March is just over a week old, and the Idiot Parade is off and running.
As Larry Winget (one of my favorite speakers and authors) said with one of his book titles: “People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It”. Read it. Larry will make you laugh, and make you think.
Last week I caught a few headlines and shook my head so hard I could have mixed a can of paint.
A New Jersey man tried to sue Applebee’s because he bowed in prayer and fried his flesh when he high-fived a sizzling plate of fajitas with his face.
A 48-year-old man in Port St. Lucie Florida decided that flashing his junk was the way to pick up women. Oh yeah, he most definitely got picked up. Not sure if the cop was a woman, though.
In California, at least 9 students were injured when the house roof they were drinking and dancing on gave way and they took a tumble.
As much as these stories make me feel better about myself, I still have to wonder how these people have made it this far in life. They are the human equivalents of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, traveling from one cartoonish catastrophe to another wearing ACME Rocket Roller Skates.
And what do we hear over and over?
It’s not their fault.
They just can’t get it through their think heads these two amazing words: Personal Responsibility.
Most of your current situation comes down to two things: the words you speak and the actions you take.
Say something racist in front of a crowd of people of a different skin color, you will probably get your butt kicked, and deserve it.
Try to rob a convenience store and get shot by the owner, it’s your fault.
Invite 29 of your idiot friends to drink and dance up on the roof and Humpty Dumpty and his Merry Men are going to take a quick trip to the pavement. Good luck suing gravity for this one.
Personal responsibility…two words that could probably add years to some peoples’ lives.
Are you exercising it?
If not, you might be blaming the rest of the world for everything that happens to you.
That being said, do bad things happen to good people, beyond their control?
Of course they do.
Even with the best of intentions, I’ve had some nasty things happen to me.
We all have.
You can certainly increase your odds of good things happening if you dedicate yourself to not being an idiot.
Please practice personal responsiblity. You might like the results.
Will you do that for yourself this week?