Friday, October 28, 2011

Its Not My Fault

I understand. This morning, I missed my flight in Omaha by ten minutes. To my dismay, I had to pay $75 to fly stand-by. To make matters worse, I had to watch my original flight take off without me on board.

This week, I also had a dispute with my bank that resulted in a $30 over draft fee.

I hate paying for fines.

There are rules in society, if you don’t play by them, the Man will stick it to you.

I didn’t understand. At the Mission, guests will continue to break the same rules over and over again. They might get arrest or kicked out, but they never learn. They keep doing it regardless of the negative reinforcement. This didn’t make any sense to me?

I want to blame my bank for the over daft fee. I want to believe that United Airlines is unreasonable but in reality I am to blame. I made the choice to eat breakfast before going to the airport, which in the end made me miss my flight. I didn’t keep close enough track of my finances. I didn’t realize that a transaction hadn’t cleared. I over extended my bank account. I alone am to blame for these fines.

I kicked a guy out of the Mission this week for drinking on property. He blamed me, but really it was his fault. I didn’t give him the beer.

Many of the men at the mission blame the staff, the police, or other guests for their problems. As long as they believe they are not to blame, I think they will continue to repeat the same mistakes. To do the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result is insanity. It is crazy and it isn’t just the men at the Mission. 

Hello, California. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Words of Churchill

You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.” You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory—victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival. 

We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and the oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.