A bit of a bit

Well I’m all moved.

Again!

It feels like I’ve been packing and unpacking for two years straight. We’ve finally settled into our new home in Cave Creek Arizona and I’m pretty happy to be in one place for awhile. The rental was beginning to become a headache and reminded me why I shouldn’t be renting at 39 anymore. I actually got in a shouting match with the landlord! Contrary to popular belief I’m not big on shouting. I’d rather just shoot die looks.

We love Cave Creek. It’s quiet, beautiful sunsets, and in two weeks I’ve only waved at one neighbor once.

Paradise to me!

Parts of it even feel like Colorado again like all the horses and ranches. It’s been hot as balls though and I’ve been running again which is torture in this heat. I like it though, no snow!!!

Got a new phone too! I’m so behind on tech which is really odd considering I’m an IT director, but I do love this new iPhone. Forgot my wordpress password and had to change it, I missed the virtual connection.

-OM

Empathy

Empathy isn’t sympathy necessarily. It’s the ability to recognize the presence of an emotional state even if you don’t understand why it’s present or what caused it. A society, a country, a world cannot grow closer together if the parts that create it don’t come to recognize what makes it. Empathy is a great beginning to making that growth start.

“That’s not my problem.”

“Those aren’t my people”

“Why should I care?”

These are the thoughts that counteract the very action required to start to care. We should care because we are human and in many cases if we can replace the object of scrutiny with our own image we might begin to see why it matters.

But that’s hard to do for various reasons. It’s not an easy thing to take ourselves out of our own comfort zone and to force ourselves to be uncomfortable for a second. Sometimes that second is all it takes to learn a little bit of empathy.

To realize sometimes what’s really important in the moment isn’t always about ourselves.

-Opinionated Man

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I blame my weight gain on scotch and the fact that they don’t put the calories on the bottle. If they don’t print it, it doesn’t exist.

Cheese grits at 10 pm probably doesn’t help either…

-OM