Friday Rambling: Respect

Well, I’ve been posting something every day this month. I’ve been avoiding committing to the fact that I seem to be participating in NaBloPoMo this year in so far as I am trying to post something every day. I don’t know if there’s an official way to participate, I just figured I’d give it a try to kick start my blogging. I have wanted to be more committed to posting, but seem to stall or lack consistency. So I thought if I could do something every day, I might find my way to putting a process together. So far, so good, in that I haven’t missed a day yet. However, tonight when I sat down, I wasn’t sure where to start. I have an idea, but I need to do a little more research before I can put the post together.

So, I wasn’t sure what to write about today. Additionally because it’s Veteran’s day I feel a bit of pressure. I have to admit that I always feel an odd sense of pressure on holidays in general on the different social media platforms. Facebook especially is filled with messages of thanks and special avatars commemorating Veterans’ (or Remembrance) Day. Some bloggers mention it briefly, some write about members of their families. I have family members who were in the military, but it’s never been something that was talked a lot about. I did take a moment at 11:11 to thank those who have served. I do wish we didn’t keep adding to the list of those to thank – I’m not going to get into a political discussion – I just think it would be wonderful if we could come up effective and less destructive methods of solving disagreements. I wish I could see that in the near future, but with the complete lack of respect for other people I’ve witnessed over the past few weeks at work and on the road, I can’t say I see anything changing.

Recently, Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls talked about making a more deliberate point of being nice to people. Her post really struck a chord with me. I’ve beenthinking about it, and I think it’s time to take it beyond the thought and into action. I can’t just sit and grouse about other people being disrespectful – I need to at least lead by example. So I will. Not sure exactly what form this will take at the moment, but I’ll try to keep you posted if I come up with a method.

For now I’ll leave you with a picture Chad took today. He and E went skiing with his dad. Killington opened, and they wanted to get on the snow. So through the course of the day they texted me pictures which I then uploaded to Facebook. They had a wonderful time, and I did enjoying the peek into the day from afar.


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