Do. Your. Duty. (Yes, I Mean You!)

We all have a duty to do and the time has come to “put our big boy and big girl pants on” and do it!

Quite honestly I’m sick of hearing people throw their hands up and ask what else they can do. Do your duty! Yes,  we all have a duty no matter who we are, where we are, what we’ve gone through or what color our skin is! Do your damn duty!

That policeman kneeling on Georg Floyd’s neck had the responsibility to do his duty to serve and protect everyone!

The 3 other police on the scene had the responsibility to do their duty to stop a murder and save a life.

The person who realized they had a camera to capture this tragic injustice happening had the duty to record it for others to see.

The men and women who were moved to prayer by seeing Mr. Floyd’s death had the duty to enter that solemn state.

The men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia have been charged with failing to do their sacred duty.

A White Nationalist who ran down Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia also failed to do his duty in life.

The men and women who felt moved to protest these injustices had the duty to go out and let their voices be heard.

All people had the duty to make sure their words and actions showed honor and respect for Mr. Floyd and all others who have been killed and violated.

The men and women who decided to set fire to cars and businesses failed to do their duty.

The men and women who decided to break a $2000 storefront windows or loot local stores that in other times provided a lifeline to the community, failed their duty.

Those politicians who spew messages of divisiveness and macho hate have failed to do their duty.

Those people and politicians who have said nothing to help the situation and are hiding within their silence have failed to do their duty.

Those politicians and followers who are using their energies and words and actions to bring America together are doing their duty.

Those who are checking in regularly on those who might be scared and filled with anxiety, if only to let them know they’re not alone, are doing their duty.

Those who get up everyday and resolve to continue to not only battle the civil unrest in their towns and this country but also to battle the Coronavirus Pandemic (that now has amazingly taken a back seat) continue to do their duty.

Those who in some way, any way, many ways are helping those who need help are doing their duty.

Those who talk about helping or wishing they could help are failing to do their duty.

We all have a duty to do whether it is professional, personal, humanistic or directed toward ourselves, our friends, families, environment, country the world and more! We all have a duty that is baked within us. We all have the responsibility to do our duty. We also have the responsibility to see others who we may or may not like, and accept that some of them aren’t doing their duty, accept that some are definitely doing their duty and seeing how we can join with others and begin to do our duty!

Peace

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy

Gregg


I don’t recall giving anybody permission to risk my life!

If we could actually see the Coronavirus, we’d be a lot less likely to act like a complete idiot! Think about it. We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic that kills people. KILLS PEOPLE! Now consider that there are people leading protests with no masks or social distancing because they want to be able to get their hair cut! People storming State Capitals while heavily armed! They remembered all their weapons and ammo but forgot their face masks and what social distancing is and does! (Did they bring all those AK’s and deer rifles and hand guns to shoot the virus?) People who maintain the Coronavirus is no worse than the flu and deaths will soon go down to zero and will “miraculously just go away once April comes.” All of this while not wearing a mask even at mask factories or while standing next to WWII veterans!

These people are not only risking their lives, they’re risking our lives! I don’t know about you, but I don’t recall giving anybody permission to risk my life! I’ve tried to understand why these people are acting this way. I get it, we’re all frustrated and want what “normal” once was. These people can’t really believe that the Coronavirus can be bullied or ignored or lied into oblivion, can they? They can’t be that stupid or uncaring right? Maybe they just can’t imagine something they can’t see. You know, “If I can’t see it, it don’t exist” kind of thing.

So…instead of the Coronavirus, imagine being in our current situation but with thousands and thousands of terrorists in every city and town who want to kill all of us, but especially our elderly. They’ll follow all of us home and try to get inside and attack who they can. Now, would you send your kids outside without protection? Would you take the chance of going out and then leading them back to your mom and dad or grandparents? Still want that haircut?

How about this, what if each virus was big enough to see and red in color? Would you skip the mask because you still don’t believe they exist? Would you “take the chance” that nothing will happen on a quick trip to the nail salon? Would you visit your parents and grandparents even though you had some virus attached to your shoes or clothes or grocery store bags? Still think it’ll go away in April? (Which FYI…was last month.)

Finally, how about if your work everyday was trying valiantly 12 hours a day to keep people from falling into a Coronavirus coma or having to be intubated only to see them die a painful and lonely death with only hospital personnel in full protected gear around them? No family. No hand holding. No conversation. Would you think twice about not wearing a mask as you stand next to a WWII veteran?

Look, I get it. The economy has crashed. We’re all scared and frustrated, losing money and unsure. If you’re not, you should be. But putting others lives at risk because you want what’s good for you and to hell with everybody else, is not only wrong, it’s immoral.

When all of this is over, and it will be over at some point, remember those people who have been willing to gamble with your life! Remember those “friends” who put your lives at risk along with your kids, your mom and dad and grandparents lives too. They’ll pretend like nothing ever happened but remember. Remember those mayors and council members, State Reps and Governors, Congressmen and women along with administration officials and our President who chose to deflect facts and play with our lives in order to pay off past promises or get reelected. They’ll pretend like nothing ever happened and they were always working for you. Remember.

Nope, I don’t recall giving anybody permission to risk my life! Have you given anyone permission to risk you life? Facts are facts, you might not like them but we must accept them in order to move forward. Don’t believe me? Well, I can think of more than 70 thousand people in this country who would have disagreed with you, if they could have had the chance to… before they died.

Peace
…..Gregg


Stop Whining And Start Living!

Stop Whining About Having To Stay Home

Stop whining about having to stay home due to the Coronavirus. I’ve got to say, I’m really tired of seeing and hearing people on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, on texts and emails go on and on about how much their life sucks now because they have to stay home!

So, let’s start by asking some questions.
•Is it a change you didn’t expect? Yep!
•Is it a time of uncertainty like we’ve probably not experienced before? Yep!
•Is it scary and frustrating? Yep!
•Is it tough to be laid off or fired or have your business closed? Yep!
•Is it mentally, spiritually and even sometimes physically hard to abide by the social distancing and self-isolation regulations? Yep!

Are all of these worth whining about? Nope! We have more questions that need to be asked. For instance…

•Are these restrictions asking you to work in a place where others come to be healed from this virus? A place where every instant you are there, you might be infected? (If the answer is yes then you can whine and bitch all you want! You are a hero!)

•Are you working in an essential business where you are in danger of contracting this virus and possibly infecting your family? (If the answer is yes then you can whine and bitch all you want! You are a hero!)

Have you been asked to relocate to a hostile place where others want to shoot, stab or blow you up? (If the answer is yes then you can whine and bitch all you want! You are a hero!)

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