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The Paradox of Us

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12/01/2011 - A paradox is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true…" The following are thoughts and observations about the paradox of us. All of these won't be true for everybody; everybody can probably find some of these to be true for them. I know I have.

We say we value justice yet seek ways to escape the consequences for our own decisions.

We say we value honesty yet become angry when a person is honest with us about something we don't like hearing.

We say that time is more valuable than money yet that is what we don't invest into those we love the most…then…

We say family is the most important thing we have, yet we neglect family in the pursuit of wealth.

We criticize the government for the spending and the national deficit, yet we are barely able to keep up with the demands of our own personal debt.

We ask people to be patient with us, yet are angered by any slow service.

"Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive." - C.S. Lewis

We argue that our changes won't happen over night, and then express frustration at our loved ones for the changes they struggle to make.

We express anger through yelling and hitting things then wonder why our kids handle their own anger so poorly.

We say "you have to give respect to get respect" yet refuse to be the first one to give it.

We say trust has to be earned then demand to be trusted whether or not we deserve it.

We crave a good reputation but do nothing to work on our character.

We say it is important to be good sports when we lose then respond with rage when our favorite sports team has a losing record.

We insist that people need to keep their nose out of our business then meet with our friends to "catch up on all the gossip."

We complain we don't have enough money while we are driving our car, eating a hamburger and surfing the internet on our smart phones.

We boldly say that people should like us for who we are then spend a large amount of money on items that make us look good.

We sit in front of the television with our overly portioned meals watching news feeds of others in famine and say, "somebody should do something."

We cry at a hallmark commercial then contort our bodies to catch a glimpse of a car accident.

We express anger that nobody has implemented needed services at work, church or school then join the ranks of that same nobody and do nothing.

With the New Year fast approaching, I suggest that our resolution be that we iron out the wrinkles of our own paradox. I hope you all have had a great holiday season and have a very happy new year.

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