Keeping Up

Things these days just seem to keep going faster and faster….there never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but we carry on and try the best we can. I don’t know about you, but as soon as I learn something the next week there is either an upgrade, an extension, or a continuation to further learn. This has to do with everything…newspapers,television reports, on-the-job learning (computers, etc.) Yes I know progress is important, but it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of information that we are being bombarded with everyday. It is very easy to feel that if we don’t learn fast enough we will be left behind.

The time that we have available often has to be split up into sections…..time for family, time for friends, personal reflection, and work. I recently read an article that said that most working parents prefer time at the workplace to time at home. They look at home as their second job, that is less controllable. These days we have a lot on our plates. Just about everywhere I go I see people just trying to keep their heads above water. Television and magazines, etc. show us people who are wealthy, successful, and short of nothing…the “beautiful people”. I’m sure it must leave many feeling “What did I do wrong?” Why aren’t I “keeping up?” Well most people in the real world are struggling. In 1953 a man on minimum wage could afford a new house, a new car every 3 years, and his wife could stay at home to raise the 2 children. What happened?? Yes I know Wall Street is booming, and the unemployment rate is very low, but something’s wrong with this picture.

I am a singer/songwriter….and I believe artists are supposed to be able to see, reflect, and sometimes offer solutions through their art. What I’m seeing in many people’s eyes is pain, confusion, and disbelief at what is happening around them….almost like a train that has been derailed. I believe that there are two parts to our existence, the body and the soul, and if the eyes are the true “windows to the soul”, then many souls are hurting.

I don’t have all the answers….maybe none of us do….but each of us have SOME of the answers, and perhaps with God’s help we can start to paint a new picture. We’re all in this together.

Take the time to share,

Jennifer Avalon
© 1997 Jennifer Avalon

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