Tired

I’m tired. I’ve had enough.

I’m tired of this presidential election. Oh, yeah the election was 2 days ago. We have a winner. It doesn’t matter which candidate you voted for our country selected Trump.  So no matter who you supported he is our president.  Part of being an adult is being able to accept the outcome of an election. If you don’t like the outcome the choices are limited: deal with it, leave the country or act like a spoiled brat.  If you pick the latter maybe you aren’t mature enough to handle a responsibility like voting.

I’m tired of the inability to disagree with others in a polite and respectful way.  Part of being an adult is realizing that we won’t always agree with everyone.  You can respect and even like someone if they don’t agree with you 100%. Part of being an adult is learning to work with those who are different from you.

I’m tired of Democrats and Republicans. I’m tired of partisan politics. Neither party has it right. This year’s candidates prove that. I’m tired of independents and third parties being ignored.

I’m tired of the vilifying and name call of those you don’t agree with. I’m tired of comments like how can an educated person vote for ___ or a Christian vote for ___.  The election is over get over it.

I’m tired of the protests too. If you voted then you had your input. It is time to work to make things better. If you didn’t vote then it is time for you to shut up. Maybe next time you will vote even if you don’t like the choices. I can’t remember the last time I really supported a presidential candidate.  I certainly didn’t like any of the options this time and yes I considered all possible options. We have become a nation of whiners.

Here’s the deal:

Part of being an adult is learning that things don’t always go the way you want. Use those times as an opportunity to grow and expand.

Sometimes you have to work with/for people you can’t stand. Sometimes when you take the time to get to know others you might actually learn something.

Sometimes you have to do the hard stuff. Doing the hard stuff makes us stronger. In real life you don’t get a trophy for showing up or an A just because you came to class.

Sometimes there is no good choice. Sometimes the only choice is to pray for wisdom and strength to handle what happens.

Sometimes people don’t agree with you. Life would be boring if everyone agreed with you all the time.

 

 

 

Uncertain Times

It seems that our entire country is falling apart. Yet another ambush on police officers happened today.  It appears this too was sparked by earlier events.

We are in the midst of a messy and contested presidential election time. It seems that both candidates and political parties only want to cause more divisions in our country.

In times like this I am reminded that true peace and hope only comes through Christ.  It is because of His promises, I’m able to say it is well.

It is Well by Horatio Spafford and Philip Bliss
performed by Audrey Assad

Where’s God?

As I was pursuing Twitter I found an article by Ann Voskamp about where is God when life seems to fall apart and bad things happen. One thing I’ve wondered myself sometimes and here from others is why is God letting this happen to me. Why isn’t God just fixing the problem so I don’t have to suffer or have pain. Truth is that pain is part of life, life isn’t always going to be perfect and being a Christian certainly doesn’t mean life is going to be easy. As much as I might not like it God might just have a purpose for the hard times in my life.

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  Romans 5:3-4 English Standard Version

Oh and back to the article that you really must read it.  Here is one of my favorite quotes:

Faith is this unwavering trust in the heart of God in the hurt of here. Ann Voskamp

Best Use For an Ironing Board

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Ironing is a task I absolutely hate.  I’m more of a T shirt and jeans kind of person. Like a true child of the 80s I believe a polo shirt is a dress shirt. I mean it has buttons and a collar. We take the Big Guys dress (work) shirts to the cleaners. So there isn’t much need for ironing. Since we moved I still haven’t replaced a lot of things. Months ago I needed somewhere to put the trash bag in the laundry room that was out of the way. The ironing board behind the door works — best use of the ironing board.

Punctuation Please

Mcdsign.jpgSaw this sign recently. It is an excellent example of why the apostrophe is the most underappreciated punctuation mark in the English language.  Unlike commas and semi-colons that are over-rated the apostrophe is often overlooked.  Omitting one tiny little apostrophe drastically changed the meaning of the sign. Of course the author of the sign could be taunting potential employees that they no are longer are hiring.  That would be an interesting approach to recruiting staff. However, I think the author probably meant “We’re hiring” or “we are hiring”

 

 

Restroom Rant aka Poor Customer Service

I know there has been a lot in the news lately about cities, states etc passing laws about restrooms lately and whether or not restrooms should be restricted by gender. Well, this post isn’t about that, I’ve already address that years ago.  This post is in response to an incident that happened at a local Applebees.   This rant is also about poor customer service.

So yesterday we went to Applebees for lunch. We got a meal deal that included an appetizer and 2 entrees.  So I had both wings and ribs. After lunch I went to the restroom to wash my hands.  I walked in on a male Applebees employee standing in the ladies room. It appeared that he has been using the restroom. He muttered something about “I’m not supposed to be in here and oh, I’m in the wrong restroom.” He scurried out and into the men’s room.

So, this is no the first time I’ve encountered men in the women’s restroom. I lived in a town for 8 years where it was legal use the restroom of the opposite gender. Usually they were more a nuisance than anything.  Today’s incident was nothing like that. First the guy, was acting weird when I entered.  He just had this creepy vibe going. The incident was unsettling enough that I left sticky hands and all.

I ran into a couple of female management types immediately after it happened. One of them came to my table to explain why the creepy guy was in the ladies room. Her excuse was that the staff had to check the restrooms every thirty minutes. I challenged why a male was in the ladies room. The only feeble excuse she could come of with was that it was his job. So this guy had no cleaning supplies, the door was closed and there was no sign on the door. It appeared he was checking something out but it sure wasn’t the restroom. It seems irresponsible to assign a male employee to monitor the ladies restroom, especially when there were numerous female staff members working today.

The manager needs to rethink customer service.  She really didn’t handle the situation well. Her only concern was keeping me quite. My experience with Applebees customer service in several states is that just like their food it is average.  They do have a good allergy menu. That is the reason we even go to them. Applebees could be a really good place if they would just make the effort to strive for excellence.