Monday, June 19, 2006

Regarding a previous post...

In regards to the post, "Is this close to being over now?"...I absolutely love the blog "DamnItEarth". By the way,in that blog, I was not questioning whether there was method to this madness (the war) as much as I was thinking people need to chill out and realize there's more than just surface information that we know about. We know the surface stuff - that's all. As Americans, we need to realize, especially with everything currently going on in the Middle East, that we do not have all the information. I don't want all the information. If all the information were to get out, the "other team" would know our plans - how strategic is that? This is war, duh!

I get so sick and tired of hearing people bash the President and the job he's doing. I may not agree with the way everything has gone so far, but in no way am I running down the President. I wouldn't want his job or to have to make the decisions he is faced with on a daily basis, nor would I want certain other individuals to be in charge during this time of strife and rely on them to make the correct decisions for the country under these circumstances. No one knows all the information. If you had all the information, there is a possibility that you would have made the same choices. You don't know how you are going to respond in a situation until you are actually in that situation and make the decision. President Bush was voted into office by the American people, trust that he has a LOT more information than we have or are aware of.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Meaning of Life...

is the PURSUIT of life. Sitting around on your sofa wondering what life is all about is not life and has no meaning. The true meaning of life is the pursuit of life, the pursuit of personal growth, the pursuit to be the best person you can be with the abilities you were born with.

It doesn't matter what path you pursue, it's the journey that matters. We may take detours off our path (or the path that is best for us), but eventually all roads will lead to the same conclusion. Make the best choices you can for the person you are at that moment. Everything else will fall into place and before you know it, you're further along the path than you thought you were and are a better person for it.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Is this close to being over now?

Please read the following blog for today regarding the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

After reading this blog, So…I guess what we’ve been doing has done some good and serves a purpose after all. If all these Eastern countries are happy about this, doesn’t that mean we’ve done a good thing by helping them become free from the terrorist reign they’ve been living under? I hope every single American will see this post and realize that even though we may not have agreed with the tactics our government used, our government helped a lot of people and maybe our government knows more than we are aware of in the grander scheme of things and that we need to trust those we have put in authority….Just a thought.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

What's up with that?

I understand why people are so against the gay lifestyle - even though I do not have a problem with it. The people that are against gay marriage believe that homosexuality is wrong and against the Bible. Whether it is or isn't, why is that the issue? Why can't our country let these people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that we, as Americans, are entitled to. The pursuit of happiness for the gay community can mean marriage to the person they love and want to share a lifetime commitment.
I don't see anything wrong with the gay community wanting marriage to be a part of their lives. I think they should be given the opportunity to have a loving relationship with the person of their choice and let them engage in a contractual marriage that would give their partner say over their medical condition or whatever may happen in life in which they aren't given those rights now as a partner because it isn't legally binding.

Even with all of this going on during the last presidential election, I still voted for Bush, but not because of the gay marriage issue. Personally, I don't trust Kerry to have the greatest power this county can give a person. I would rather have Bush with everything we've gone through in the last 6 years, than trust Kerry with those same issues. If I were voting just on the gay marriage issue, I would have voted for Kerry, but sadly, there are many more issues at stake when voting for a President. I'm hoping that the next election will bring candidates that can be strong in the face of adversity or terrorism but also realize that each person in this country has the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (and each person is entitled to choose what would make them happy for themselves).

Monday, June 05, 2006

my tattoo

This is my tattoo...

I got this tattoo two years ago at the age of 35. My mom thinks I got the tattoo just to spite her. I guess she thinks I'm not my own person. Actually, the reason I got the tattoo was because a butterfly stands for new beginning. I got this tattoo when I was working through some issues with my family. I have always tried to live up to their expectations, but have always felt as though I fell far short of the mark they set. At this point in my life, I realized that what my parents think of me is no longer my main concern. What I think of myself matters most.

I thought over my tattoo decision for about 10 years. I wanted to make sure the tattoo I got was something I could live with for the rest of my life. I also wanted it to be in a place that I could enjoy, but wouldn't be distorted through changes in my body due to weight fluctuations or age. That's why I put it on the inside of my right ankle. That way, if I want someone to know I have it, I can show it. If I need to hide it for work, I can wear pants (which I usually do at work) and look completely professional. I didn't want it on my back or somewhere I could only see it by looking in a mirror.

I chose this butterfly because it has personal meaning between my husband, his cousin, and myself. Hubby helped me work through a lot of the issues I have with my family, so I wanted something that reminded me of him. We felt a close kinship with his cousin when she came down from Canada to visit. We both think of her like a little sister. She is going through a lot of the same things I've been going through my entire life.

Hubby and I went to New Orleans about 5 years ago and had our names (including his cousin's) painted by this man that used a lot of individual pictures to form your name. The only letter that all three of our names have in common is the "A". The man gave us a list of what each picture represents and, according to his sheet, the butterfly symbolizes love. This butterfly was in Hubby's "A". Since it symbolizes love and new beginnings, I thought it the perfect tattoo. A picture I can live with the rest of my life to symbolize the love I have for Hubby and his cousin and to remind me just how far I've come in my journey.

So...that's the story behind my tattoo. When people see my tattoo, they usually say, "Oh, a butterfly." I know, they are very common, but 1) my butterfly is facing a different direction than most you see as tattoos and 2) it has special meaning to me, to Hubby, and to his cousin. When I tell people the story above, the tattoo doesn't seem quite so cliche. :-)

I did this for me, not to spite my mom or for any other reason. I love it and am thinking about getting a tattoo of my dog's paw print on my thigh - he always hits the same spot when he jumps into bed with us. That's the spot I want the tattoo, so I am obviously not going to get the tattoo until after my dog dies or starts landing on a different spot. My folks can't believe I'm thinking about getting a second tattoo. They just don't get me, but that's ok. I do!