反思 Reflecting

8 Apr
How does one go about making a definite change in their lives? How can they be conscious of what they need to do after they have learned something new that could potentially send them down another path?

I look out the window and wonder.
What a romantic picture this is. A person staring out their window, contemplating their problems and how they might fix them. I am not trying to be romantic or picturesque, its just actually what I’m doing and after I wrote the sentence above I realized how cheesy it sounded. So I just wanted to let you know that I wasn’t trying to do that.

Let me ask you a question.
What do you take for granted?
Your family, your friends, your clothes, your shoes, your computer, your desk, phone, socks, underwear. The politics that tries so hard to hold your country together? Do you take that for granted?
The extra money you were able to stuff in your purse just in case you might want something to eat later? What about roads, cars that actually run, food on the table, running water?
Have you ever just mindlessly thrown out some left over food because you didn’t want it anymore? Have you ever left the T.V. on because you were going to be back in a few minutes? What about the lights, you leave those on all the time without even thinking about it?
I’ll bet you do.

I do sometimes, don’t worry I’m just as guilty as you. And its unbalanced because of our mindset. We think we are entitled, we think its our right to do this. Because its ours for the taking we just take and give nothing in return.
A friend once told me that if she were to go to grad school and get her masters in psychology than she would still only be able to earn $60,000 a year.
Ahem. ONLY?!
Only in the United States, and Canada, and Europe for that matter, has the $60,000 become a little amount. I’m sure there are some other countries, but in most other countries that is a number to gawk at. Only because we have labeled personal, financial success as the highest priority can we then say that “We would only be making $60,000 a year.”

Here we laugh at sitcoms that make fun of office life and how low people have become if they’re driving a beat-up car. We’re making fun of ourselves. But in another third-world country, they laugh at what is funny, and guess what they don’t have to turn on the T.V. to do it.
It comes naturally.
Despite what you may think while reading this; my aim at writing this is not to make you feel guilty. Although it may have, but it is to inspire a willingness to make a change in your life as I have felt a spark to change in mine.
Am I bitter towards the country I grew up in? Yes. I am. But I’m not going to sit back and simply say that’s the way the cookie crumbles. I would like to think I’m a human being of some intellectual capacity, so therefore I’m going to try to make a change. How?
I’m going to start by creating awareness and learning more about the world. I’m going to pray for us, because we need it. I think that’s where I’ll start and then, maybe a brain wave will come, and God will open doors and then the next thing you’ll know I’ll be on to something else.

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