2016 U.S. Presidential Election – My Thoughts

  • This might go down in history as the most divisive Presidential election in United States history.
  • It also is the first time in my adult life I have ever seen such defense of the indefensible.  This is not specific to a side.
  • Both major candidates have serious issues and those who support them do so either with their nose pinched or ears plugged.  Is that what we have reduced ourselves to in this country? The lesser of two evils?
  • There is no place for hate in this process.  So much name calling and a lot of it is in the Christian community.   We’re to be a light, but right now the light is pretty dim.
  • Let me be clear. Voting is not an obligation, but a right.  If you are not educated on the candidates, you probably should not vote.  That might seem harsh, but this is a big deal.
  • You can always vote but leave the top of the ticket blank, or write in a candidate that aligns with your voting values.
  • If  you do perform this civil action of voting, be civil.
  • Do not tear down others because of how they’re voting, or judge every other aspect of their life. You have no clue why they vote the way they do if you’re not willing to hear them out.
  • Do  your best to not engage politically in any form of social media.  It NEVER ends well. How many people have you won over because of Facebook or Twitter.
  • Lastly, pray. We’ll all need it.


Things You Might Think, but Would (PROBABLY) Never Say

We all think things that we likely would never say in person… at least I hope not.

Stop smelling my food. You’re robbing me of the taste molecules (half the taste is in the smell!).

Get off the phone and finish your… “business”. So gross.

I like talking to you. I’d like you more if you were not a foot from my face.

I really don’t mind eating at McDonald’s.

Do you really want to know how I am doing? Or just making conversation?

Could you throw the rest of the chip bag away now that you’ve had your dirty hands in it?

Cannot wait for the Golden Girls marathon tonight!

I am going to pretend like I know what you said because I don’t want you to have to repeat yourself… for my sake.

Wow. That was a long story. What did I do to you?

Does the food taste better when you chew with your mouth open?

That was a terrific belch (or fart). Think of how good yours are when they aren’t rudely done in public!

I am only helping you today because I will need help moving in a month.

I hope you feel better…. so you don’t give that to me.

These are all in fun! 🙂 Any that you thought of that I didn’t put on here? Add it to the comments!

Just Keep Scrolling

One of the most damaging things in many people’s lives today is Facebook.  We not only use it to seek approval (How many likes did I get?), we also use it as a way to set unrealistic expectations for our own lives.

(Most) People don’t put their worst on Facebook.

Additionally, people may share an idea that is different from you.  That’s ok too.  Never argue on Facebook as it never leads to a positive outcome. You will never change anyone’s mind through Facebook and will often say things you will ultimately regret.

See something you don’t like?  Just keep scrolling.

Gene Wilder Quotes

“That’s all I wanted: for someone to look at me and listen to me, but in some beautiful and artistic way.”

“There’s so many Hollywood people, and I’m not one of them. I’m not from Hollywood, and I’m also not one of the people who wants to do a tell-all, and I hate tell-alls. I didn’t want to tell all.”

“You’re fooled by the applause into thinking that they love me, they really, really love me. Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do.”

“But Charlie, don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he always wanted… He lived happily ever after.” (“Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory”)

Think for Yourself

Think for yourself.  Such a simple concept, but rarely followed.

When there is a tragedy, do you go to Facebook to find out how you should react or feel?

When someone you “follow” on social media says something, do you lap it up without even looking in the bowl first?

Take time to stop and evaluate and ask yourself, “Is this how I feel or think? Or, is this the way I’m being told I should think?”

Changes everything.

Every Day is Different

No two days are alike.

Frequently, it feels like we’re living the same day over and over again.

You could be left in the cycle you’re in to learn something. Patience? Kindness?

Possibly another skill altogether. Or, it could just be a rut.

Time Travelling Back to the Basics

I wish I knew how to get out of my own way.

Not in a “I used a time machine to see myself in the future, but future me was a jerk and blocked me from getting back into my time machine” way.  Oh, you weren’t thinking that?  Cool.  Me either.

I love thinking about time travel.  I do not think it is possible, but the thought intrigues me.  How would Bob from the past react to Bob from the future?  What would I say to convince myself that I am talking to myself? Would I give myself a tip to invest in Facebook and Apple?

Now, let’s fly this time machine back to today; at this very moment when you’re reading this blog post so I can get back on topic.

Welcome back!

So anyhow, I’m smack dab in my own way… when it comes to writing.  Everything seems to become more difficult the more I learn about the processes.

With blogs…

Did I choose the correct title that will drive the most traffic?
Is the writing compelling the reader to take an action?
What kind of picture will I include?
Is this a topic that interests a lot of people?
How will I be sending this to my email list?
How can I get people to share it?

The list goes on for several more lines and honestly, it is way overwhelming.  It waters down my writing completely (I write what I think I other people will like, not what I feel like I should be writing) and makes it boring.

With other writing…

I start/stop… start… and then put that story aside and start a new one. I have a “short story” that I started when I was in 2nd grade I still have not finished.  I was very passionate about alligators back then.  Now, meh.  I can live with or without them.

Even my book ideas tend to be generic and very niche.  I am thinking about what I think others are wanting to read about, not what I feel I should actually write.

If you’re still with me, thank you!  I’m really writing this for me, but maybe it applies to your situation too.  Or, maybe you’re a family member.

Writing makes me happy when I write what I want to write.  If that means I never make a dime off of it, and no one else likes it but me, so be it.  I’m going back to the time machine to bring back an old friend.

Welcome back, bobBLOG. 

p.s. Special thank-you to my wife for pushing me to do this. She knows that all of what I’ve been doing lately hasn’t made me happy;  it hasn’t been me. She is always honest and wants me to live up to my potential.  That is TRUE love.

This series comes from the daily texts sent out by Hart Ramsey called “Uplift”. Last week he had a series of texts dealing with “Survival Mode”.  Each day I’ll post another text (in image form).  If you want to sign up for “Uplift”, text UPLIFT to 46786.

Hart Ramsey - Survivor Day 5

This series comes from the daily texts sent out by Hart Ramsey called “Uplift”. Last week he had a series of texts dealing with “Survival Mode”.  Each day I’ll post another text (in image form).  If you want to sign up for “Uplift”, text UPLIFT to 46786.day4