Driving

Stop worrying about Ebola and start walking. If you really want to cut your chances of dying then stay out of cars. It amazes me the things we worry about because the media has decided they want to focus on it. You really want to increase your happiness stop watching main steam media.

Why are YOU a bad parent?

The mom who buys everything for their child so they will like them and be their friend is an idiot.  I know that seems mean but not near as mean as the mom.  I have seen dads that take their teenage son to Hooter’s to point out the awesome wings they have and maybe even share a beer.  I mean is there really a need to show your teenage son you are a dirt bag?  I assume he is probably smart enough to have figured that out by now. 

Maybe we should continue to punish the mom who let her kid walk to park alone even though he had a cell phone.  Maybe we could also put more effort in to punishing the dad who went to school with his son who was being bullied just to make a statement.  Of course we have to make sure these parents are doing the right thing so these kids don’t grow up thinking their parents know best.  We fill these kids heads with this false sense of the government knows best how to live your life.  Then they grow up only to find out the government has no idea what they are doing. 
My parents should be thrown in jail based on the new definition of bad parenting.  I drank from a water hose that was left outside all the time and didn’t even have a filter.  I was never given hand sanitizer or told eating apples off the neighbor’s tree before washing them would kill me.  In fact the one time I did finally say enough is enough and ran away from home they never came and looked for me.  In their defense they never knew I had left since my parents didn’t watch every step I took.  For the record I spend 5 minutes in the dark outside my window and got scared so I came back in. 
You are not a bad parent if your kid fails at something.  You are not a bad parent if your kid gets a bruise for climbing a tree.  If we continue to punish parents for letting their kids grow we will end up with a bunch of participation ribbon winning 20 year old scared of attempting anything wimps living with mom and dad.    
The real danger is they will think it is foolish to take a chance or risk anything.  In other words they will be too scared to LIVE and change the world. 

You won’t get picked

I know your mom told you that everyone loves you and that you are the cutest person in the world.  Your dad probably told you that your singing was better than Celine and Mariah put together.  Maybe you were the one the other kids called too slow or too fat.  What if you were too short or not smart enough?

The point is you are not very good and will not get acknowledged by the “important” people.  There is a closed group of people in the world that control everything.  Yes I am a member so I am allowed to tell you all the details.  We have regular meetings where we look at photos to decide who sits with the cool kids or gets the best jobs.  We pick the ones that get to be beautiful actresses and big time singing stars.  Of course we picked Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan to dominate the NBA.  We put Kate Upton on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  The Koch brothers are rich because we decided they were worthy.

I am sorry this makes all the things you believed were possible in life seem incredibly unfair but that is how the world works.  If you really want to achieve anything in life you have to earn our approval.  If we don’t give you that stamp of approval then you will forever be locked in a state of mediocre living.

Now assuming you have read this far and your head is not exploding you no doubt understand this is completely not true.  There is no audition.  There is no approval process where you get a card that says you now belong and have made it in life.

Sometimes you will be picked, applauded, cheered, accepted and maybe even loved for an accomplishment. You may be yelled at, hated, stalked and even rejected for something you do in life.  The question is what do you do with this information.  You have to decide if you want the world’s approval which is temporary and based on works or you want the one that has already been given before you even took a breath.

I am not trying to get preachy on this subject but I believe it applies to business, leadership, family, high school, middle school and probably even in retirement homes.  You need to accept that God approved of you before you did anything so clearly it is not something you can earn.  Stop trying to get picked or earn some sort of approval and accept that you are meant for great things even when you fail daily.

You don’t measure up to the world’s standard but that’s okay you were never meant to be here very long. To not believe you are approved is unbiblical.  Just read Jeremiah and you see a story of God’s approval completely overwhelming the world’s.

Martha Stewart is a CONVICT!

Only in America could we have people who commit murder, sell drugs and commit violent crimes get probation while Martha Stewart goes to jail for insider trading.   I don’t really care what happens to Martha but let’s be honest we have a serious prison problem and the justice system is supposed to create a safe society not lock up old ladies who cook. 

If we are really over crowed in the prisons then why send people who commit these types of crimes to jail?  We live in a time where the NSA and Google know where you are 24 hours a day anyway so put an ankle bracelet on these people.  Of course some people make the argument that we would spend millions tracking them and bringing them back every time they escaped.  I have a solution that my dog could understand.  We just set these bracelets to a certain radius and when you go outside that area you are shocked to ground like a Taser. 
Please don’t tell me that is cruel because I really don’t care when you are talking about millions of dollars to house millions of people for crimes that are no threat to the general population.  If you think putting someone in a metal cage and surrounding them with smarter lifetime career criminals makes more sense then you are missing the basic concept of common sense. 
A friend of mine may go to jail for not paying child support.  I agree this is a crime and he needs to pay up for it.  If we put him in jail he can’t earn money so no one wins.  Why not put a bracelet on him and give him a 10-15 mile radius to work and give him a chance to earn that money? 
Also why is there trash on the roads and parks when we have people in jail just sitting there?  Why not hand them a trash bag and for every hour they work we knock off an hour of their sentence?  It makes not sense to feed and house people then let them sit around and do nothing.  If we give people an incentive to make their lives better and they blow it we stick them in the cell but don’t waste a good punishment by not teaching a lesson and benefitting society at the same time. 

I wished I cared more (NOT REALLY)

I say things all the time that get me in trouble.  It is a symptom of me just not worrying about what most people think and sometimes that means feelings get hurt.  There just seems to be an abundance of stupid in the world and I like to point it out and sometimes make fun of it. 

I’m not talking about hate speech or being mean in the sense that you bully people, even though I get accused of that sometimes.  To me if you wear cut off denim shorts and a tank top to the store and not one person in your life loves you enough to tell you not to do that, then I get to make fun of you.  This morning I was at Wal Mart (I know like shooting fish in a barrel) and a lady clearly in her late 50’s and I am being generous was wearing just that outfit.  Now assuming you worked out, didn’t provide thousands of cigarette tax dollars to the state and were not trying to get McDonald’s profits to a new record level, it may have been cute.  That was not the case at all.
One time we were at a party shortly after the presidential election and this lady who clearly did not know me decided to bring up politics.  Now I vote Conservative, have dogs named Reagan & Bush and love to talk politics.  I do not bring it up because some people get all mad and start calling names and begging me to punch them in the face.
If you bring it up I will be happy to discuss it as long as you know what you are talking about and don’t start saying stupid stuff.  This rarely happens but it was worth a shot.  She was in her 60’s and should have been smarter but after 20 minutes of reciting what she believed by reading headlines and watching ABC news, I had enough.  She asked if I agreed and all I could say is that is what is wrong with America.  I said “low information voters” are what is killing this country.  I was not specifically calling her stupid but I think she got the point. 
Not sure if she was hoping we would be friends but her and her husband left shortly after and never called so I assume we may be done.     

Stop trying to spell stuff

Have you ever changed your plans because something was too hard to spell?  In Texas we have a great water park called Schlitterbahn located in New Braunfels.  It is easier to spell San Marcos or Austin when talking about where you are going since they are within a few miles of the park.  I was texting a friend telling him about the trip we had planned and he said by the way that is not the right city, to which I responded it was just easier to spell. 

I can’t tell you haw many times I have typed something and the little red line pops up only to find out I didn’t even get close enough for Microsoft to know what I was trying to spell.  My history of bad spelling is long so I have never pretended to know how to spell some really simple words.  In fact “pilot” is for some reason one of the most difficult for me to remember.  
Handwriting a letter is one of the worst times to realize the word you want to use is out simply because you can’t spell it.  Sometimes I will even go to the phone or computer to see if I can find it but usually I just choose another word. 
This can also lead to problems when you are trying to map a route and can’t spell the city you want to type in the app.  I guess for people like me you always need a copilot to stop you from driving past New Braunfels just to get to Schlitterbahn.  For some reason I have always been able to spell Schlitterbahn.

You are Pregnant?

You are PREGNANT?
Seriously at your age and you are having a baby?  Well I guess you can forget ever having any fun now that you are going to start over raising a kid at this season in your life.  I mean who in there right mind would want to have a kid in their mid forties? 

Last night we had dinner with some great friends that are expecting their first child together in the next few months.  They are a blended family with kids from previous marriages but none together.  It is a beautiful thing when you realize they will get to share a very special moment together that previously seemed impossible.  It was not that they were trying or even expecting there to be a risk because they felt the time had passed.  My bride and I were so excited because we think this couple is one of the all time great couples in the world.
It is the classic story of both married before and had kids and they blended great and have awesome kids so what could make this story any better?  Well a new life given to a family of 5 that has more than enough love to give a new baby.  We have known them for years so we have laughed, cried and even screamed together so it was with nothing but pure joy that we hugged and were happy for them when we got the news.  
We have seen them go through some storms and been strengthened in their faith so the smiles on their faces were a clear result of the humor they got from knowing God believed they could do this too.  We can’t wait to hold this beautiful baby (assuming it looks like her) and love him or her.