Mass Shootings and Social Media Reaction

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Originally posted on Facebook on 2/17/2018

The shooting that happened in Florida is a sad affair as is any shooting. What’s even more sad is people’s polarized reactions to what happened on Facebook and other social media outlets.

Blindly sharing memes in support and against gun control and other contributing factors is not helping anything. These memes (often times oversimplifying the reasons for the shooting such as “God is not allowed in schools anymore” “More people are killed by falling down their stairs than byintruders in their homes” just to name a few) do not help and in fact, inflame or enrage people on both sides; and so the cycle continues.

If you are for gun control, do something about it. Call your congressman, push for legislation.

If you are against gun control, do something about it. Call your congressman, push for legislation.

If you want God in the schools, organize a group at your church, temple, mosque, or other religious institution to form an outreach committee to see how they can help the schools, teachers, staff, parents and students cope and understand.

The bottom line is, don’t be rude without knowing it and post meme’s or posts with questionable validity and think you’ve done your part. You haven’t. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear, but if you want change, make change happen.

Facebook Memory from One Year Ago Today

Originally posted on Facebook on 12/24/2016:

I’ve been thinking a lot about this day. In a lot of ways I have been looking forward to it, yet in other ways I have been fearing the memories of this date one year ago. I am choosing to embrace this day as the day that I was given a second chance. I will not ruin it.

One year ago, I got really sick; I had been sick for a few weeks, but it got really bad a year ago. Piper and I went to the doctor’s office before they closed. It was there that the doctor told me I had acute pancreatitis and needed to be admitted to the hospital.

For brevity sake, I will say that three days later I was in UNMC in Omaha for what would end up being almost a month.

The doctors took great care of me during this time and it is only recently that I have really come to understand the seriousness of my illness. Sepsis took hold as memories faded; there was a very real chance that I might not have made it.

Thanks to the care of the doctors and the nursing staff as well as a strong will to survive, I fought off my illness and about 6 to 9 months later, was back to full strength. I feel better now than I have in years. I have embraced a healthier lifestyle which includes giving up alcohol, eating healthier and exercising. The stress I put myself through has vanished as I picked up a healthier mental health lifestyle.

I would like to thank all of you who were thinking of me, praying for me or visited me. Without all this support, I don’t think I would be here now. It was not just my doctors, nurses nor myself alone that was responsible for my recovery but instead, all of you who gave me the strength to carry on and fight.

As most of you know, I love quotes so as I close, I want to leave you with this one that I try to remember every time I have flashbacks to that time in the hospital or have fears that I am going to get sick again. Thank you once again one and all.

“Fear doesn’t prevent death. It prevents life.”
― Naguib Mahfouz

Why I Stopped Saying “Busy” and Started Saying “Productive”

From the Archives – originally published on: 01/17/2017

One of my transformation in the last year, really the last quarter of last year, was to stop saying that I was busy. My wife or someone else would ask me how my day was and my typical response was, “It was busy.”

It was true that I had a lot of work to do, but all my recent work has been goal driven and purposeful; I did not have much if any busy work.

bus·y·work
ˈbizēˌwərk
noun: busy-work
work that keeps a person busy but has little value in itself.

So what has been my response when challenged with these questions? It’s simple, really, I have been telling people that my day was “productive”. The word “Productive” is one of those powerful words in the English language. It has the benefit of, once in the habit of using it, reinforcing the goals of the person who is using it to describe his/her day.

pro·duc·tive
prəˈdəktiv
adjective: doing or achieving a lot: working hard and getting good results

Working without a goal is just work, there is no purpose other than to make money. It will ultimately be flat and sour no matter how much money one makes. Working with goals gives you the chance to see real-life accomplishments; to cross off items and projects from to do lists which acts as an extremely powerful motivator, stress reliever, and productivity reinforcer.

Some of the happiest people, career-wise, that I have seen have been in the field of construction. Why is that? Because construction is an inherently goal driven field. The construction company gets a contract and a set of plans to build a building. Tasks need to be completed during the construction phase such as a foundation being poured, framing, plumbing, electricity, etc. Each one of these tasks gets checked off giving the crew a sense of accomplishment. Once the building is complete, that project can be marked as completed; the goal has been achieved and the crew was productive.

The flip side of that coin are some office jobs that require the employee to do the same thing day in and day out, these are often temporary jobs. Doing the same thing day in and day out is just passing a widget back and forth. Sure you could mark the pass as complete, but there is another, exact same widget right around the corner.

So what am I mumbling on about here? Simply put, try to be productive, not busy.

That is my thought for the day.