“Now, I’m not a skittish person, but there’s something creepy about mannequins staring at me in the dark and the shadows from all the different merchandise. Thankfully, I had my phone. Of course, Nick was out of town at the time and my dad was working in the basement and couldn’t hear his phone over the skill saw he was using. So, I ended up calling a friend from church who went to my dad’s house to bail me out! The manager was finally contacted and I was a free woman again! I didn’t panic, but I sure felt like I could have!”
As I thought about my friend’s story, my mind went on a journey about other ways to be locked in! People can be locked in a contract or other commitment, locked in a college dorm or school (because of a “lock down”), animals are locked in a zoo, criminals are locked in prison, young people are “locked in” at Youth Rallies for God, we can be locked in because of blizzard, on a ferris wheel, and we can even be locked into our own feelings.
It’s been a long hard road in the political arena. Lines were drawn and sides taken before the election occurred. We’ve gone past that now, yet in some places there are still those who are so “locked in” their particular feelings, they can’t see past it. In their view, if it’s different than theirs, your integrity is questioned and even your good sense.
Having an opinion is a good thing, especially if it’s an informed opinion. We can’t know all the particulars about everything, however. Our news media seems to have the ability, to glean and then share a grain of truth within a story, and then filling in the blanks with whatever suits their agenda. To say the least, this speculation creates all kinds of problems.
With all our social media platforms, it’s easy to post comments, vent, or encourage others. However, most of the time the posts regarding the election, are negative. As we read the latest news blurb, we take sides on how we feel about the information given. Because we are humans living in a technical society, it isn’t uncommon that we channel our thoughts through our fingers!
We get “locked in” on our feelings, even if they are based on skewed or snippets of information. Rumors are set in motion, generating even more speculation, until that original grain of truth is unrecognizable. This is a tragedy! People get hurt, reputations ruined, relationships destroyed, and friends and families divided.
It’s time we use the “key of common sense” and unlock the doors of narrowmindedness that is controlling our minds, and begin to give honest effort to paying attention to what is truth. There are always two sides to every story, sometimes even more! Everyone has an opinion and it doesn’t always match your neighbor, relative or even your spouse! Just because we see something printed in a newspaper, magazine, hear it on a news program, see it posted on face book, twitter or any of the other media platforms, does not make it truth! Check the facts first! Then with a clear, unbiased thought process, post a comment if you have the desire to do so.