Who’s Gonna Bail Me Out?

It’s been a long time since I posted a rant so I guess today’s the day. All these big companies are looking to Congress these days to bail them out. Granted, I understand what will happen to the economy if these companies do go under, but come on!

Where’s my bail out?

I get a measley $900 or so as part of an economic stimulus package (that apparently didn’t work, I’m still understimulated; i.e. broke!) and these companies get who knows how many times that. Well, a math person would know, but I just don’t feel like sitting and figuring all that out.

All Congress asked the car companies to do was cut salaries and they couldn’t do it. Or their union reps said they couldn’t do it. They may be bankrupt by the end of the year.

All those people out of work.

It’s a shame.

But, really, is it our government’s place to bail out all these companies?

And the more important question is, when is somebody going to do this for me? For the people who can’t afford new cars anymore? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. People in my tax bracket are the ones that take these hits the hardest. We make too much money for any kind of assistance, but yet we struggle month to month to put gas in our cars and food on the table. 

And no one bails us out.

Maybe we’re just too busy working two and three jobs that we’re too tired to go to Washington and make our voices heard.

I was watching a comedian last night, Kat Williams. He was talking about gas prices and he said there’s something wrong with America when you have to start making important life decisions at the gas pump.

“Did I eat today?”

And although slightly exaggerated, but not much. And although gas prices are going down, the economy isn’t getting any better. I don’t know about you guys, but everyone I know is really having to cut corners this year for Christmas.

It makes me really worry about the upcoming year(s).

Is our new administration going to make a difference?

I’m not talking about throwing money at me.

What about affordable health care for a change? What about tax cuts? What about long lasting changes that will help long after a check is spent? Throwing money around doesn’t change anything. It’s a temporary fix.

And if we continue to throw money at these big companies without any change what’s going to happen?

Nothing will ever change.

I’m glad there’s been major changes in the government. I want to SEE change. To be honest, when I voted, I voted for the one who wasn’t presently in office. It’s time for change. What we’re doing now obviously isn’t working.

Anyway, that’s enough of a rant for today.

It’s time for me to get some rest and relaxation before another hectic work week. 🙂

Here’s to change! May the upcoming New Year bring lots of change!

Positive change!

Peace!

I’m out!

Endings and Beginnings

“This is a story about a man named Eddie and it begins at the end, with Eddie dying in the sun. It might seem strange to start a story with an ending. But all endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”—from The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of this book after my brother passed away. She said I probably wouldn’t want to read it now, but one day, when I was ready, she said I would.

So, I hugged her, thanked her, and placed the book on my bookshelf. And it sat there. And sat there. And sat there some more.

I’d pick it up occasionally. I’d look at it. I’d think about reading it. And then I’d put it back down.

For three years it sat on my book case collecting dust. I thought many times about trading it in for something I’d actually read, but always changed my mind.

Last year, one of my students was reading it. She told me it was one of the best books she’d ever read. So, I decided to give it a try. I came home. Picked it up, dusted it off, and opened it up.

And I don’t think I put it down more than twice until I finished it.

If you’ve never read it, you should. It is a story about Eddie and it does start with his death. After he dies, he goes on to meet five people whose lives he impacted.

I picked up the book again recently. I was teaching a lesson on writing a good “hook” and I was looking for some good examples. I again picked up this book, which now resides in my classroom library, and read again the opening line.

What a profound thought. All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.

I pondered it, knew I would end up blogging about it, and was just letting it simmer in the back of my mind. I had so many things I wanted to say, and I wasn’t quite sure which ones I really wanted to say.

Friday night, with these thoughts still fermenting, I ran into a group of old acquantainces. These acquantainces were part of an old relationship, a long time ago. I sat there with these people that represented another part of my old life, and sat there with a person who represents a part of my new life.

It was almost like a weird Christmas Carol thing. I could almost see what life could’ve been like if I’d stayed on one path. And I could see what my life is like now.

Which do I prefer?

My life now.

That particular path ending made me choose another. It darn sure wasn’t the easiest path to take, but it was the right one. And I learned so many lessons from each and every bump, crater, and dead end I hit.

That ending created a new beginning for me. It was a long beginning. But hey, I’ve always said I’m stubborn when it comes to learning lessons. 🙂

I’m sure I’ll have many other endings in my life, we all will. But, each and every time something ends for me, I’ll think of the potentially wonderful beginnings. 🙂

For now, it’s Sunday and I hear the cajun beats of Whiskey River calling my name.

Here’s to beginnings, endings, and the spaces in between.

Cheers!

I’m out!