Everywhere I look I look I see gardening, barns, jeans, and off the grid building. It seems farm country, family outings, and homesteading are making a comeback too. All around us, family focused people are working to raise better families and do a great job at their jobs. We are a family oriented nation who still help their neighbors and speak well of one another. However, if you read or watch the negative soul sucking news, you will see a distorted America.
My advice should you care to take it is to turn off the news. Main stream media has lost its collective mind.
Refuse to support the gossip and slander (without research) mentality. Deny the character assassins their payoff. Give yourself a wonderful gift and let it go.
If you listen to the media lately, it appears there is rampant racism and racially motivated violence on every corner.
But, if you live outside of the media hubs and big cities, you will find something much different.
I cannot make any excuse for the reports and stories of violence in the news. People who hurt other people based on race or any other difference are sick individuals, but they do not represent America.
Instead, the truth is that when we as a community gather for football games or school functions, the divide is between opposing schools, not races. School, churches, communities, and sports teams are made up of every kind of people and we want to see and hear all the stories of kindness and love we see everyday.
Where are the stories about the multitude of churches filled with multiracial congregants and community outreach for instance?
In reality, hometown diversity around the kitchen table is common. On the whole, Americans are more concerned with character and kindness.
Honestly, most people I know don’t really think about color except when confronted with another carefully edited provocative news story meant to divide. Of course, I live in a small town, not a big city dominated by negative media. When a story is run 24 hours a day for weeks it is no wonder that other countries think we are killing each other in the streets.
I have lived all over the U.S. and most people live and let live, but it is the ugliness that gets splashed all over the media. It seems that they want a divide, something to drive a wedge between people. I have long been a proponent of the adage, “You get what you focus on.”
If you go around looking for trouble, search for ways to be offended, you will find those things. However, if you look for the good things, talk about positive uplifting people and places, that is what you will find instead.
In Main Street American households, people are more concerned with quality of life, the protection of children, and family oriented activities. People are concerned with mental health and keeping their family members away from drugs or destructive behavior.
My family has turned off “the news” completely.
In addition, we refuse to read the hate inciting headlines against fellow Americans and our leaders and anyone else who dares question the constant negativity. In our home, we do not allow the pundits to tell us how we think. We have minds of our own.
If you want something positive to watch, try American Ninja Warrior, The Voice, or song land. Shows that encourage everyday people to chase their dreams, live a bigger happier life, and to succeed make us all feel great. Shows with a positive message are good for the mind.
America draws people from all over the world, because it is a place where jobs are plentiful and with some work you can open a business. Without a doubt, we live in a great land full of enterprising business owners.
It is not the violent racist hotbed the media would have us believe. Instead, mental health is the issue we are concerned about.
If you live in an area where racism is the central issue of your life, then maybe you need a new area, a new church, and some new friends.
In America, we are not controlled by drug lords, a male dominated religion and society, socialism, a dictatorship, or cartels. You can move freely between states and don’t need anyone’s permission to travel or purchase a home. It is true freedom to live how you want within the laws of our great country.
Freedom, however, comes with responsibility. Every choice we make has a consequence. Your choices are your responsibility, just like mine are mine.
I have grown so weary of the media accusing Americans of blatant racism and trying to incite a race war. Just turn it off. You will feel loads better.
I don’t care what color you are or where you came from. I care that you treat people fairly, respect others, respect yourself, pay your bills, obey the laws, and raise great kids. Most of us are doing the best we can. Show respect, give respect.
Specifically, get out of the big city crime centers and open a small business somewhere. Over 50% of Americans are employed by small business. Start a business and you will find out who the real America is.
Choose your friends and co workers wisely. Choose a school/church/job you can be proud of. Build a happy home and family. There are way too many people ignoring the huge issues in their own families.