Monday, December 17, 2012

It's Time to Take it Back

We live in troubled, troubling times. There's violence everywhere we look, and the media revels in sensationalism, exploiting people's grief and making money off it like slimy panderers. Every time I turn on the TV or read the paper, someone else did something that is unforgivable, inexcusable, inexplicable. And I'm tired.

I'm tired of reading just how cruel humans can be to one another. I'm tired of being afraid. I'm tired of knowing that the bad guys continue to win while the good guys suffer in so many ways. I'm absolutely heartsick over the fact that there are twenty children who won't see another Christmas, parents who won't see their children grow up. It's too much. Even one is too much. It's wrong on so many levels. I'm not sure I even know what to say. I'm numb, yet I'm hurting so deeply inside I can't take it.

We have to stop this violence. We have to take back our country from those who wish us harm. We have to make a change.  I'm not talking about gun reform, or mental health reform, or anything political. I'm talking about something much more personal. I'm talking about accountability. We have the power, each of us, to make good decisions. We have the power to make right choices and live by the golden rule. We don't have to be barbarians. We don't have to allow those barbarians to rule us, to manipulate us, to frighten us. We can form neighborhood watches and control what sort of activity goes on in our communities. We can choose to be a presence in our town and stand up for what's right. We don't have to fight violence with violence, as that's just paradoxical and exhausting. We just have to do what's right. Together, let's take back our towns; let's let people know we won't stand for this senseless violence. If we see it or suspect it, we need to act, before it's too late. We need to reach out if we're experiencing it, and maybe, we'll be able to save lives.

I know there are people in this country from many walks of life. We don't all have the same mental capacity, the same ability to reason and think, but we can work toward education and a shift in morals. Take those with no ability to do this by themselves and guide them into correct behavior. We have to take back our towns, our schools, our neighborhoods.

Any violence is too much. And yes, I'm aware I'm being very idealistic and probably not very realistic. But it could be that way. Just think of how it would be, how it could be.  I'm calling on you, on each and every one of you, to start taking back your neighborhoods. Let's band together and make it a point to tolerate no violence, no crimes. Let's use our available resources to run crime right out of our backyards. Send it fleeing for its life. 

I'm afraid for us and what will happen to us if we ignore this call. I'm afraid we're on the brink of total chaos, and it's up to each and every one of us to stop it before we tip over the edge. Please. I'm asking you, all of you. Please help me do what's right. Let's stop this before one more person gets hurt. Please.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Updates, December 2012

Hello, everyone!

It's been a while since I've posted, and I've missed you! Life is so hectic, especially around the holidays, and I've been spending some quality time with my family and doing a bit of writing here and there, although not as much as I need to.

I think my body and brain are telling me to slow down a bit. Usually when I feel like this, it's because I need a mental break to clarify some thoughts on my works in progress. I'll avoid the computer and just concentrate on real life, then Wham! inspiration strikes. It's good, and I think it's my body's way of recharging my creative batteries. Or something.

Anyway, I had a moment or two of inspiration lately and I'm putting fingers to keyboard here and there to get my thoughts down before they run away, and I'm mostly happy with the direction the books are going. There's something eluding me about one of them, and I can't figure out what, but rest assured, I'll get there, and it's a good thing, too, because rumor has it that the book will be out in February! Deadlines? I'm not afraid of little old deadlines! Gulp...

In other news, my son has been excelling as a Boy Scout and I'm so proud of him. My daughter is just as sweet and funny as always, and her musical talents are truly shining through. I think I'm the proud parent of a prodigy or two...

My husband and I have been working diligently on getting various things in order because we have started working toward securing our forever home. That means, however, lots and lots of hard work between now and then but we're both committed to making it work, and when we're on the same page, look out! We're a force to be reckoned with. And I'm very proud of the kids, too, because I recently shared with them most of the details of the sacrifices we'll be making to get into that forever home, and they took it very well, even though it means they'll be foregoing something they both love. But they said very matter-of-factly that it was ok, and started pulling together with us to make this dream happen. So very proud! And I'm proud of us, too, because we've taken a hard look at some of our habits/purchases and made a lot of changes. We'll get there, I just know it.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving, and I very much enjoyed the company of my Dad and Stepmom. They're both recovering from massive surgeries and it was nice to be with them and simply be thankful they've made it through and we're still together. If anyone feels like adding them to their prayer list, I'd be grateful. Dad just went through cancer surgery number 5, and we'd really like it if he can go a full year without the tumors coming back. But he's a fighter, and he's still here, and I'm more grateful than I can even express. I love him so very much, and my Stepmom, too. She's one of the most truly good people I know, someone who constantly thinks of others before herself, someone with a genuine soul and a giving, gentle nature. They're both really terrific people, and I'm so lucky to have them!

The holidays are upon is, and I'm proud to report I'm not nearly as depressed this year as I usually get. I think it's because I've had some epiphanies lately, especially right around my 35th birthday, and I'm truly realizing how short our time is here, and how important it is to make the most of it, to enjoy and honor those in our lives and celebrate what's really important. I thought I knew all that stuff before, but I didn't, not to the extent I do now. I think I've grown up a bit, and I'm a better person for it, or at least I hope I am. And I'm looking forward to the holidays, to seeing family and letting them know how much they mean to me. And although I'm normally very positive and hopeful about the start of a new year, this one is extremely special. I'm so ready to forge on and continue the work we're doing toward our future. Life is good, better than it's been in a while, and I'm happy. Truly, truly happy.

So, that's it, my lovely friends. I hope you have a fantastic holiday season, whatever you celebrate,  and I wish you the absolute best for the coming year. Here's to health, happiness, love and luck, and a bit of fun thrown in for good measure. Stay positive and truly live your life. We only get one, after all, and we absolutely must make the most of it.

Happy Holiday Hugs,
Jess