Tuesday, July 31, 2007

What do you see?

What do you see when you look at the people around you? Do you see the titles that they have? Things like mother, sister, brother, father, boss, teacher, fireman... There are so many and most of us hold several of them. How often do we look at the person that is standing right in front of us and actually see that person. Not who we think they are, not who we think they should be or what they might be later in life or even what we want them to be, but who they actually are. How many people can say that they have someone in their lives who really truly knows them and what makes them tick, who they are, who they want themselves to be? How many people do you know that you can say they understand you? I think life is hard enough alone. Maybe if each and every one of us would take a moment to truly see someone, we could make someones day a little bit better.

Friday, July 27, 2007

House shoes are called that for a reason

Originally, slippers were made for Japanese people who did not wear street shoes inside their homes. They were made for a specific purpose, to be worn inside the house. When they left the house, the house shoes would come off and the street shoes would go on.

Now that we understand the origin of the slipper, we can see that it was actually a good idea. I, myself, think they were a wonderful idea. No dirtying up your carpet by walking around in the same dirty shoes you’ve been wearing outside all day. But this is where the bomb drops. Like many other great ideas, the house shoe has become way overdone. In the past ten years or so, people have begun to wear their house shoes (not ones that look like they might be actual shoes, but obvious ones) outside of the house. Now I can understand running out to the car, or if there’s an emergency and they’re the first shoes you find. I can even see having to run and drop someone off somewhere when you’re not getting out of the car. But it’s gone TOO FAR! If I see another person walking around the grocery store, the mall or going to the movies in a pair of house shoes I swear I’m gonna have to bitch slap somebody. The only reasons other than those I already mentioned, to be wearing your house shoes outside are that you’re homeless and it’s the only pair of shoes you own, or else you’re really poor and, once again, it’s the only pair of shoes you own.

There are several other shoe problems in the world that deserve an honorable mention.

For instance, light up shoes should not be worn by anyone over the age of 8. I once saw a 3 ½ inch pair of clear heels that lit up. Do I have to say hooker shoes? The light up flip flops were kind of cool to… ‘til I saw a 35yr old woman wearing them in a size 10 instead of the kids they were meant for. . Do I have to say more about this trend of lighting up adult shoes?

And those awful flip flops with the giant flowers on the top need to go the same route. I once saw a woman who had to be somewhere between 50 and 65yrs old wearing them on a Sunday and yes, they did match her royal purple church clothes.

Do I need to say more.
I think not.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

What's Next?

I’m sitting her staring at the cursor, blinking black against the white page of a Microsoft Word Document trying to think about what I want to write about today. My coworker says the random topic should be “what’s next”. I say of course, “what do you mean what’s next” and he replies just in general, “what’s next”. And it hit’s me that when you stop and think about it, what’s next can really be a very valid question that applies to just about everything. I mean, when you wake up in the morning, isn’t the first thought you normally have “what’s next” What do I do next. Who do I see next. How long do I have to lay here before I have to tackle what’s next in my life. What do I eat next? Who do I talk to next? Where do I go next? What do I see, wear, touch or feel next? Who do I love next? So many things in our lives revolve around what’s next. Maybe, just maybe, we need to stop rushing through life worrying about what’s next and spend just a little bit more time thinking about what we’re doing right now. Then maybe we’d all be a little happier, more relaxed and better able to deal when what’s next actually comes along.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Home without Books...

One of my favorite quotes is "A home without books is like a body without a soul". It just strikes me as one of those really important things. We learn form books. It's part of how we gain the knowledge and the knowhow to be better than we are and better than we thought we could be. I never can understand how it is that people don't read. Not can't read, Not don't know how, but won't read. Knowledge really is power and I'm starting to wonder what the world is going to be like when people start refusing to read. I cringe every time I ask a kid what they like to read and they answer "OH, I don't read" or "I don't know how to read" even though they really do know. I wonder who's fault it is that we have a generation growing up that chooses not to read. It's not all of the children. I know plenty that love to read as much as I do, but how will our world be, what will it look like once these children who want everything to happen automatically without working for it. I'm not saying that reading would make everything better, but smarter, more well rounded people will definitely make the world a better place.