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There’s a low rumbling in America today.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably noticed.  Kind of like the undertones of thunder just before a big storm.  We are hearing and seeing the disgruntled thoughts of many people.  From the election drama to the Black Lives Matter movement to the way we are handling the crisis in the Aleppo and beyond.  To be blunt, people are pissed.  Some of you may think we are already amidst the storm, but I really don’t think so.  I don’t make light of the anger or the demonstrations, peaceful or otherwise, currently clogging all of our newsfeeds.  But, for lack of better terms, we ain’t seen nothing yet.

 

You see, we are all caught up in a thought trap today.  Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, we have established for ourselves a parameter of mindset that we will be darned to remove ourselves from. “This is how it is!”   Am I right?  Many of us blatantly refuse to consider stepping aboard any other thought trains.

 

So, this raises a question for me – Why?   Why must our opinions remain steadfast?  Why does it have to be one way or another?  This or that.  Black or white.  Furthermore, who decided that progressives and conservatives should start throwing the playbook at one another?  These are precarious times.  We currently have people who want to transform society and others who want to bring back the older more traditional ways.   Welcome to the thought trap.   What to choose?  That is the question.

 

I see value in both sides of the argument, don’t you? There’s something really special about upholding and continuing traditions that built up and held together one of the world’s greatest superpowers.  However, there is also something thought provoking about the word “change”.  Sometimes it’s uncomfortable, but even the noblest of ideas started out as a prototype and had to go through tweaks and upgrades.  Of course we don’t need to throw the baby out with the bath water.  But at the same time, as a country we cannot stay the same as the world changes around us.  At an alarming pace, too, I might add.

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Failure.  We so often associate this word with a sense of impending doom.  Like if you failed to reach that one goal you set for yourself, then you must really suck at life.  Been there.  And then once it happens – once you’ve made that proverbial faceplant – your first reaction is to peace out of the whole venture, right?  Who wants to feel like a ‘has been’?  Or like the “fat guy” forever stuck in Chris Farley’s little coat?

I can assure you, that kiddie pool of self-pity you may be wading in is large enough for all of us.  So move over and let me share a little nonsensical wisdom.  Here are 5 surefire ways to know that you aren’t actually failing at life:

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