and the obsession with greed as it was portrayed. And, I began to wonder - what has changed? The answer that came to me was "nothing". And so, I am wondering, - have we not evolved as a society at all? Are we only aware of the violence because of the availability of mainstream media? I am inclined to believe that we need to turn ur televisions off and return to the wilderness where beauty speaks louder than the atural violence that is necessary for balance and harmony. Your writing here cements that idea. Thank you!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As always your words leave a lingering memory and have great value.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Scary world we live in huh? I really felt sorry for that Boston bomber over here we are holding, being so young and never having a mother and her saying more or less she didn't know him so she didn't love him. But then I thought about the ones killed and especially the little boy killed whose sister has had many surgeries now and a missing limb I believe, and I can have no pity. It is hard to love enemies like this and a little disloyal to the victims it seems. I do know you are right and we should love them but it is so hard to understand people who would want people dead for not being them. Such a complicated world we live in, so very dangerous.

      Good to see you writing again. ^

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh my dear rolly.. I so agree with very word you wrote.. we need love .. we need to love each other.. it is so scare with all that is happening.. I pray everyone will wake up and smell the roses.. and realize what we need in life.. love.. the love of our Lord.. .. we are lost souls rolly.. and we are getting even most lost as each soul dies and cries and ever finds that their lives and loves and country are gone forever.. voting up my friend



      God Bless you my friend an many hugs...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful message my friend, and one I gladly subscribe to. Let us hope that more will read the words, internalize them, and find the love of life.

      love and blessings, today and always


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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, Dearest Rolly,

      That is really and truly all this world needs, one simply act . . . to love one another. Love is the answer to all, that true agape love.

      I hear you, and I pray others do as well, and if they have not love in their hearts, I pray on this day that they know love and are then able to love others as we should.

      The message of loving one another has been my message here all along.

      Just this day, I was thinking of this very subject, as I had collaborated on a hub with another gifted hubber from a whole different culture and belief, and we worked in peace, respect and harmony together, and I mentioned that fact in the hub. We are all humans on this little planet here. I can see no reason for hate to consume our brief time we have left on this planet.

      This is a beautiful write, straight from your heart. Please know you are loved too.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      (my sharing buttons are not appearing at the moment, but I will return to share, I promise :)

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper