Like stone in a creek
Sorry this took a little longer to post than I thought, I’m a little busy at work and at home. This is a watercolor that I had started during our weekend family and friends camp out, but just now getting to posting it.
As I was painting the stones below the driftwood, I realized of all the different sizes and colors of the stones are a lot like people. No matter how the government, religions, special interest groups, try to make us all the same… we’re not. We are all different in color, we are all different shapes, we have different ethics and morals, some are athletic, some are super smart, and some our both, some are right and some are wrong, some are good and some are bad, some work their butts off, and some do nothing… we are all different and will never be the same. And yet like the stones, we can gather in the same area, making a beautiful pattern of shapes and colors. As a stone, I’m tan in color, unfortunately rounder than I prefer, and I’m usually on the move. And I truly don’t care what stone settles next to me, I don’t care what shape, color or origin, but what I do care about is that the stone is strong and helps build a strong foundation. A weak, soft stone, that is relying on the other stones for support and structure, will only cause decay and erosion. Don’t get me wrong, even the smallest of pebbles, and each grain of sand, can build a strong foundation, if worked right and finds its place in the creek bed, but it’s the ones relying on others, that don’t try to find their strength in the community, that may cause the down fall of the entire community. We have charities, churches, friends and family, that acts like a root system, reaching out to those that truly need help and grasping on to them, helping them become part of a strong foundation. But this is not an excuse to do nothing, and expect the reaching out from others if you have a choice.
I know that I have preached this before, and it’s not because I have no compassion or love for fellow-man, actually just the opposite. We have better schooling, technology, and opportunities, than we did when Jefferson, Franklin, Newton, Carver, Ford and more, made their mark in history. So it’s our attitudes, work ethics, and excuses that are getting in our way from making our sound foundation community. I want everyone to have as much as they want in riches, not just money, but in life, and I have no jealousy toward those that have more. The saying “I have never been employed by a poor man“ is so true. but you have to as an individual, work hard, position yourself among others and even though you might not be the biggest, or the strongest, you may be a tan, red, yellow, black or a speckled stone, there is a place for you to make our community a strong foundation and a beautiful pattern of strength and color. Make it your goal in the next year to better yourself, challenge yourself, stand up for yourself and don’t rely on others to do this for you. As a stronger individual, you’ll make a stronger family, making a stronger community, making a stronger Nation. Be a rock in the creek… not soft mud!