Thankful in an Imperfect World

November 25, 2010 at 11:08 am | Posted in Life and Living | 3 Comments
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It’s that time of year where we are all summoned to reflect on the good in our lives.  Sometimes it is hard to do this, particularly when there is so much bad in the world.  Some things just shouldn’t be the way they are, but you can’t control everything.

We shouldn’t be in this recession.  Families that have worked all their lives shouldn’t lose everything due to a bad economy.  Families should not feel forced to sell their homes just to live.  The housing market shouldn’t be in such bad shape that people for those who really do want to or need to sell.

Children should not go hungry or suffer serious illness.  Illness and the harsh reality of poverty destroys the innocence of too many young children, not just in “third world” countries, but right here, in our neighborhoods.

Mothers shouldn’t have to ride the subway asking for hand outs proclaiming they don’t drink, they don’t use drugs and they don’t smoke cigarettes. All funds raised will help her feed her children and prepare for job interviews.  The government and charities don’t have the capacity to save them all.

Animals should not be beaten. Nobody should be beaten, but there is no one more innocent than animals.  Animals may not get equal rights to humans, but they do not deserve to be used as punching bags for disturbed humans to vent their frustrations on.  Animals give unconditional love, unless given a reason not to.

No one should feel alone.  Yes, technically we experience life and death alone, but in the in between we should be able to confide in each other.

Nobody should ever have to fight for their rights.  We should all accept our neighbors for who they are, and if we don’t like them, then just leave it alone.  We should have better things to do that to tell other people who to live their lives.

All people should be loved, and experience being in love.  All people should have the chance to find their passion.  All people should be free, and respect others’ freedom.  All people should be able to express themselves.  All people should be able to see the light, even in the dark, because the dark will never go away, and sometimes you have to face it, and sometimes you can just look passed it.  All people should have the capacity to look passed the little things.

But we live in an imperfect world, and nothing is what it should be, so this Thanksgiving I am thankful for one thing in particular.  I am thankful for another day to make it all right.

For the Love of Military Men

November 11, 2010 at 7:51 am | Posted in Life and Living, Relationship Woes | 4 Comments
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Every girl loves a man in uniform. The uniform signifies honor, and most men in uniform are men of honor who’s job it is to protect.  I personally have always found firemen and military men, in particular, attractive (I’m not a fan of cops — the fact that they can fine me cancels out the lure of the hand cuffs).  These men dedicate their lives to saving others, and put themselves at risk without a second thought.

In my life, I have dated two military men before they joined the service (Army and Marine, respectively).  These two men were incredibly sweet and hopeless romantics, yet very serious.  The kind of guys who wouldn’t forget to send flowers on Valentine’s Day and would be sure to spend their last night with you before shipping off to faraway places.  The role they chose fit them well.  Of course, as anyone who has known someone in the military would know, boot camp can make anybody get serious, and I did see an obvious change in their persona after they returned from service.

There’s just something about military men, beyond the uniform, beyond the watchful eye. There is a physical and emotional strength unmatched by any other.  And they have secrets that they are forced to keep to ensure our safety.  I don’t come from an anti-war or pro-war party.  I understand that there is evil in the world — some of which I will never know about — and knowing that there are people who fight against this evil without complaint helps me sleep at night.

Another thing about military men. Maybe it’s that they have a real vision of how short and precious life is, but it seems like they always want to settle down at a young age.  I’ve basically lost touch with these two, but last I knew, they were both I married.  I hope they are.  I have nothing but fond memories of them and wish them a lifetime of happiness.

On this Veteran’s Day, I’d like to thank the men and women who are and have served for the United States of America.  You are a special group of people who without, we could not enjoy or take advantage of the great freedom that this country was founded on.  I thank those I’ve known personally for sharing their lives with me while sparing me the details of what it takes to be a hero.

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