May your fields produce more quality than quantity.
Until next time,
“Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.” I always thought this was a pretty good mantra, the Golden Rule. It only makes sense that if you want to be treated fairly, you have to treat others fairly first. But that doesn’t seem to hold much weight in this me-first, throw- away society we live in today. In a world where we try so hard to fit in, to be liked, to be everything to everyone, we forget to think about other people along the way. This self-centered, self-worshipping mentality has made us a society of shallow, self absorbed people that think that sharing an uplifting quote on Pinterest is going to make others think we are really deep, kind, and selfless. Instead of accepting our differences, and letting others’ opinions roll off our backs, we let people’s words bring us down and make us the casualties of unintended circumstances. Instead of holding firm to our values and sticking to our morals, we choose to tear each other down and blame one another for our own problems; because it is easier to play the victim than to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and toughen up. Life ain’t fair, but it is better than the alternative! Race, religion, gender, sexual preference and political beliefs are not the problem. Men and women have disagreed on these things and more since the beginning of time; the difference between life now and even fifty years ago is how we choose to deal with those issues. Don’t advertise your dirty laundry on Facebook, and then get mad when others offer up their advice (or lack thereof). Don’t judge others based on what others say about them; just because someone doesn’t like you does not make you a bad person! Don’t get on your soapbox and preach the virtues of anything unless you are properly informed and are ready to defend your beliefs. Don’t be afraid to be wrong or to fail. If you always win, what do you stand to gain? We live in a country built on the foundation of equality- we all have an equal chance to succeed as much as we have the ability to crash and burn. The choice is ours. We reap what we sow; so we better be sure we can harvest the crop. Fill your life with beauty, and beauty will reflect back on you.
May your fields produce more quality than quantity.
Until next time,
Let me preface this post with the following: I am not racist; I don't care what color your skin is because good people come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Your religion, or lack there of, is just important to you as mine is to me; so accept the fact that if what you believe is different than what I believe as a Catholic, it makes you no better or worse than me. I believe that God made one man and one woman, and together they were meant to go forth and populate the earth. While I do understand the fact that there are same sex couples, I am not so ignorant to deny them the same basic freedoms the rest of us have. Please just keep it to yourselves, and out of the eyes of my children; and I will do the same for you. Even though I consider myself fairly tolerant, I still have my own moral compass and my own feelings about the world we live in. You don't have to agree with me, but I believe we should all learn to respect each other's freedoms. I seriously wonder about this country we live in. Every day there seems to be something more fucked up than the crazy ass shit that was on the news yesterday; and I am saddened by the fact that it isn't going to change anytime soon. The media and our government has produced a culture of self- righteous, self- absorbed, and entitlement that cannot be changed by the few honest, hard working people that do not agree with the rest of society. There are so many things I can't understand; and how the hell do you explain things like this to your kids?
A man can be photographed for the cover of national magazines in drag, and be called heroic and courageous by our own president because "he" thinks "he" is really a "she"; but a movie about a true hero that paid the ultimate price for our freedom is condoned and banned by people that think it is racist propaganda. Chris Kyle was and is a hero; Bruce Jenner is a man going through a midlife identity crisis, and making a fortune in doing so. Pardon me if I find this a disgusting waste of money that could be better spent on something of value, say, for example, making sure that our veterans can come home and get the therapy they need to become active members of society again. Just saying.
Black "thugs" can loot their own neighborhoods and kill police officers in the name of racial justice; but young white men can get shot by any cop and no one is breaking down the doors of city hall to pin the blame on the authorities.
Children are being taught that genders don't exist, instead of being taught to honor and appreciate the way God made them. Instead of building up our children's self esteem, parents are so self absorbed with their own desires of having a perfect child that they are tearing down what our mothers, grandmothers, and others have worked so hard for. Who needs gender equality if we are all a bunch of hermaphroditic freaks?
Muslims can wear their garb and pray where they so choose, and American Indians can claim Native Pride. Blacks have the ACLU and Reverend Jesse Jackson in their corner pocket. But to even say you are a young white male (or female, for that matter; I have been called a white bitch by more than one resident of a local reservation) somehow implies that you are a racist bigot. Just because I am white, does not mean that I am part of some sadistic white supremacy group. Much the contrary. I believe that people can be racist no matter what color their skin is. I see it every day; and it irritates me to no end that our government and media are always the first to bring race into everything. Perhaps if we could go one day without referring to one another by the color of our skin, we might see that the real issues start inside ourselves- not because of the outside of others around us.
The problems don't just end with race or religion. Why is it that people that have no idea where real food comes from can tell the rest of how to eat and how to raise our crops and livestock? I think farmers and ranchers in the United States have done a pretty damn good job raising a surplus of food for the masses, so the rest of you can live in your fancy homes in the suburbs and worry about whether to buy the "organic" or "natural" strawberries. If you don't even know what the hell gluten is, then you probably aren't allergic to it. Monsanto does not own producers; and believe it or not, ranchers and farmers are probably one of the biggest reasons you don't have to worry too much about getting a blood transfusion the next time you eat American produce. We take pride in producing a damn good product for you to spend your hard earned money on, as opposed to producing garbage in mass quantities just to fill the WalMart truck. In my humble opinion, 'Chipotle' can take its' restaurants and shove them up the owner's ass.
America, your problem is that no one has to be accountable for themselves anymore. Scapegoats are free for the taking; you have allowed us to blame our shortcomings on our religions; our disabilities; our parents- everyone but our own selves. You don't make us stop and think before speaking; you don't make us do our homework when you invite us to a fight. I wish we could get rid of politicians- they have become the blood-sucking ticks of our society and should be eradicated, along with the dirty money that speaks louder than the needs and dreams of the average citizen.
America, I still love you; but just once, I wish you would let kids pray in school and recite the Pledge of Allegiance without making a big deal out of it. Kids that don't respect our flag can either leave the room or sit, just like when I was in school. I wish that you could just teach your children to be more tolerant, less arrogant, and more appreciative of what they have. Because freedom don't come free-- and last time I checked, this is still "one nation, under God, indivisible; with liberty and justice for all."
God bless you all; even if you don't agree with me. "... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15
Hi, I am Richelle. I am a mother to two wild and crazy little cowgirls, a wife and friend to pretty awesome cowboy, and a lover of all things western. This is just my collection of my own observations of life, some of my photos, and a few recipes here and there. I hope you enjoy!