From Bad to Worse 2020
This Time Of Year Can Be Especially Difficult For Some People
I am a grateful native of Colorado. I truly enjoy being able to fully experience each of the four seasons to their fullest. And of the four seasons, Autumn is my favorite. No more long, hot, summer days. Then there is the magnificent beauty of seeing the leaves turn color and crunching through them when walking through my yard or on one of the many walking trails available both in the city and in the mountains. Then there is the opportunity to dress in layers of colorful warm clothing. The only thing missing in my house is a fireplace.
With the advent of Autumn, I look forward to getting off of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and returning to Mountain Standard Time (MST). That is because my fondest childhood memories took place in MST, not DST.
Of course, not all of my childhood memories are filled with awe and wonder, but the ones that are, are the ones I choose to remember and treasure. They help me to get through these trying times that we are living in today. So it is no wonder my eyes swell with tears when I recall the joys of my childhood. For they are tears of joy and sorrow. Joyful that I got to experience such times and sorrowful they are long gone. Joyful that I can bring them to mind and be filled with gratitude for the blessing of being able to have such memories and sorrowful that I failed to appreciate them at the time, as much as I do today. But then, that is our nature, is it not? We bemoan the troubles of life as we experience them and fail to be grateful for the many blessings we experience on a daily basis, even during such troubling times.
We take so many things for granted.
Look at us today. Our collective mindset is that 2020 is the year from hell. All we can seem to focus on is our problems. Not only that, we are unwilling to take any responsibility for the mess we are in. Instead, we blame our problems on the actions and inactions of others, both past and present.
Do you know why? Because it is easy and simple to do. Bottom line? The more time we spend focusing on the actions of other people, the less time we have to spend looking at ourselves and our own bad behavior. Additionally, we compare ourselves to others and think, "At least I'm not as bad as those other people." But is that a true and accurate statement? Or is it simply a way to rationalize our failure to do what we know we should be doing, and minimizing the effect our misbehavior has upon our life and the lives of those around us?
Instead of seeking out positive actions that we can take to improve our situation - both individually and collectively - we hunker down and dwell on all the negative aspects of our circumstances. And what is the result? Our outlook gets worse instead of better. We lose hope.
I cannot believe that the majority of people living in the United States are willing to let things go from bad to worse. I cannot buy into the idea that the majority of people see themselves as completely helpless and utterly hopeless.
Human nature is not inclined to simply allow itself to decline into a complete state of apathy and sloth.
Have Americans truly bought into the lie that there is nothing they can do to better themselves? Are you really ready to give up and throw in the towel in favor of a dystopian future ruled by a Socialist Dictator?
Do you hate yourselves and God so much that you are willing to give away your birthright to freedom and live in utter spiritual, emotional, and physical depravity?
If you think times are hard now, keep trudging down the current road to ruin and you will experience such darkness that you will wish you were dead. But even death will turn its back on you.
- From Bad to Worse (30 OCT 2018)