We need to stop destroying our planet and resources to meet short-term wants. News anchors, influencers, and celebrities can set an example by wearing the same clothes repeatedly. A small wardrobe is a sign of self-control and resolve that future generations have birdsongs to enjoy and forests to hike.
When Tim and I married, we shared many of the same values, but our interests were mostly far apart except for our children's well-being. It didn't matter until we retired. At first, we pursued our interests apart but slowly realized that the go-go phase would give way to slow-go, then no-go, where we'd spend most of our time together. With this in mind, we started paying attention to new adventures we could enjoy together.
When I read that Senator Manchin was backing out of the Build Back Better bill, my anger shot up faster than a rocket blasts into space. Tim reminds me that progress advances in fits and spurts. That in time, Americans will come together and invest in our children. Here is the thing, I don't want to be patient.
I want to think others do not influence me, but I know better. Jesus may have resisted the influence of others, but most mortals kowtow to the will of the masses. Jim Rohn, the author of The Art of Exceptional Living, declared that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. This idea, referred to as the “proximity effect,” deserves our attention. After all, we want to be with people who uplift and inspire us.
After 27 years of marriage, Bill and Melinda filed for divorce, citing the marriage as "irretrievably broken." Too much water under the bridge. No path remained to reach common ground. Voters in the United States can learn something from the Gates. How long do you compromise, turn yourself into a pretzel to stay together? Are 250 years enough? It takes enormous courage to be the one to call out the elephant in the room. "Hey! it's time to go our separate ways."