The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being

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The month of September is all but a memory now for us as we prepare to flip the calendar page over to welcome in October.  The weekend is finally behind us now and I look forward to starting a new week. I am glad to see the Titans (3-1) won against the Jets on Sunday. Our victory was overshadowed by Jack Locker’s hip injury in the 3rd quarter but I anticipate hearing positive news back from the Titans camp on his condition this week and I am positive I will see him again on the gridiron next weekend when the Titans play against Chiefs.

Our countdown to our nation’s government shutdown continues on in Washington.  I personally feel the children we elect to represent us need to learn how to act properly on the playground and we need to instill the rules of good sportsmanship in which they understand you cannot win every game you play. There are winners and there are losers. In addition, they need to learn how to compromise on situations when forced into a corner. I feel we have gotten to the point of US versus THEM in Washington instead of being united together as one. The two-party system evidentially is not working accordingly as planned by our Founding Fathers when all we have now is gridlock. The doom and gloom predictions of the media are noteworthy, but I seriously do not think the lobbyist will let the children stop the game they are playing with the economy. We have kicked this can down the road before and I think they will kick it along a little further on down the line.

I took a couple of days off to spend time with some of my family who are “geographically challenged to the grid”, meaning very poor or no internet access and ‘dropping’ cell phone signals. They live in very remote area of rural Kentucky. Off the beaten trail would best describe the area in a world where time seemed to have stopped back two scores ago. The old well-worn adage, “You never miss what you got until it is gone” held true as I was reduced to off-the-antenna television, no Facebooking, no e-mails or instant messaging, and no texting.

My peaceful sabbatical away from my electronic gadgets made me be thankful for how great the simple life is be appreciated.  I realized even though I thought I was taking the time to closely examine all within my environment, I was not practicing what I have saying to you. I had been hurrying life along at my pace, and there is actually more to life when I stop time at a snail’s pace to look and listen at all which is before me. It was a good life lesson for me to learn.

The experience was very reminiscent of my youth growing up in the country. The world still revolves at the same rotation, but the time seemed to pass at a much slower pace. I can recall having only four television channels off the antenna to choose from for viewing my cartoons. A postman would deliver our mail only one time a day, six days a week if no holiday was scheduled. We had party-lines on our telephone which determined if personal phone calls would be made if our neighbors were not on the line.  Sunday was a day worth more than the almighty dollar everyone chases today. The Blue Laws of the day prohibited business activity and most if not all stores were closed. My family used Sunday as a day of worship and fellowship with our other relatives we visited or a big Sunday dinner which my grandmother would prepare for everyone after church.

Yes, those were the simpler times of my youth where I depended heavily upon my imagination to keep me entertained for the day. I spent my time reading books, playing in the hay barn, going down to creek in the summer, and of course the minor ‘chores’ assigned to a young lad on a farm.  I personally feel it would be a good experience for our ‘digital youth’ or anyone wanting to slow things down for a change, to forgo their electronic gadgets for a few days to fully appreciate all which surrounds them. There is no need to feel connected to everyone through fiber optic lines or radio signals twenty-four hours a day like a junkie. If you do feel the need to be connected, I would suggest a big bear hug from the person of your choice.

Well folks, this is a wrap for the blog today. I hope everyone has a great Monday!!!

Go Team David!

Stay positive until tomorrow…

“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.”
~ Lee Iacocca

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3 thoughts on “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being

  1. Lorraine

    David, I always enjoy reading your thoughts! You’ve made me think, pause, and reflect so many times. I too recently took some time “off the grid”, and it was a welcome break. What kind of person would I be now, without a childhood exploring the woods of the neighborhood? Certainly different, perhaps not worse, but I think poorer in imagination. If every moment of your life is structured by electronics, how do you imagine? How do you dream?

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  2. Nancy Fleming

    Being “unplugged” on a regular basis is sooooo healthy for the mind, body and soul! There is truth to the saying…less is more. Keep the blogs coming.

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