by Arleen M. Kaptur
There are so many issues in
today's world that every person must choose a thousand times over what
side they are on, who they prefer, what they want to eat, and where they
will spend a week-end, to name just a few choices.
Sometimes we yearn for
someone to tell us what to do and where to go, but in our hearts we know
that we do relish the freedom, even though at times it does become
oppressive. Even at a very early age, decision making is instilled in our
children - what video do you want to watch, ketchup or mustard, blue
or red, etc. There is an endless array of re- arranging and reshaping
almost every aspect of life so that it "fits" just perfectly into
our scheme of things.
If everyone in the here and now are barraged with
choices then why does everyone sit quietly by and let transgressions, errors,
and omissions occur when they do have an input and they are part of the
solution? Is it because at an early age parents taught the young "not to
rock the boat" or "make waves." Could be - but this passiveness does not
create solutions nor does it allow corrective change to take place. So
what is the right road -
In every history book in school, it seems
that countries, nations, and individuals have made mistakes, and we, the
future generations, are suppose to learn from their mistakes. That is the
legacy they left behind - a learning experience of what not to do, when not
to wait, and where to put that period or question mark. Yet, as adults, as
parents, as educators, and as "people", we hem, haw, and stagger. We don't
let our ideals out just in case they may not agree with that of our neighbor,
or worse yet, a bit of who we are may peek out. You certainly wouldn't
want to invite a lawsuit by encroaching on someone else's feelings or
beliefs; yet, in essence, your silence is doing just that. You
are encroaching on your own freedom, your own opinion, and your own
special gift to make a difference.
Whether you believe the government is
making a wrong decision, your bank made an error on your checking account
statement, or your school is not teaching your child the survival skills
they need as an aspiring adult, by not saying anything you actually speak
volumes. Your silence makes it known that the status quo is fine with you,
and that you have no qualms about future decision by an administration, an
agency, or a company. You are served a bad meal, a product you paid for
is inferior, or your state is punishing victims instead of criminals - the
list is endless.
If you are not one to speak openly - the pen is many
times mightier then the sword; if you are shy, letting others use their
rights to infringe on yours is paving the way for others to hide and run
away from situations, and worse yet, future generations will read about "no
comment" and take it to heart as more individuals and countries lose
their basic human rights and so may some of your future relatives.
your own sake - raise your hand, speak up, and throw that stone in and cause
that ripple - it just may save countless others from
unspeakable atrocities and might bring equality and good will a step
closer to reality. What is the worse that can happen - others may hear you
and, because of you, find the courage to take life and make it better
for everyone. Now that is most definitely a loss we all can live
Live Your Life to the Fullest
Do you sometimes feel that you're living a boring life? You just can't seem to find anything exciting.
Change your life for the better!
If you are tired of hoping and endlessly waiting for something positive to happen or someone to come to your rescue, make a deliberate decision today to take charge of your own life and begin to lead a fulfilled and productive life.
Happiness: the Ultimate Egoism?
Isnít everybody ultimately striving for happiness? And
doesnít happiness have as many faces as there are people in the world? Isnít
happiness tailored to what we expect from life?
A Lesson in Letting Go and Prosperity
I hear from people all the time, it usually always
stems from not having enough money. Well, guess what. You can do many things
without money that has to do with money. Don't believe me? I have more
success stories up my sleeve than you have time.