Ah, perspective – something that seems to be sorely lacking in the country these days, it seems. People freak out over the least little slight, real or perceived, and even our presidential candidates – well, one of them, anyway – is a freakin’ poster boy in that regard.
Yep, sometimes we just need to have an attitude adjustment, a little perspective, on the situation at hand.
For a non-political example (for which you may thank me in this insane political season in which we find ourselves) allow me to offer one from personal experience. I mentioned recently that things were going along swimmingly with the building of our new house. Well, that was then. Shortly after I wrote that, it turned out that there had been a major miscommunication between our Project Manager and the surveyor. The builder had just changed surveying companies, and the Manager was working with a whole new company. The timeline the Manager had with the old company he assumed he had with the new one.
Well, you know what they say about “assume,” right? Well, in this case, that is exactly what happened.
The Manager thought the surveyor had shot the Flood Elevation and had already applied the bond beam and built the joists for the floor. Turns out that NOPE, that elevation was not shot, and the foundation was 1 1/2 feet short to accommodate the extra 2 feet the County of Charleston added to the flood elevation levels after our “Thousand Year Flood” last year.
Bear in mind we live in both a hurricane and earthquale prone area, which means hurricane “straps” (metal) and brackets have to be applied throughout the foundation, attached to the joists, and more. All that was done.
As it turns out, after the structural engineer got done working his magic, the foundation will be even stronger than before. They figured out how to anchor the additional three courses of cinder blocks to the existing foundation and are getting on it.Whew.
So yeah, it set us back a few days, and while we have to pay for the additional courses of blocks, we would have had to do that anyway. The BONUS of being up a couple feet higher is the new “perspective.” That is to say, we will be up higher which will allow us to have an even better view of the marsh and creek. So while it was a difficult thing to hear initially, especially in terms of time lines, as it turns out, it will be a good thing in terms of capturing more of the view. Bonus!
Oh, and another bonus is that our dock builder informed us yesterday that instead of us having to wait until next week for the dock to be started (after almost 4 months of waiting), they were going to be able to start it yesterday instead. Woohoo – talk about a change in perspective.
So, that’s my personal change and attitude adjustment, but I am not the only one focusing on perspective. And yeah, I am talking about politics again (surely you knew my NOT talking about politics wasn’t going to last long, am I right?).
But for once, this is a welcome change in perspective when it comes to this election. And it comes via students at Liberty University. As you may recall, their President, Jerry Falwell, Jr., doubled down on his support of Sexual Predator Donald Trump even after it was revealed that Trump was unrepentant in that criminal, immoral, unethical, sinful proclivity. Wow.
Often we have lamented where young people are these days in terms of their “snowflakiness” refusal to hear anything that might offend their delicate sensibilities, their focus on emotionality over intellectuality, and their movement away from religion toward dangerous political ideologies like Socialism. We have voiced concerns about how that will affect the future of the nation.
Well, it seems not all is lost as these young folks from Liberty University demonstrate in this piece from the Washington Post on their President, Donald Trump, and the election:
Yet we feel that too many in the church have been bitten by election-year hysteria. Since the birth of Christ, Christians have withstood far more serious trials and tribulations than we face today. First-century Christians faced coliseums filled with lions; today, American Christians face the possibility of a liberal Supreme Court. The Christian message of salvation through faith in Christ has prevailed despite actual threats, from actual tyrants, and it will continue to thrive no matter who is elected president in 2016.
This knowledge is encouraging, considering the main options on the ballot. If Clinton has proved to be dishonest, Trump has given dishonesty new meaning. Evangelical conservatives who vote for Trump to get a favorable Supreme Court must realize that doing so requires trusting the words of the most unabashedly untruthful presidential candidate in modern history. Trump has changed his position on nearly every issue of importance at least once, sometimes mid-speech. There is little reason to believe that he is worried about the same issues we are. It makes more sense to believe that Trump is happy many Christians are worried because it allows him to do what all demagogues do: offer strength in a time of fear.
Trump is the antithesis of our values; there is no reason to revisit his vices here. Most non-Christians recognize Trump as amoral and self-centered. If we ignore this fact and buy in to his promise of strength, what will it tell the world about how seriously we Christians esteem our values? […] (Click here to read the rest.)
How’s THAT for a little perspective?? True that about what it will show the world if Christians, and other people of faith, support a man like Trump or a woman like Clinton As the students pointed out – correctly – there are other choices on the ballot for whom one can vote and NOT tread on one’s conscience.
It seems President Falwell could learn a thing or two from these young people. I reckon we all could. I mean, really – if early day Christians could survive the lions’ den, surely we can survive these vipers. Who knows – maybe we will come out stronger for having gone through this trial. One can hope and pray that is the case.
It’s all about perspective…
This is an Open Thread.