If I could paint a mural of my mind this morning. It would be a scene of me - standing in the center. And this - whirlwind - would be rotating around me. All these - faces - human and animal - would be riding inside this whirlwind.
It would represent the end result of the heaviness I woke up feeling inside my heart this morning - for so many in this world.
It’s impossible to save the world. But it’s possible - for the world to save itself.
All it takes is everybody collecting together - with those right around you - to deal with overcoming obstacles - with and for everyone.
Wow - did I just say that?
That doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is - sitting here looking at all this land we have - wishing we were doing something with it - with others - in ways that it would be helping several of us.
Sometimes - this rat race world can become so overwhelming for too many of us. There are those of us existing - without ever realizing - how much this world’s selfishness and demands has robbed us of our own God-given power to lead our lives. It like this friggin’ world has taken over and is now running the show in our lives. And too many of us are - too busy - to even stop long enough and take notice - realize - and care enough to get mad about it.
People today - it usually takes getting mad - enough - before they’ll stop everything and deal with a wrongdoing being thrust upon their lives from elsewhere.
It amazes me how so many of us will let everything just roll with the flow - until we find ourselves sitting on our butts - totally exhausted - feeling like we’ve had every ounce of our strength beaten out of us. And we’re wondering how that happened - because we never even noticed anything - or - anyone - coming around to do such a thing!
As if that’s not enough - the thought of doing one more thing - even for the sake of taking back our own lives from the selfishness and demands of this world - tends to be put on this other list - something that seems to have become a new fad with the latest generation - which I call - “ Today’s Human Wrecks. “ ( fits right in with “ Baby Boomers “ - huh! )
The list - it’s the “ I Don’t Have Time For That “ list.
It’s the list of labor intensive tasks that sit outside the immediate “ Fun stuff “ - and all that ever-so-unfortunate “ Necessary Crap “ ( example - employment ) which they absolutely cannot manage to escape. ( poor thangs! )
What they don’t realize is - you have to work to save money - just as much as you have to work to make money! The only difference in that equation - there’s nobody else giving you the paycheck for the work you do to save the money. The one giving you that paycheck is - yourself!
Are we all losing self-respect and devaluing ourselves?
Ya’ get out there and work in a vegetable garden - short story end result is - you’re doing something to help save money at the grocery store and the doctor. Barack Obama just had his physical done this week. Here’s an example that would scare the living hell out of him!!
Head of lettuce in the grocery store - $1.19 each ( You get 1 head of lettuce that you have to hurry up and eat! )
Pack of Lettuce seed - $1.95 ( You get rows loaded with heads of lettuce to share with several people - that you get to go pick when you need and want it - for much longer than that one you bought at the grocery store! )
And let me tell you something about the lettuce around here. I got so mad when I found out Dwayne threw it in the trash before I could get a picture of it - but…
I had a head of lettuce in our refrigerator - stored in a gallon-size Ziploc bag. I never cut the end off. Simply washed it really good - drained - patted dry with paper towels - and stored it inside the bag.
He threw that head of lettuce away about two weeks ago. Now - this is February - 2010 - alright ?
I bought the damn thing in SEPTEMBER - 2009 - just before my in-laws came up from Texas !!!
There was only a little bit of brown wilt on the outer layer of leaves when Dwayne threw it away. Yeah - I know. Sounds gross - leaving something in the fridge that long. We just don’t eat sandwiches that much. And all the other salad stuff is not in season. And - I just - forgot about the dad-gum thing - okay?!
I bought this head of lettuce at - WalMart. And there seems to be a common denominator going on here.
We tried buying Grainger County tomatoes at - WalMart - last year. Everybody around here goes simply ga-ga over Grainger County tomatoes when they come into season every year. The supply stocked at WalMart had red flags going up with me - already. It just seemed a bit early for that many tomatoes to be out on the shelves. It was hard to believe these tomatoes we bought were from Grainger County.
And I should have followed that red flag. They were red. They had absolutely no flavor.
WalMart likes to buy in bulk from their suppliers. And they don’t like to pay for what they buy. I will be bold enough to ask. Could it be possible - our farmers have become the wiser? Could it be possible - our farmers have found ways to give ‘em only what they’re paying for?
Either way - WalMart continues sticking that same outrageous price on the goods - and the money is coming out of our wallets!
Does it make you wonder about - just exactly what that was - that you ate?
I will be buying my Grainger County Tomatoes from the Maryville location of Horn of Plenty - as I always did - before I began growing my own - and as I always do - before my own come ready for harvest. They make the best fried green tomatoes!!!