Back from Hume and More…..

We made it back from Hume safe and sound. It was a fun vacation filled with ups and downs, sun tans and sunburns, laughter and tons of activities. The kids totally had a blast and that makes it cool.

SUBJECT OF THE DAY – FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Per Wikipedia, Freedom of Speech is defined as: the concept of being able to speak freely without censorship. It is often regarded as an integral concept in modern liberal democracies.

Most people recognize this as a political freedom, sanctioned by their government in some fashion. People also look to it as their personal rights as well, within relationships, within reason. (Like, I believe most husbands, when asked “does this outfit make me look fat?” would not invoke freedom of speech!)

In any case, I am a bit frustrated because it seems I have to be very careful with my words in every scenario of my life, even in the sanctity of my home. My feelings, it seems, cannot be expressed for fear of offending this or that person. I can’t share frustration when something bothers me and I certainly can’t share that my feelings have been hurt. I am told it’s not fair to voice that I feel I am being taken advantage of at times. Further, if I make the stupid mistake of saying something, it is often taken in a way that does not reflect my true motives and I am brutally attacked for it. Oh, but others are free to say whatever they want, no matter when it does to me. It seems that all my life, the only thing people want me around for is to make them laugh or be the goofy one. I shouldn’t complain really because at least I am needed for something.

Sorry for the downer – I will write more later when my reflection is back on the goofiness that is preferred.

6 thoughts on “Back from Hume and More…..

  1. Dear Gina,
    My impression of you has always been that you are a very strong, outspoken, smart, funny person that wouldn’t take any crap from anyone. First, you gave your doggie away because of your nasty neighbors and now you are letting someone keep you from saying what you want to in your own home. You have to get back the Gina that I know you are and start to stand up for yourself. If someone gets offended, too bad. I know you wouldn’t purposely hurt anyones feelings and I don’t think you should have to live like that-always being so careful of every word you say. This is too long, but I want you to know I feel bad for you and hope you can set some people straight. I love you.

  2. I like the Gina that speaks her mind! The best and most meaningful conversations come from honest feelings. Jokes and laughs are good fun, but we have to have some depth in our lives too. I honestly like getting to know you through your blog – you are very honest here. Keep up the good work, and come on by and speak your mind and feelings any time you want. My “door” is always open to you!!

  3. You are awesome just the way you are, whether goofy or outspoken. Thank you for allowing me to be both with you, please know you can do the same with me.

    RF

  4. “I will behave wisely in a perfect way… I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

    You are just wonderful in every way… In the serious and in the fun… be comforted. CatO

  5. “I will behave wisely in a perfect way… I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

    You are just wonderful in every way… In the serious and in the fun… be comforted. CatO

  6. Gina, I’ll never forget how you stood up for me,when I didn’t know what to say to a person, whom said a very negative thing about my race. It surprised me how quickly you defended me and you made me feel loved. You turned a bad moment into a “Wow, Gina’s one tough cookie” and how Grandma would have been so proud. When I think of you, I see an increidible woman that has a natural way with children, grew up with similar ups and downs as mine and never complained. Holding back your justified feelings can lead to ulcers! Anyone can just go along in life, real friends and family speak the truth,as it isn’t the easy thing to do, but something true from the heart.

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