You can make the difference…

“As I got to know the people of the civil rights movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote; I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom; I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but was instead given a bullet; I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty,” said Common, who portrayed Martin Luther King’s advisor, James Bevel. “Selma has awakened my humanity. … Now is our time to change the world. Selma is now.”

The quote above was from the Golden Globes last night from one of my favorite hip-hop artists Common. We live is a culture riddled by senseless violence in the name of justice or injustice I guess you could say. We live in a society that seems to have move backward, a society that is now seeing violence as the answer. I’m not saying that this is true everywhere, but the tools of power, violence, and fear are running rampant in our world. If you look at the thought changers and world changers of the 20th century, they did things differently. Mother Teresa, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. , changed lives and countries using words and love and peace.

The series we are in right now at our church has been starting with the same question each week: “What is the WISE thing to do?” Now there is no blanket answer for everyone, I am in no way saying that there is, but when we actually think about our situations and think before we react, we are more likely to do the wise thing. When you look back at your past, when you look at what got you to where you are today, when you look at where you want to be in the future, what got you here, what do you need to change to get where you want to be.

If you want to stop being a statistic, make a change from the norm. If you want to clean up the litter in your neighborhood, don’t just complain on Facebook, go pick it up. Our nation is built on the backs of changers. Do something today, tomorrow, and everyday to make your life better. If that is picking up the trash in your neighbors yard, paying for the next person in the drive thru line, if it is not getting on Facebook, do whatever it is that needs to be done to change your attitude. Start with yourself, maybe it’s your thinking that is jacked up. Step up today as a leader and make the changes that this world needs.

Oh, the things we do to our kids

The Wordslinger

As the wife and I (but mainly the wife) reach halftime of pregnancy #3, I thought an update might be in order.  20 weeks down, 20 more to go.  Based on results from the first two matchups, I don’t expect this to go to overtime.  There’s no doubt that Mommy showed up ready to play, but as the half wore on, she seemed to tire and even had to fight off a few bouts of nausea.  The plan is to hydrate feverishly here at halftime and throughout the second half in an attempt to negate the effects of the impending summer heat.  It’ll be a grueling final 20 weeks, requiring stamina and endurance that I (a two-time marathoner) simply do not have.  But my wife is strong.  She’s been here before.  So buckle up for an exciting second half!

(This extremely long basketball metaphor, which ran its course at least…

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Whats up with that? (Not a normal post…I promise)

Right now we are on vacation in Myrtle Beach.  On the way down we had been talking about the new law in Arizona.  Now here we are seeing political commercials dealing with immigrants.  Yes it is all about illegal immigrants, but still it seems that we have states legalizing racial profiling.  Who do you think is going to be the newest ones getting pulled over?  Many Latino families are going to be victims of this.

As part of a Latino Family I worry about things like this.  Is my daughter going to be looked down on later in life?  As more places look at this, am I going to take chances on getting pulled over?  I work construction sites many times, not to be sterotypical, but where else are authorities going to check?

Like I said in the title this is not my typical post.  I’m not a political person, I stay out of politics as much as possible.  But this is one thing that I just can’t be quite on.  While I don’t think it is okay for illegal immigrants to be here illegally, I don’t feel we should just rip them from their children.  Lets tighten the borders before we have a bunch of militia vigilantes taking matters into their own hands.  Make it easier for workers to come and support their families without getting taken advantage of.  I have worked with people from Canada, but no one says anything about immigrants from Canada.  From what I understand, if you are here working from Canada, you pay NO Federal taxes.  How is this different from what everyone says about Mexican immigrants?

I may make some people mad with this post but I don’t care.  This is what this blog is about;  Random Ramblings.

Good Night all, I’m going back out to the beach.