Developing a good relationship with your tools is so very key to success. An understanding of the nuances of your tools brings accuracy, contrary to what the salesperson at the shop might try to tell you. This understanding, this relationship you might say, only comes through practice.
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It requires more than just voting in order to practice informed citizenship. You
cannot only tune-in every 2-4 years and hope that you’ll have more than a narrow understanding of the issues.
The world is complex and deferring your civic responsibility to others isn’t going to make you satisfied with the actions of the government.
You might not be a bad citizen if this is what you choose to do, but you won’t be an informed citizen.
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The human story that shreds the heart of so many, also seems to bring out the vile ugliness of others.
When people feel a burning need to promote and protect themselves at the expense of another, we see the ugly nature of humanity in its fullness. Turning away from this ugly sight does not absolve one from its contaminants. Like an insidious disease, you either fight it or succumb to it, you do not simply ignore it hoping it will go away.
In a politically charged environment, remaining silent can be just as politically volatile as voicing an opinion. Therefore, it is better to stand and be counted rather than hide behind silence.
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We often have to mingle with people who share common interests but who may not be the most agreeable to us or to our sensibilities.
However, some people are toxic in nature and those who support them and continue to mingle with them often times become toxic by association.
Toxicity should never be something we feel obliged to ingest.
Many people seem to think that it is being immature to distance one’s self from toxic personalities and toxic behaviors.
The real immaturity is found in those who make excuses for the toxic.
We should remember that it takes very little poison to ruin the well from which we all drink. Therefore, we all need to be conscientious stewards of the well.
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The sun is always present
even if the clouds work to convince us otherwise.
It takes courage and it takes perseverance to make a change – and many more hard-fought battles after the first has ended.
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