A thought about protesting

I apologize for being away.  I have been moving (physically relocating from one end of town to the other.)  It is not fun and taking way longer than it should.

Status update is done now for the thought.

The story~

My work place is close to a Planned Parenthood.  I pass it almost every day while I walk outside on my lunch break.  Since school started there have been protesters there pretty much every week day.  Some of these people quietly sit/stand there with their sign and “stages of growth” signs or dolls.  Some have bullhorns and are actively and loudly protesting.  Some even bring their kids!  The kids usually end up sitting on the sidewalk while their parents shout their opinions to passer-byes. 

I do my best to cross the street so I will not have to talk to them.  I am in a uniform after all.  It would not be good to appear to be bias towards one or another side while on duty.  Well recently I was waiting at the light to cross the street (trying to send an email also) and one of the protesters approached me.  The first line was “you could die any time in the line of duty.” And the next line was “do you know what will happen to you after?”  My response was something like “I am aware of that, and I am ok with it.  I am not interested…”  Thankfully the light changed and I could rush across the street and continue on my walk and finish sending my email.

As I walked away I thought that the protestor presented me with a really morbid thought.  Do people really go around all day thinking about dying and being dead? That cannot be good for your mental well being.  Why not focus on living and being alive?  I would rather focus on the good things that I can do during the day than worry about the bad things.  Who wants to be depressed like that all day?

I know we all have to think about things like bills, the dangers of driving and crossing the street.  I don’t think that I should think about them ALL day.  I don’t think I should think about what will happen IF I die at work, ALL DAY.  That is depressing.  I might never go back to work if that was all I thought about.

I want to go to work to do good at my job.  I want to help people as best as I can.  I want to paint pictures that help people feel happy and make them think about their surroundings.  That is what I want to focus on in my day.  Not the grey and dismal “maybes” or “might’s” that can ruin the day.  We should all focus on the bright and happy goodness that happens and can happen in the day.

My second thought (really my first thought – every time I walk past these guys.)  Could you not find a better use of your time?  Is standing in front of an office building saying negative and ill informed things to passer-byes really the best way to use your time?  I could think of lots of ways to spend your time that would be more productive.  Knit some scarves and blankets for the homeless.  Volunteer at a hospital or school.  Go back to school yourself.  Paint a mural, build a house, CREATE some happiness in someone’s life, instead of spreading misery and gloom. 

Not everyone has the same opinion as you.  Get over it.  Yes, you have the right to share your opinion.  Just do it in a way that is 1. Productive and 2. Not infringing on the well being of others.  Wasting your time standing in front of a building is not productive.  You are not going to change anyone’s mind doing it, you are just annoying.  You also infringe on the rights of the people walking by or trying to use the business.

 

Ok that is the end of my rant.

Later

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