Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Heavy Hitting 8/26/09

Never bear more than one trouble at a time.

Edward Everett Hale
Hurry and get your note book ready because September is coming and that means all....

I sometimes mention my poor eyesight. Do I have trouble seeing distance or up close? Both. I have bifocals but there is virtually no difference between how I see whether they are on my nose or not. So why do I bother to wear them? Habit.

I think one of the worst things that can happen to any creature is to be stuck; in a trap, in an airplane, in a hateful job, in a destructive relationship. I believe in freedom, but freedom has it's edges. I don't want to be free to hate anyone, or to destroy anything good. For the past week I was stuck in a cave of forced inactivity simply because I was in trouble and didn't know what to do about it. Wrong steps could have taken me deeper into the cave. I was desperate and confused. I wouldn't want to wish that on my worst enemy. I don't know who my worst enemy is, but what I wish on him or her is the severe, painful punishment of enlightenment and freedom from the trap of wrong doing. Seriously. Read this:

"My people are brave and respected, even in the eyes of our enemy, because we as elders have taught them to be proud and to respect everyone and everything around them." Waanatan, 1865, Chief of the Dakota Nation.

Some people I know were scornful and insulting about the distress I was in the past week. It's hard to be respectful of those who scorn and belittle your pain, especially when you remember how you were there for them when their feet were in the stocks. If I had the money I would invite the lawyer who's suing me to lunch and during it I would give him, as respectfully and as gentlemanly as possible, an ethical lesson. And, who knows, if he enjoyed the lunch he might take the lesson to heart. And maybe he could give me a lesson in law.

I think one of the biggest mistakes this country made was to decide to set up NASA in Florida where the weather is volatile. I pity the astronauts who struggle into those bulbous space suits looking like orange Pillsbury dough boys and squirming into the small spacecraft to a cramped, uncomfortable position and then to lie there for three to four hours only to be told to come out again because there's a rain storm somewhere near and they won't be flying. But to dismantle the whole operation and move it to southern California would cost more money than the country has (if it still has any). So we're stuck with having our universe shattering, history making. world discovering space exploration dependant upon the local weather.

I pity the poor airline passengers who are forced to sit on the tarmac for 8 to 10 hours not knowing why or how long they're there. That's an inhuman way to treat people and yet it keeps happening. The muddy minded people who are responsible for doing that to passengers, for whatever legal, technical or administrative reasons they may have, should be re-educated or replaced. There must be provisions at every major airport for getting passengers off an aircraft after an hour of waiting if it isn't about to take off. I don't care how costly and inconvenient it is, these are people I'm talking about, not sacks of mail, fellow human beings. There is no excuse for treating people that way. Even the astronauts are let off the shuttle if it isn't going to fly.

To be stuck in some awful situation without being able to see your way out of it is a nightmare. You might as well be buried alive. I know what I'm saying.

DB - Vagabond Journeys
Throw some happiness around.
PS: Miss Alaina and pacifica62 please see the comment section of my previous entry. Thank you.


Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

It can be daunting when there is no clear exit strategy, sucking all the breath out of you. Glad you are clawing your way back.

Judith Ellis said...

DB - We are most happy that things are turning around for you. The most important thing is to know, even in such situations, that "all things work together for the good to those who love the Lord who are the called according to his purpose."

It is not that all bad things work together for our good; it is rather our perspective that He who is able to do "exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever ask or think" IS able. This is the hope that enables us to keep going. Love to you, dear sir.

Keep the faith and proper perspective as it relates to yourself and others, even those who are less kind to your situation when you have been there for them. Negative space sucks. So, remain positive. We are all at different stages. Hopefully, we will all get increasingly better, increasingly more loving.

May God continue to bless you.

Beth said...

Glad to see you writing again, D. I remain hopeful, and I think you are seeing glimmers of hope, too. :)

Cape Canaveral is less than an hour south of where we have our timeshare. The lady who sold it to us said that spot was chosen because for whatever reason, it rarely experiences hurricanes. (Currents? Air patterns? I have no idea.) Indeed, we've seen very little hurricane damage in that area over the years. They still get the rainstorms, but they clear out quickly. Of course, it's enough to scrub a launch.

Love, Beth

Linda S. Socha said...

I am reading this one with a bit of a smile and glad that you are coming back to level ground.

I love your writing DB. I respect what you say and how you say it.


Trees said...

Hi DB, I have not been around the blogs lately, so much going on here at home. So vey sorry to hear you are having some very serious difficulties. How a lawyer can sue someone who has no viable means of paying is beyond me. I plan to visit all the posts you have done and catch up fromw here I left off.

What comes through to me, time and again as I read your entries, is that no matter what life throws you you always have a way of getting through, I would suspect that comes from the insurmountable intestinal fortitude that you so richly have. From some of the postings I have read, things seem to be slowly turning for better.

God bless you my friend, you are indeed one of my favorite people in blog land and I hope that some good fortunes shine your way soon and make life a little easier for you.

Again,thank you for just being you and bringing to print the vast amount of knoweldge you impart to us each day. Also for the lovely stories you tell.