By Kenneth Justice
~ Okay…..this is really kind of eerie….I swear we’ve been down this road before.
This past weekend the President of the United States officially announced his intentions for a military attack against Syria. Obama says more than 1000 innocent men, women, and children were killed in the chemical weapons attack by the Syrian Government.
I’ve already written on the topic in the last week so I don’t want to get lost in the particulars…….
What really stands out to me is that this entire saga appears to be nothing more than the same story repeating itself over and over with different characters.
Real life is disconcertingly beginning to look a lot like a Hollywood film.
Think about it; in Hollywood they remake the same movies with different actors. The first “Sabrina” film starred Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart…….then a couple decades later Julia Ormand and Harrison Ford filled the starring roles. Wait another 20 years and they will remake it again with new actors.
This Syrian conflict is strangely right out of the history books; Iraq, Vietnam, etc.
Sure…..the characters are always different; Tony Blair, President George W. Bush, President Nixon, John F. Kennedy…….but the plot line is always the same; some type of conflict is occurring in a country and Western Governmental Leaders feel compelled to intervene.
I’ve already gone on the record saying I neither agree or disagree with what Western Government’s should do in Syria…..I simply don’t know……it is a difficult issue.
But I do know that nothing in the world seems to be changing very much.
With all the intervention’s that Western Government make in foreign affairs…..there always seems to be some country with a crisis on their hands, ‘innocent’ people being killed, and a government in chaos.
This time the British Government won’t be involved. By a narrow margin Parliament voted NOT to involve itself militarily in Syria. This is a new twist……and I suspect the people in Great Britain are feeling a lot of the same things that are going through my mind; I’m sick and tired of the same old problems.
But this post isn’t really about Syria…..it’s about you and me.
How many of us keep doing the same thing over-and-over expecting a different result? It is said that such behavior is the definition of insanity. Yet, so many of us are guilty of repeating the same mistakes over and over; it’s bloody annoying!
We keep banging our head against the wall expecting a different outcome…..but the outcome is always the same; our head hurts afterwards!
A couple years ago I decided I wanted to see some major changes occur in my life and I knew that in order for those changes to take place it was going to take some major commitment on my part to see them come to fruition.
It hasn’t been easy. I’ve had to work more hours. I’ve had to set aside certain things in the here-and-now in order to reach the goal I’ve set for myself.
But that is what real change takes….right?
Dedication, commitment, endurance, are all the kind of buzzwords that come to mind when we think about seeing real change occur in our lives.
And for many of us…….real change is what we need.
—) Some people need to lose weight
—) Some people need a new career
—) Some people need to give up an addictive behavior
—) Some people want to move
—) Some people want to get into a serious relationship
The list is virtually endless when it comes to the types of changes we’d like to see occur in our lives.
But if we really want to experience true change….it’s going to take true commitment.
Just like with these foreign conflicts that seem to occur with bizarre regularity; we can’t keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. We’ve got to do things different.
But for now….at least with this blog I write, one thing will probably not be changing anytime soon…..and that is a good cup of coffee when I finish writing each day.