Musings of a fool

The character of many of my posts tends to highlight the negative aspects of whatever topic I’ve chosen for that day. I find that although outwardly I may appear somewhat negative, I am in fact a very honorable and decent person. I, for the most part, go out of my way to do the right thing when it comes to others. I’m quite happy to say that most of the time I succeed. Faith is important. I find it difficult to put a lot of faith in myself, but I’ve fortunately been blessed to never find it difficult to put faith in God. I’m most certainly a very fallible man, the same as every other human being on this earth.

Mistakes do happen and will always occur. We should never lose hope for the future. I do believe God has a plan for us all. We are nothing more than mere children, wander seemingly aimlessly through this world.Sadly, many of us think it is all one random act of chance, and that our lives have no meaning. I believe we are not only put here to live but to learn the lessons God has chosen for us. We do have a purpose. That purpose is not to always eat crow, though oftentimes too many of us it may seem that way. It is an ever-present danger, to allow pride to dictate our actions and indeed sometimes the very people we surround ourselves with.

It is important that we always learn. We may be mere children in the presence of our creator, but we must strive to be honorable, mature, and pragmatic.  Not every battle can be won, and indeed many lessons are learned by those we lose. It can sometimes become difficult to see the value in these lessons. I assure you though if we have learned but one thing from any of these setbacks, then they truly had the value that was intended. Sadly, many will still chalk it up to chance or dumb luck and learn nothing.   We must recognize our own value, and always know that no one is less important than we, or for that matter, more important.

It is extremely important, at least in my life to be able to look at myself in the mirror each day and see that the good decisions outweigh the bad.I can say that almost every day of my life. That pleases me, but it also saddens me. Even though others might not know of the days that I failed, they are ever-present and weighing on my mind. I imagine that to some people many of the things I do probably don’t make sense. I tend to try to do the right thing even when someone hurts me, which is not the typical human response. It is very essential for me to have made a mark in this life, that perhaps maybe one good deed will have changed someone’s life for the better.

Losses can bring us to a dark place. As long as we draw breath the struggle must continue, and hope must be retained. The only thing that can destroy you is doubt. If you believe in yourself and God, you will persevere through all of life’s trials. Hope is the champion of the downtrodden, we must hold on to it, and we will get through. Nothing is too difficult to overcome. All may seem lost, but if you’re around to see anything then hope survives and you may yet prevail. We are an interconnected people. Many of us fail to realize how the choices that we make may drastically affect the lives of others. That is why striving to do the right thing, and striving to be able to look back on one’s life and see that the good outweighs the bad, it of the utmost importance. All people will not value you or your life choices, regardless of who you are or what they are.This isn’t a popularity contest. It is right and wrong, black and white.

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Author: James Borden

I'm a veteran of the U.S Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan. I will not pull punches in my articles and what you see is what you get.

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