Article by Wendy McCance
I have been thinking about an incident that happened yesterday. It really got me thinking about what has become of our society. My husband and I went to a funeral yesterday. The funeral was scheduled for 11:30am. There were 3 calls that morning for my husband from his company because of problems with machines. The people calling wanted my husband to do some troubleshooting for them over the phone to see if these problems could be solved. On the drive to the funeral, a fourth call came in. My husband told the caller from his company that he was on his way to the funeral and that he couldn’t talk right now. The person on the other end said, “oh good” and continued on with their conversation. I was dumbfounded. You have to understand that my husband doesn’t have a corporate position at this company. He makes half the money that he made when working at the auto plant on the line. None of these callers apologized for the intrusion. No one gave their condolences.
What the heck is happening to our society. These days finding a job is tough. Finding a job that pays a decent wage is tougher. Finding a job where the company has a heart and doesn’t act as though they own you is unheard of. These companies know they have the upper hand. They know how hard finding a job is. They play the game of trying to get someone to work for them for the least amount possible while taking advantage of your time because quite frankly, where else are you going to find a paycheck. My husband wasn’t paid for his time helping his company yesterday. There was no embarrassment from interrupting a sacred day. There was no sympathy or kind words.
Later in the day I read an article about the disgust military personal have when they come back from their tour of duty and see people acting rude and self-serving. Complaining about waiting in a line or being inconvenienced because an order at the local coffee shop made a mistake with their order. These men and woman feel that we have no idea how much worse life can be and they are right. There is no gratitude for what we have. The idea of enjoying the simple pleasures of a life that is full of freedom, little violence and endless possibilities regarding what you can do with your life are simply lost on these people.
I hope that in reading this blog, you will take a moment to feel grateful for what you DO have. Trust me, no matter how bad things might be, they are worse in some other countries to a magnitude that we can’t even fathom.
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