Archive for January, 2008

Hurting Themselves

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

It seems to me strikers harm themselves more than anyone else. So the writers are putting their foot down and saying they will not contribute to the Golden Globe Awards Show. They have also garnered support from nominated actors who are vowing not to attend the event in support of the striking writers. This may sound harsh, but who else is left to even care if the Globes happen or not? I can’t even remember the last time I watched an awards show or heard of anyone else I know watching one. I suspect the television audience for the Globes is already lean. Should the show not air this year, it could result in the remaining audience discovering they can do without just fine.

I’m not writing this post to say I don’t support the writers’ push to have a fair cut of DVD sales and the like. Writers are the backbone of all that entertains us and deserve compensation whenever their work is used. That said, I think striking and grinding in one’s heels often leaves those trying to make a point at a disadvantage.

Crossing the Line

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Oh dear. I think I am starting to cross the invisible line of life. You know the one. The one that determines whether you are looking forward to or back on events of your life. There is a point in your life when all you care to do is look forward. You enjoy wondering what you will be when you grow up. You wonder who you will marry. When you find your mate, you dream of your wedding. Once the wedding is over you think of future children. When you are pregnant you imagine what your baby will be like. Once the wedding is over and the kids are here, there isn’t as much we are groomed to look forward to other than retirement. Retirement is close enough to the final chapter of our life that it isn’t as much fun to dream about as the earlier milestones.

I am catching myself reliving the past more than I am daydreaming about my future. To be fair, you’d think looking to the past would slow life down a bit. It’s not like I’m a starry-eyed twenty something wishing my life away in anticipation of what is to come. The more I look back, the faster life seems to go. The more I wished for my future in my youth, the more the future dragged its heels to get here. I think this phenomena is the reason life seems to go faster and faster as I age. I need to learn from the cliche’ “a watched pot never boils.” My pot is boiling away because I don’t have my eyes on it anymore. I need to start looking with excitement towards my future again. Perhaps looking forward to what is to come will give me the sense it is taking forever to get here again.

Can’t Stop Thinking About…

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

A friend of mine shared the following link with me. http://www.storyofstuff.com/

This is a link to a video essay about the rate of consumption in the United States. I think about the amount of waste I generate often. I pat myself on the back because my husband and I do a pretty good job recycling things. The points in this woman’s discussion made me realize recycling isn’t enough. It is great to try to minimize how much of what goes out our back door ends up in the dump. It is just as crucial, if not more, to minimize how much ‘stuff’ is coming in our front door to begin with. Consumer demand is what is driving the depletion of resources. The few of us who are making an effort to recycle aren’t even close to replacing what is being removed on a daily basis to meet our needs let alone everyone else’s.

The real problem in all of this is the economy of the United States relies heavily on consumption of resources. In fact, conservation tends to send the economy into a tailspin. Over the course of time we have allowed our nation’s financial stability to come at the cost of resource instability. Talk about short sighted. To make matters worse, our citizens are far from being financially stable because the push for consumption has resulted in individuals ‘contributing’ to the economy beyond what their means allow.

Ironically, the state of our resources and finances is not a mystery. Most people realize the availability of our resources is finite and that individuals are spending themselves into massive amounts of debt. You’d think in an election year people would be demanding a candidate come forward with a vision to get us off of this dead end path and back on track. That’s not the case, however. What people continue to look for in a leader for our great nation is a person with solutions for how we can keep consuming at our current rate (if not more) and avoid the consequences of doing so. Our government needs to be for the people and by the people. Therefore, people shouldn’t be forced by their government to be responsible citizens and when resources or finances are over-extended, the government needs to have a plan to bail out those affected. It’s a formula for disaster and none of us are immune from the pending fallout.

Key to Happiness

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Is the key to happiness simply not having any expectations?  I’m beginning to wonder.  If you don’t have expectations then anytime people come through for you or events play out successfully it is a pleasant surprise.  Disappointments would be far and few between without expectations.  At least that is my guess.