Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I don't get it...

John McCain's campaign is floundering and apparently this is all the responsibility of his campaign managers. The assumption seems to be that there is no question about Senator McCain's appeal to the American people. Public approval for the Senator is out there, if these people would just do their job and access it.

I assume that these people are above average in intelligence, or they wouldn't have secured the job. I imagine that the sole focus of their attention -- as it is their job -- is to secure and expand the public's approval of Senator McCain. I presume that they have been doing everything in their power to accomplish this goal...

It seems to me that the one thing that might make them unsuccessful is that Senator McCain's appeal to the American people is not so widespread as was hoped. Uh....Maybe people just don't want him to be president...

I don't think that is the campaign manager's fault -- or any one's "fault" for that matter. I thought campaigns were about learning about the candidates and making choices (There is some rejection implied there, folks!) But apparently it is assumed that if you run for president, it is only your support staff that can cost you the election...not your convictions, your character, your experience, your actions...

Okay...maybe I do get it...but I really don't like it!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

I’m not living right...


I just spent the morning attending the memorial service of a dear aunt, and upon reflecting on her life, that is my conclusion. I’m not living right...


Aunt Gert suffered in her youth the loss of her mother; later, the crushing loss of her son to war in Vietnam; the early death of her beloved husband; a heart attack; and then endured the consequences of a debilitating stroke. The notation in the margin of her Bible, penned after the death of her son: "Lord help me not become bitter!!"


And she did not...I presume this lack of bitterness was not just a gift that floated out of heaven to lay on her shoulders like a mantle of peace, but rather the result of daily battles against it, hard-fought, with gut-wrenching determination and not a few tears...


No, I’m not living right...I marinate in bitterness, thinking it my right. I suffuse my mind with cynicism, thinking myself bright. I criticize and judge, bemoan and regret...and a lot of times, I hate my life.


Aunt Gert, who chose gratefulness and trust, over bitterness and cynicism, also noted on paper, "I love life!" And now that is her legacy, a heritage passed on to her children, and to all the others who loved her...I sat in that church today surrounded by a community who gathered to appreciate her, to love her grieving children, to thank God for all that He had given our little world when he gave her to us – and I was ashamed of my sinful heart...ashamed of my faithlessness...ashamed of my weakness to fail to live with purpose...


Aunt Gert, thanks for the admonition once again . Thanks for showing me the end from the beginning...It is a better path, and I will change course to walk on it.

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Needing an outlet for various thoughts rattling in my head, I've created two blogs -- One about my real life (leslieisverbose.blogspot.com) and one where I can vent. (leslievents.blogspot.com)