Learning My Lessons

As I look out the window and see the new area I’ve moved to, I realize how lucky I am to have the ability to move.  Everything is so nice here including the people, the weather and the scenery.  The leaves haven’t turned yet, but should do so before too long.  So, with four seasons once again, I can mark time by the trees reds and greens will mean fall, bare branches mean winter and the greening reflects spring and trust that they are telling me truth.

When the television is tuned to the news, it doesn’t start off with the murder story of the day.  Yes, there is crime in this major metropolitan area, but it is much less and seems to be for the most part centered around the city.  My car stuffed with all my stuff that didn’t go with the movers sat in the hotel parking lot for four days with nary a problem.  This is going to take some getting used to; I’m used to having to protect my property from prying eyes and hands.  My guard is up and won’t go down easily. 

Another lesson that is much harder to understand and accept is that companies no longer trust you even when you have a long relationship that was problem free.  While understanding that companies have to protect themselves now and that they have been burned repeatedly, the loss of trust between company and client is a sad thing to see.  Perhaps, the biggest loss of this recession is not the money, although that is large enough, but the loss of trust. 

Our democratic system was built on trust.  At one time, a person’s word was their bond.  If they said they would do something, you knew it would be done whether it was payments or work.  A handshake was considered a contract that would be fulfilled.  That world is the one I grew up in and, in many ways, still live by.  My word is a contract and that is my value. 

Having worked these many years, I know you have to pick and choose whom to trust and legal contracts are a necessity.  Katrina taught me that you have to be properly insured to have the protection that you thought you had in the first place.  You can’t count on the insurance companies to really cover you when you need it.  Today, you have to live with the shields up and protect yourself.  Now, I’m finding out that you can’t even count on the fire department, if it is a volunteer, one to come to your rescue.  Now, you have to prepay or present a certified check or money order to get your furniture and belongings given back to you.  In essence, your property is held hostage until the money is paid.  There’s that trust issue again.  While I can’t know what you think, this is a very sad situation to me. 

But it goes even further, I can’t count on purchased items from reputable retailers lasting more than a year or two.  I was used to buying products, caring for them, and owning them for ten to twenty years.  A good example is the Tupperware ice tea server that I bought in the 70’s or early 80’s.  I still have it and still use it.  It works today just as it did when I bought it.  You can’t get that today.  Everything is cheaply made, meant to be tossed after a couple years, and replaced with something newer and better maybe.  Then, it goes to a dump where it remains for years and sometimes centuries.  I hope and pray that our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will realize how wasteful this is.

There is a surge now on improving our schools and the education our children receive.  However, until the values and standards upon which this country was built are taught by the family and schools, nothing will improve.  If you can’t trust the companies you deal with, then, why use their services.  If they can’t trust you to pay for services received, then, why make a product.  Truly, everything is based on trust.

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