Life's Like That - May 12, 2013
We went into the little HEB store today. The first thing we saw was a rack with about 30 hula hoops for sale. I suppose there is no more venerable toy, especially for swingers, as is a hula hoop. I thought to myself, and then said to Lucille, “There is a perfect example of what comes around goes around… or is it what goes around comes around?”
Which leads me into my thought for the day, it is Mother's Day and it seems to come around mighty fast. With just one more of the reminders of the passage of time.
So let me start by wishing all of the mothers a very happy Mother’s Day 2013. It is only right that we should honor mothers — but not just once a year. We need to honor our mothers every day. We should do that, not because we have to but
because it's the right thing to do. For no other reason than they put up
with us every day.
We could do a lot of good in this world that seems to be falling apart. I can’t help but wonder what the world would be like if we began to practice doing the right thing. If you look at our laws you will discover that they mandate
something that is obviously the right thing to do. We wonder why we need the law to tell us to begin doing things the right way. The Americans with Disabilities Act is an outstanding example. It was signed into law in 1990.
There was a time when people with disabilities were treated almost like they were some kind of freak. They were to be kept out of sight. A great human resource reserve was being ignored. These were men and women with fine minds and easily adapted to use emerging technology.
It was a “no brainer” to find a way to put them to productive work. It was the right thing to do. Yet to this day, there are business owners and city planners trying to find loopholes to save a few bucks.
In one of my careers I was the director of human resources in a very large corporation. I became well acquainted with the many regulations covering employee relationships. There are a certain number of people in the community whose world revolves around themselves and their desire to satisfy their own appetites for the three great emotional drivers of the day, sex, money and sex.
There is another group of people in our community who stay out of trouble
but they watch that group that seems to be having all the fun. It’s here that the community needs to pay the most attention. If this latter group gets the feeling that the first group is getting away with it, the second group tends to join the first and then we really have a problem.
At the same time there is the large body of citizens who obey the law, and stay out of trouble. Fortunately throughout our history this has been a larger group.
This is the group that is guardian of the folkways and mores of our culture.
I am just enough of an optimist to believe most of our people are good citizens of the community. They are honest, hard-working men and women. We owe it to them to make our community safe.
I have wandered a long way from Mother’s Day. Moms, I apologize for that but there are some things here that I felt needed to be said. I hope you won’t mind because the idea is to make our society safer for you, your children, and your city. Have a wonderful Mother's Day.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” (Exodus 20:12) “Honor your father and your
mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.” (Deuteronomy 5:16, AMP)
Anything God said twice is probably worth listening to. In His word this command is repeated many times.
After more than 20 years, this is Jerry Bullock’s final column for the Daily Record. Jerry is a retired Air Force colonel, an ordained Baptist minister,
professional counselor, military historian, speaker, and writer. He is a
native Texan tracing his Texas roots to the days of the Republic.