The Daily Struggle

I never intended to use this blog for political purposes. Even now, this post is not really intended as political commentary as much as a plea for personal responsibility.

Like so many, I am dismayed by the way current leaders are trampling upon the very freedom that made this nation great, in some twisted attempt to strengthen and protect us. I’m saddened by the lack of compassion I see, and by the way people are pointing fingers, blaming others for the problems in their lives and in our country. Disgusted by the superiority (moral, ethical, and educational) that leaders on both sides of every issue claim. And depressed that anyone is looking to these so-called leaders to save him—to save “us.”

None of us is perfect. None of us has all the answers. Yet, despite all the infighting, I still believe all of us want the same things: opportunity, freedom, and peace. You’d think that, given that truth, it shouldn’t be so hard to make it happen. Of course, it’s immensely complicated, and is made more complicated when divisive language is used to separate us.

So with no answers to the bigger problems our country faces, here is the one and only thing I know: the most important step to making my life, my community, and my country better is taking responsibility for my role.

My future is dependent on every decision I make every day of my life. When I meet with an obstacle, do I point the finger and blame, or do I take action to remove or jump over that obstacle? When I see injustice, do I sit back and watch it, or do I get involved and seek change? Do I let other people tell me what to think, or do I read and become educated and allow myself to be persuaded by cogent arguments? Do I ask for help when I need it? Am I willing to be wrong or say I’m sorry? Am I willing to work hard for what I want? Am I wasteful of my talents and resources? Am I willing to recognize that fear and prejudice aren’t good starting points for forming opinions and making decisions?

When I read through that list, I can claim high marks on some, less so on others. But if I dedicate myself to improving my personal score on all counts, I’m pretty sure my family, my neighborhood, and my community will be better off. And if everyone in those subsystems also focused on personal accountability, we’d see big positive changes in a relatively short span of time.

There’s a reason I write love stories. I believe that good should triumph. I believe in happy endings. And I believe that we all have the power to ensure both of those things come true. So tell me, what one thing might you do differently to make your life (and the country) a better place?

XO-Jamie

4 thoughts on “The Daily Struggle

  1. Beverly Altobello

    Well said Jamie! I need to do better with asking for help and listening to others and being persuaded by cogent arguments. Also saying I’m sorry a little bit more can always be helpful. Thanks for writing this!

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    1. msjamiebeck@gmail.com Post author

      Thanks, Bev. It’s hard to apologize and admit our mistakes. Right now tensions are so high, but I really think the only way out is to find ways to genuinely connect with the opposition. Otherwise the divide will work in Trump’s favor…

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  2. Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Well said Jamie! I will continue to stand up and voice my concern when our rights are being taken away. I will continue to read and be educated on these topics so in making my decisions, I will make them educated.

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    1. msjamiebeck@gmail.com Post author

      It’s so tough when finding fact-based, unbiased reporting is so hard. But the one good thing about what is happening is how it has awakened a bunch of citizens and has people up and demanding that civil rights be respected.

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