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Thinking About You – 10/22/14

Elizabeth Dougherty

 

For the last two nights, I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night for about an hour. I’m not sure why. I do have a lot on my mind and it’s very quiet this time of the morning, so I can think.

Before my current commitments, which are great right now, I used to write often. Lately, it seems, the writing I do is void of emotion. By design, it’s meant to be factual and more about critical thinking. I’m “growing as a person”. Lucky me.

A couple of years down the road, I’ll be helping to shape policy in some important area of our daily lives. I’ll be continuing our radio show, which now seems to be in a groove again. It’s like our child and it’s a rebellious teen right now. Not a bad place to be.

I came back home to Orlando after some major events in my life to be closer to friends and loved ones. Ironically, we now seem farther apart. I’m not sure if it’s because of what we do (radio) or how busy I am. Maybe the perception is that I’ve changed in some way. I haven’t. I’m still the same fun loving, humorous person I’ve always been. Maybe you’ve changed, not me. I’ll keep my idealistic view of the world that still believes we can all make a difference, thank you.

Occasionally I do question where we are going, but I’m not a person who believes I pull all the strings and make all the decisions. Everything is as it should be right now. With that acknowledgment comes a confidence and a sense of calm.

The other day I was thinking I wish I could give that gift to you. It’s a great feeling to know you are doing what was intended for you to do in life. I’ve only felt it during one other space in time, and now once again. When you know you are doing the right things, every day feels like Christmas. It’s the best way I can describe it.

Sure, every once in a while I want to quit and take my toys and go home. My second grade teacher told me I have gifts and it would be selfish not to share them with others. It would be easy for me to do nothing all day and go to the spa, but I think I would go bat crazy if I did that.

It would also be unfair of me not to try to empower you in the same way I feel empowered; to question authority and demand answers.

My gift to you today is to tell you that you can make a difference. Tell your neighbor and your loved ones they can make a difference too. This is our country and YES, WE DID BUILD THAT.

Don’t let the miscreants win. Vote. Get rid of the career politicians. Take what is yours and don’t allow the socialists to act like they are doing you a favor for accepting the benefits of what you have built.

It’s your country. It’s your reality.  Don’t let anyone choose your future for you.

Most of all, ask that person that seems to be languishing through life how you can help. Sometimes just knowing someone cares can make all the difference. Life is hard enough. Have some compassion and empathy for others. It feels ridiculous having to write those words, but what I’m seeing every day in society has me worried. It’s not about giving to charity. It’s about just being a nice person. If we all did that, we wouldn’t need charities to make us feel better about ourselves.

If someone disappoints you, suck it up. It’s not all about you. Maybe they have problems at home or at work. Maybe they are unwell or caring for a loved one who is unwell.

In short, before we help the rest of the world, we need to fix our own problems and clean house. America is great. America is blessed. Don’t allow the money-changers in the temple corrupt our beautiful land we’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

Be who you are. Be an American.

 

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