Let Spicey Dance.

So, I was reading this morning where people are calling for a boycott of this season’s Dancing with the Stars because former White House Spokesman, Sean Spicer is one of the contestants.  REALLY?  Come on people don’t we have more important things to worry about than this?

I mean the real travesty here is that we have now gone through 28 seasons of a show and they actually call these people stars.  But that’s not the purpose of this post, I digress.

At some point we as Americans have got to stop getting butt-hurt over silliness like this.  The political left preaches inclusiveness, that is until someone who disagrees with them speaks out or gets recognized or God forbid dances on a silly TV show.

It’s all good and nice to tout how inclusive you are, but if you are going to talk the talk, at some point you have to walk the walk and understand not everyone sees things the same way you do….. and either accept it or get over it but stop the cry-baby crap and move on!

If we as Americans are going to really be inclusive, we have got to start accepting differing viewpoints, it doesn’t always have to be our way or no way.  That isn’t what our country was built on, but it certainly is what our country is being torn apart by.

And you folks on the right, don’t get all puffed chest because I called out the left on this one.  You are just as bad, you will boycott a brand, burn an album and turn your back on one of your own so fast it will make one’s head swim.  All it takes is a simple disagreement with what you believe at the moment and BAM, they are dead to you.  (Ironically, sometimes the folks you turn against really are dead.)

Do we not all see the lunacy of this?  We have become a nation of butt-hurt folks walking around just looking to be offended by the next person who speaks out, has a differing opinion or heaven forbid straps on a pair of dancing shoes.

It’s time we started acting like Americans again, not political parties.  Grow up, understand that we are at our best when we work together and LISTEN to each other.

There isn’t anything wrong with having a difference of opinion, what IS wrong is when we won’t even allow the other side to express it.  Who know’s maybe if we listened more and got offended less we might all find solutions to the issues in our world that really matter.

And that my friends is the end of my tantrum…. y’all go back to pouting now!

Life’s Playlist…. What the World Needs Now performed by Sara Bareilles

On this date in 1995, America was attacked, by our own citizens.

I can recall the moment I heard about the Oklahoma City Bombing, I was sitting in my office at Carey Special Events in Atlanta, like with many horrific events in our nation’s history, it took some time for the devastation to sink in.

American citizens drove a moving truck into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  The moving truck was a bomb, the impending carnage killed 168 Americans.

Over the next hours and days, the heartbreak of Oklahoma City encompassed our nation and when the reality of those lost, including toddlers in a preschool became known, the nation mourned.

Since Oklahoma City, there have been many more incidents of national tragedy, tomorrow will mark the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

We get a lot right in America, but sadly we also get a lot wrong.  Hopefully one day we really will understand, what the world needs is love, sweet love.

Life’s Playlist…. Go Rest High On That Mountain by Vince Gill

 

 

Life’s Playlist… Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie

As I write this on Monday night, Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s health is failing, she is surrounded by those she loves and as reported by her family “her spirit and grace is strong.”

Barbara Bush served our country in many ways and her love for the United States has always been obvious.

Never glamorous, never showy, but always a class act.

Barbara Bush could be described as America’s grandmother, she and her family have my prayers during this difficult time.

Thank you Mrs. Bush, you have served your nation well.

Life’s Playlist… Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

On Saturday, Coach Ted Law passed away.  Coach Law was a good man and at 90, lived a full life.

Coach Law, was a teacher and basketball coach at our High School for many years.  Many of my counterparts remember Coach Law from those endeavors, I remember him for a different one.

My primary memories of Coach Law are as a Sunday School Teacher.  When I was a kid, he was my Sunday School teacher in 6th and 7th grade.

At a time when young boys are our most impressionable, when we are raging with hormones and learning who we are, Coach Law took us under his wing and helped shape us into young men.

In class, Coach Law ran a tight ship, he did the same in Sunday School class.  There was no room for disrespect, foolishness or idle hands, we were expected to be mannerly and engaged in the lessons.

During those years I was receiving perfect attendance pins each year in my Sunday School class.  When I had my tonsils out, Coach Law piled the class into his car and brought them to our house so I didn’t miss class.  That’s the kind of man he was.

More than just Bible lessons, Coach Law taught us about life, how to be good citizens and how to lead a life of faith and he walked the walk, leading by example.

Coach Ted Law was a good man, he will be missed and his impact on our community will be felt for years to come.  I am indebted to Coach Law for the guidance he gave, his compassion and gentle spirit.

Thanks Coach, for a man who inspired and taught us how to live lives of respect, you will most be remembered as a man who exemplified humble and kind.