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Thanks for the nice thoughts and comments. I appreciate it. But rather than thinking of myself as wise (which I really don’t) what I’ve learned to do is observe very closely. I can’t even remember who said it but someone very insightful said “The worst than can be said about a man (or woman) is that they didn’t pay attention.” Paying attention, unfortunately, can be really uncomfortable, especially when the world around us mirrors back to us our own shortcomings….which I guess is the way things are supposed to work. Right now I’m trying to figure some stuff out myself…and not very successfully. Intermingling with y’all (that’s fer you “Southern” ; ) helps me a lot. Still, it’s important to remember that everything we read and/or hear must be taken in with a clear critical mind. Being “critical” doesn’t necessarily need to carry a negative connotation. “To think critically is, among other things, to be fair and open-minded while thinking carefully about what to do or what to believe. If you are a critical thinker, you will assess the reasons for and against doing something and then make your decision on the basis of a fair assessment, not on the basis of your emotions nor on what your astrology column says nor on whether the person giving you the reasons is looking you in the eye while sounding sincere.” (Dowden)
Being inside the newsroom for so many years, its downright scarey the effect the written word has on our society at large. Don’t believe everything you’re fed. By anybody. Instead, pay attention to where the message is coming from and try to ascertain “why” the message is being delivered. Trust your own mind…not someone else’s. This is as important in the fire world as it is anywhere else.