Man I don’t care

9 12 2009

Sign sign everywhere a sign, blocking out the scenery breaking my mind, do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

I started to really notice the signs when I came home from vacation.  I am not sure what the signs are of or for but they are there.  I fear they are a sign that our mentality as a nation is in the gutter and needs a revival.

How did I notice this you ask.  Well it starts with a week of relaxation and forgetting the world you just left.  A week of sun, water, beaches so clean and soft you lay on them without thought and contemplate life or what to have for dinner.  No newspapers, no news, no cares in the world.  My link to the “real” world was a phone that didn’t get used much except to call Sydney each night or try to track down the elusive island nut(Tru) with no luck this trip, although I did manage to find a related island treat(Coco), and to viciously send pictures of paradise to my Facebook page(sorry that was uncalled for, Jesus forgives do you?).  So my mind was clear, no trivial issues or worldly topics in my aura(fun word to say, try to use it in a sentence today).  Low and behold I open my charter home page and see…gasp…Oprah to quit show…Kim Kardasian’s diet secrets…or lately…Tiger cheats…or someones nude video scandal(is it really a scandal when all the celebs are doing it, apologizing and then raking in the dough and publicity?).  Man I Don’t Care!!!!  Where were the headlines about world peace, or a cure for cancer, or donations to curb hunger, or the latest scientific break through?

Sign says relax man, God laid out a blanket of sand

Now, hey you Mister! can’t you read, you got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat, you can’t even watch, no you can’t eat, you ain’t suppose to be here, sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside

Why the headlines and stories like the afore mentioned?  Why poke at people and their digressions?  Tiger has a membership card and he was inside, look where that got him, I am not condoning him or his actions just making an example.  Pastor Mark(Good Shepherd, Saginaw, MI) mentioned in his sermon this week that perhaps we are like candles.  We blow out others so that our appears to burn brighter.  Interesting with what is going on in the world, if someone else looks bad, maybe I look better.  Thanks Tiger.

And the sign said everybody welcome, come in, kneel down and pray, but when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn’t have a penny to pay, so I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign, I said thank you Lord for thinking about me, I’m alive and doing fine

Kitten's sign and reply

Do we see the signs around us?  We probably don’t recognize most of them.  In Today’s world the open sign is blasting bright in our houses of worship.  Does the economy drive up participation? Drive down donations?  Why do hard times drive us home, back to our roots, why don’t we just stay?  I gave up trying to keep up with the Jones, it just wasnt worth it.

Back to the week away from the world.  Jenny got her own sign on the beach.  We were swimming on a small private beach(Salomon Beach) when a storm dumped rain all over us, beautiful the way the colors changed so we swam in the rain.  The rain also erased all the prints on the beach making a beautiful canvas for Kitten’s sign.

The words I borrowed today were actually a song and a popular one.  Hard to believe in todays pop music as it talks about God, worshiping and right and wrong.  The song was called Signs and was a hit by a Canadian band called the Five Man Electric Band.  see below




2 responses

9 12 2009
Cousin Moreen

Once again my cousin, you bring the tears.
Our society is indeed conditioned to look for all the bad news we can find and dwell indefinately on it. A sad commentary on who we are as a people. And then we go out in public and have to joke and make idle , meaningless conversation around others misfortune. Do we build ourselves up by putting others down? OH yes.

Shouldn’t we all bow our heads and pray for these targets of our gossip? Lord, help them. Help them move toward you instead of away from you. Help them learn the freedom’s and joys of living in your path. Help them to regain thier sense of self in you.

And ahhhhh….the media….POUNDS the bad into us.

I have had a couple of times in my life that I have given up TV altogether. I can report that although I couldn’t converse with some about current events….I was a much happier person not knowing all the gossip. I learned that the gossip brings me down. I learned that I could live without knowing what Brad and Angie did yesterday. I learned to look at things that matter in life, like having a real conversation and learning something new about a person you have known for years. Like just sitting and taking in the world around us….and yes….like the signs.

Today I am going to pay attention to the signs. I’ll bet I will learn something good.

Thanks cousin.

16 12 2009
Dale Lieffers

Great minds must run together. I had some of the same thoughts after getting back from a week of deer hunting in MN. Tiger had one affair when I left and a dozen when I got back. How does all of this play on me? Being in the woods alone in over 15′ of snow with the temp at 20 below gives a guy a chance to think.
Congratulations! Has a date been set? Life is better with a companion.
Getting out the Snowmobile today.
Happy Hollidays

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