Time to be Responsible…

We live in a world of disposable, well, everything.  If it’s gross, disgusting, unpleasant, bothersome, infringing on our happiness, irritating, or even angering, it can be easily thrown out and replaced instead of working on the issue to mend it.  After all, isn’t easier to start over than it is to repair something broken?  I mean, with the fresh and the new there is a new start, a beginning that has the promise of wonderful things to come, a way to become something that isn’t constricted by the old.  For some things, the new truly is better.  Toilet paper, for example, has had its usefulness spent after a one time use and should be disposed of else the members of the family will be sick.  Most of the time wrapping paper is the same way.  Ruined after one use and beyond repair to use again.  Some things in life should just remain disposable.  However, I think in turning into a disposable society, we have forgotten the value of what is old, tried and true, cherished and loved.

I have held the locket that belonged to my great great grandmother.  Within that locket are pictures dear and treasured.  Once she was gone, I suppose that someone could have thrown it away, gotten rid of it and the memories it symbolized, but I am so glad they didn’t.  It’s my link to her from somewhere in the past.  It’s a clue as to who she is and what was important to her in her life.

But it’s not just the stuff that we seem to think is disposable.  If a relationship doesn’t work, we throw it out.  This is seen in the divorce rate in our society alone.  My thoughts are something completely different.  Call it old fashioned, call it backwater hicksville thinking if you will, but it’s tried and true, and it works.  If it’s broke, fix it.  Spend time working on it until it’s better.  Yes, I do understand that there are sometimes when it is safest for all involved to walk away, but that’s not every time.  In fact, the odds are that the people who are calling it quits are already looking for the new, polished, and shiny relationship because they don’t want to work on what’s broken with the relationship they have.  Well, nothing that is worth keeping happens without work.  A great garden will grow only when it is tended to.  A great relationship will only flourish with the same attention.

I believe that this same attitude is permeating our society.  Nothing is worth keeping any more.  Everything is subject to discard.  I think that this is part of the greater issues that are hurting our American culture.  What do you think?

When Life Gets in the Way

This is what I get for working my “week on” “week off” pattern.  I think life either got in my way or got away from me.  Either way, I happened to think about my blog over Thanksgiving and realized that I hadn’t posted to it in months.  So much has happened since I last posted on here!  I don’t even have time for the cliff notes version.  As I start to post again I am sure it will come out.  Until then, I’ll just have to fill in the details as I go.  The biggest lifestyle change I decided to make was to start Nutrisystem.  The exercise was doing it’s job but I still couldn’t seem to eat right on my week on.  That was where it was the hardest.  So, I decided that something like Nutrisystem where it was all prepackaged and ready to go for me when I got to work would be the best.  At my heaviest, I (rather shamefully) weighed in at 227.  With just working out and trying to cut out some of the nasties in my diet I plateaued at 200.  It took me months to get that far and I was so frustrated.  I started NS in the middle of October.  I am happily already at 189 a little over a month later.  I am still trying to make my goal of going to the gym five times a week and walking three miles each time I am there.  That’s where I want to get to and I know I can stay determined enough to do it.  It’s just a matter of balancing my life when I am working that really sets me off.  The only other huge news I will post over at the Schellenbach Aviary about Wynter.  We believe she is our new PDD case in the flock.  Interesting information related to PDD with the possible diagnosis, however. 

So, stay tuned here, (hopefully!) for more blog posts on my favorite place to hang out- Shedd Aquarium, possible politics and frustrations with our current liberal direction, and my successful weight loss journey, as well as the ever present theological and other musings that cross my mind. 

Life or Something Like It

I won’t lie.  I am horrible at keeping blogs, especially when they are about me.  But, since I am keeping a blog about my beloved birds, I thought I might give this another shot.  Although, instead of long introductions and long boring posts about who I am, I’d rather just allow the posts to speak for themselves.  The reader will decide who I am based on what they read, for better or for worse.  Like a river, I don’t know where this will begin or end, but I know the journey will be an interesting one, as it usually is.