I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, and it won’t be the last time I say it. I don’t want and won’t make this a podcast about politics, but the events that are happening in the nation’s capitol today, January 6, 2021 cannot be ignored. Our nation is in a lot of pain and I’m afraid it’s going to get worse if we as individuals don’t start to do something about it. What is the Great Divide that I refer to? It’s not race, class, gender or ethnicity, The Great Divide in this country is politics.
So I come home the other day and my beautiful one year old daughter has on a shirt that says, “Happy is my Favorite Color”. Now, obviously at one year old, she doesn’t know what happy is, what a color is, or that happy is not a color… In a world now when everyone is making up their own rules and nothing really makes sense anyway, I’m rolling with it and saying that Happy is my favorite color too! Like a child, I think we as adults need to look at all the little things that bring us moments of joy and not focus so much upon the bad things that bring us down.
My thing is and always has been liberty, for others it’s health, for some it’s money or career. What’s your thing? It’s not hard for me to understand how someone can have great concern for their health, but to surrender liberty in the name of health is a concept I cannot get my mind around. I dive in to this and a lot more in this week’s episode.
Welcome back my friends for another episode of the Derate The Hate podcast! In this week’s episode I talk about choices and forks in the road. This topic being what it is brought to mind a poem and a song that mean a lot to me. “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and “Choices” by George Jones are a couple fantastic get you thinking masterpieces.
Family is undoubtedly one of the things in this life that I am most grateful for. It seems like too often these days that holidays are the only real time families get together, and that is a bit sad. It brings to mind the idea that some only express thanks and gratitude on the holiday of Thanksgiving. The reality of it is we should be expressing our gratitude for all our blessings each and every day.
With everything we are currently experiencing as a country and as a society these days, it has never been more important to be a good person and to be good to those around you. When did it become acceptable to attempt to demonize and destroy those with whom we disagree? I know, this is a rhetorical question, as I don’t in any way find it acceptable, but from what I’ve been seeing in recent years, there are obviously those who do. From people being shouted at and spit upon in a restaurant when trying to have dinner with their family, to sitting US Senators making up the most vile and heinous accusations against Supreme Court Justice nominees, we have seen the most disgusting discourse among people of differing viewpoints that one could possibly imagine, and this behavior must stop!
What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? What makes you happy? One thing that makes me happy is getting away from it all and doing some hunting in the woods. In the current turbulent times in which we live, we must look within ourselves and do those things that make us happy, because ultimately, life is about being happy and even in these tough times, a life not happy is a wasted life. What makes you happy? DO what makes you happy!
There is no doubt, this is one of the most polarized elections in some of the most polarized times in American history. The people of opposing ideologies are maybe as divided as any time in our history, and while this podcast tries to steer clear of politics, it has to do with this week’s episode. This is not because I’m going to get in to political specifics, but because of the way people are treating each other because of their political differences.
As I lay out in this episode, one of the biggest personal battles I am constantly fighting is reliving the past and wondering if I could have done things different. I think this is something, or a struggle that a lot of people face on a day to day basis. I am a member of several groups online and I see constant posts where people struggle with this. I see people constantly asking the question, “how do I get past X topic from my past so I can have a positive future?”. There is no doubt that this is a serious battle for a lot of people, but one of my greatest tools is the serenity prayer.
This week I want to ask you this, What if people loved on another for their similarities as quickly as some seem to hate for their trivial differences? We are faced these days with a constant barrage of negativity from politicians, the main stream media and the dumpsterfire known as social media. I will be the first to tell you, I don’t in any way believe things are as bad as those outlets of lies and misinformation would have you believe, but there are those out there that do genuinely hate others for the most trivial of differences. Unfortunately, those are the few that get the most attention for said outlets of information.