In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed people posting and bashing each other’s view about religion, politics, celebrity’s life and how our economy is falling. Let me tell you this: We don’t live in a third world country, where there is NO Democracy, no Women’s Rights and no Community resources to fall back on. We live in a life of luxury, even people in poverty have welfare to fall back on, government housing to live in, they have a car, cell phone and they are still able to support their smoking and drinking habits with welfare funding??? Imagine, being in a foreign world where all you see these other people in their country, living in a one room hut with dirt on the floor, it’s not being supported by Government Housing, the people in the village come together to bring support. Yet these people are not distracted by the media or technology, they sing, they dance and they just hope for today. In this country, we put away our parents in a Nursing home, we kill our babies because we don’t want to be parents and it’s called “Our Rights”; we have ongoing access to technology, TV, the internet, news, drama and we tell ourselves life is so hard that we need a “drink” whether it’s choking down alcohol or Starbucks, but yet we can afford it. We demand so much and yet we don’t stop to realize that we don’t NEED these luxuries.
If you have a home, whether it’s Government housing, house, trailer or apartment; it’s a home be appreciative for it. After my escape from trafficking, I slept in gas station bathrooms, I cried in the middle of the night when someone would bang on the door. Without my identification, I couldn’t get welfare, I couldn’t get free meals at a local shelter and I couldn’t get resources, but the one thing that made me realize was that I was blessed beyond measures. I was no longer being beaten, I was no longer trapped in chains of bondage, even though I was homeless, I could come and go whenever I pleased. I humbled myself and hung out with other homeless people that each told their unique story and it changed my perception forever.
I’m not a religious person, but I do believe that God sustained my sanity long enough for me to stop and truly appreciate the things around me. When I was hungry, there was a small restaurant that would feed me without asking me for my identification or assuming whether I was an illegal immigrant. The restaurant manager would hold a plate for me out in the back so that I could eat. To me that was a blessing. A nurse let me sleep in one of the hospital beds, so I wouldn’t have to sleep outside in the cold, that was a blessing and I had families with true Christian values that invited me into their home to show me what values that God wanted them to share with me, that was a blessing.
Our country isn’t perfect by any means and yes there will be corruption and injustice, but give me a country that doesn’t have either? Before we can go and help others we must fix the problems we have here first, otherwise this country will be falling under.
We need to stop and learn to appreciate what our country has given us, before it becomes instinct. We’ve lost family values, we’ve lost our minds with lack of morals. We are a country that is thriving on a multi-billion dollar industry of sex and labor slavery and we are just cashing in everyday. So, continue to rant and rave about what little rights we currently have, then you wonder why I am depressed.
Thank you for letting me rant!