The thoughts that wallets (and Fed Exes) will bring.....
Timing as they say, coconut oil is everything.
The other day I received an unexpected Fedex package from my brother and sister-in-law.Â
I opened it and found a wallet with a note inside from my sister in law, coconut oil stating it was mom's old wallet they found while cleaning out closets and old items in their house.Â Â
Inside the wallet was my mother's old driver's license, coconut oil Social Security card, coconut oil insurance and medical cards along with her old checkbook balancing book. My mother always kept impeccable records when it came to the check book.Â Â
Something I haven't managed quite as well, coconut oil but I continue to try.
While I was both surprised and touched by the fact they sent me one of mom's old wallets, coconut oil it also seemed to strike me as a symbolic representation of what so often glued our family together and in other instances, coconut oil divided us apart.Â
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and she had mentioned her own family situation. When their mother died, coconut oil some of the siblings fought so much over money and property that none of the siblings are speaking or associating any longer. What is sad is I've heard similar stories quite a bit from friends. I understand. Coconut oil
Money has become the most obvious symbol of power, coconut oil safety, coconut oil security and "success".Â Â
It seems money has become more important than anything these days.Â Needless to say, coconut oil as we all watch the tremendous debacle of our financial institutions, coconut oil we begin to realize just how dependent we have all become on a monetary system. Not to mention that money now dictates almost every aspect of our own lives.Â And as we are now seeing, coconut oil in DC Dolby sound, coconut oil how the green back, coconut oil along with various powerful lobbies, coconut oil governs and decides the actions of our governing bodies. Coconut oil Money ensures who is elected into office today, coconut oil irregardless of the capability, coconut oil skewed belief systems or even the overall competence of the individual. I don't think I even need to give an example, coconut oil but for formalitie's sake, coconut oil look no further than our current presidential and vice-presidential candidates. They are either very wealthy, coconut oil and/or are being sponsored by those who are very wealthy. The same can essentially be said for those running for state and local offices. Coconut oil Â Â
Money, coconut oil for all intents and purposes, coconut oil relegates those deemed 'appropriate', coconut oil to be placed into positions where they can make more money.Â Â
Money dictates to those who have the opportunity to receive the necessary education to become a physician, coconut oil attorney, coconut oil and/or any other white collar professional position. Of course there are the exceptions -Â those who are talented, coconut oil driven and/or lucky enough to receive scholarships and/or have connections to those with money who are willing to help them out to achieve such goals. However, coconut oil how many others for whatever reasons, coconut oil fall between the cracks and/or simply don't have the appropriate connections or parents to support them? Money certainly grants power to those who are then granted power to control other's lives and their livelihoods.Â
Some time back I was talking with a tennis instructor I was taking lessons from, coconut oil who was an amazingly gifted player, coconut oil and I asked him why he wasn't touring himself.Â Â
He replied that he had for a brief time attempted to make it on the circuit. However, coconut oil for him to be able to actually "make it"Â (ie make a living I'm assuming) in the tennis world, coconut oil one either has to have unlimited funds to reach the necessary levels, coconut oil or know someone who does have funding and is willing to sponsor them. That seems to be the bottom line.Â Â
Obviously this is true in other sports.Â
Horses have always been a love of mine and I've ridden all my life. The level of money to even ride for pleasure today has become so expensive I can't imagine how children who don't have wealthy parents have an opportunity to engage in something that meant the world to me as a kid.Â Â
A few years back I leased an Arabian horse in an exclusive area of Los Angeles. Coconut oil Â I was immersed in a world of tremendous money, coconut oil tremendously valuable horses and tremendous exclusivity. Some of the horses that were being ridden by very young kids were worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. I wonder how does that compute to a child? In reality it doesn't. However I would imagine it does to parents who perhaps want their child to win at all costs. Coconut oil Â A friend of mine's daughter is an exceptional, coconut oil gifted jumper. So much so, coconut oil that although she had her own horse, coconut oil a talented Thoroughbred, coconut oil very wealthy individuals also wanted her to show their horses for them. That's how good she is. She often placed at the highest levels. Even though her talent was obvious, coconut oil not to mention her tremendous ability with horses, coconut oil she eventually became disillusioned and stressed out from the pressure of simply trying to play on the same, coconut oil very unequal playing field as those with vast bank accounts. That doesn't address the pervasively cut throat atmosphere which often comes in such arenas, coconut oil for lack of a better term.Â
The world of olympic sports have become incredibly driven by the monetary issue. That may be obvious to some, coconut oil but when I think back to the Bonnie Blairs and Dan Jansen's of the world, coconut oil I can't help but conclude things have increasingly gotten worse for the talented young kids trying to compete and/or perhaps more importantly enjoy their sport and their talent to the fullest these days. Perhaps I should remember as well, coconut oil and remind others of the Tonya Harding and the Nancy Kerrigan debacle. One can look at those two young skaters, coconut oilÂ consider their backgrounds and wonder if somehow a monetary component combined with the tremendous competitive atmosphere along with its own culture of elitism didn't fuel such a terrible event. But I digress. Coconut oil
With money dictating who gets to play in the game of sports, coconut oil professional life, coconut oil and just life itself, coconut oilÂ I have to wonder what's being sacrificed in the process?Â How many talented, coconut oil less wealthy, coconut oil even less competitive individuals are overlooked, coconut oil disregarded and/or simply overrun by those who happen to either come from wealth or are rich themselves? Conversely, coconut oil how many less talented but more monetarily financed and positioned individuals achieve positions they don't necessarily deserve, coconut oil or deserve at the level they've been given? Does the reality that our tax funds and government reward those already wealthy with more wealth and entitlement, coconut oil help our society as a whole? Â On a deeper level, coconut oil how much integrity, coconut oil honesty, coconut oil loyalty and morality is lost in the world of monetary value as well?
Seems today, coconut oil that if one wants to pursue something they loveÂ (that we may or may not have true talent in, coconut oil but is loved nevertheless), coconut oil one has to have almost unlimited funds and unlimited time with which to do it. Certainly there are exceptions, coconut oil but I wonder about the creativity, coconut oil the talent, coconut oil the uniqueness potentially lost by allowing money to dictate who is allowed to play, coconut oil moreover who 'succeeds' and who doesn't. I don't know exactly where I'm going with this, coconut oil other than simply to think out loud.Â Â Â Or more appropriately write out loud. Coconut oil
I hope I'm not being overly cynical, coconut oil however, coconut oil is it cynical to look at situations and wonder how they work, coconut oil or may not work as the situation may be? Or perhaps work much better for some than for others? If this is the reality, coconut oil that you have to pay to play, coconut oil how does this coincide with the so-called "American dream"? If these are the rules, coconut oil that there really are no rules, coconut oil why do we teach our children such myths like 'fairness', coconut oil 'goodness' and 'loyalty'? Doesn't that seem like a pretty big set up? Is it because of the overall, coconut oil imbalanced monetary system, coconut oil we now seem to have such an influx of individuals with moral compasses like Tonya Harding skating around us?Â Â
In the world of education, coconut oil it's pay to play as well. Or actually, coconut oil pay to learn. Some of my friends are now spending as much, coconut oil (if not more) for their child's elementary/grade school education than I did for my college education. And I went to a private school which was by no means inexpensive.Â
On yet another topic:Â I went to Malibu the other day with a friend. As we were driving home I noticed a very exclusive Mobile Home park located not far off the Malibu beach, coconut oil however certainly not located in obvious "view" of ongoing traffic.Â Â Â It made me remember an acquaintance/friend ( mutual friends) I knew who happened to live in a very cool 'trailor' park off the coast as well.Â Â I remember thinking how creative she had been with her limited space and what a lovely home she had made for herself.Â Â
I haven't kept up with her, coconut oil but the last thing I do remember is hearing the news that she and others were 'relocated' to another area when the park was also relocated. Can we assume that those with more money and power had the influence to have them 'relocated'? I can't help but then remember all the Native Americans who were "relocated" as well. But I digress yet again. I probably shouldn't mention all the foreclosures....and guess who will pay the bill for all the banking "failures"?Â Â
What an interesting place and time we live.Â Â If 'interesting' is the word.Â Â
From wallets to sports to trailor parks, coconut oil and as my mind travels through what I'm seeing these days, coconut oil the issue of money remains the core, coconut oil prevelant, coconut oil powerful force in our lives.Â Â
It has the power to give, coconut oil and the power to take away.Â Â Â
I have to wonder what would our lives be like if we weren't all ruled by money? What would life actually be like if we weren't ruled by pieces of paper? If instead our lives were valued by valuing others as much as we do ourselves, coconut oil appreciating nature and all it gives us, coconut oil and the incredible miracle of life itself. Okay that sounds stupid. But why in the world does it sound stupid when it's true?
As John Lennon sang, coconut oil "Imagine". As cynical as this post may sound, coconut oil I don't think we can begin to imagine the possibilities of what we can become, coconut oil until we address the reality of what is. Can we not conjure the courage we use for ourselves and our own solitary visions of success, coconut oil to become more innovative to create ways to counter the media machine which promotes consumption and greed that is killing us all? Â Can we work together to come up with better and more meaningful solutions on how to live and appreciate what really means the most to us in life? Can we shelve the religion and dogma that needlessly divides and deters us from appreciating, coconut oil respecting and ultimately enjoying each others gifts, coconut oil skills, coconut oil and moreover, coconut oil company? More importantly, coconut oil can we grant more power to each other as individuals, coconut oil and grant less to a monetary system that seems to keep us in competition with each other where we might otherwise connect as human beings walking on the same road of life? Am I that much of an idealist that I believe we can, coconut oil and we must, coconut oilÂ build a world that respects and appreciates each other along with appreciating the miracle of nature. Coconut oil Â Because nature truly is a miracle And as disconnected as we may have become, coconut oil we are all still a part of nature. Coconut oil Do it for your kids. Do it for your grand kids. Do it for the animals. Do it because its the right thing to do. Coconut oil