I am tired.  I am overwhelmed.  I am ready to pull the covers over my head and wait for a better day.  Have you said this in recent days – or any of these?  Are your perceptions of tired or overwhelmed an actual reality?  Are you living these?  “They” say perception is reality.

Lately the talk in the entertainment world has been about Leno being ousted from NBC.  Since they replaced him before with Conan, which did not work well, the perception is that they were looking to a change the reality is that one did not work.  Does not change the perception.  I think this is soon to be a reality as Jimmy Fallon is in the wings.

Perception is that Lindsay Lohan is out of control.  Reality is proven when she is arrested again.   Perception is that spring will come early this year.  Reality is that spring comes every year.

Perception is that if a person crosses into this country he is an illegal alien renamed according to politically correct people he is an undocumented worker.  If a person is in this country illegally they are not an immigrant at all they are an illegal alien.  Sorry soft pedaling this does not change the reality.  The reality is that even our government agrees in their documents.

Legal Definition of Alien Registration Card:

United States permanent residents have an identification card known as the “Alien Registration Card”. Other names for the Alien Registration Card include the immigrant visa, permanent visa, permanent resident card, permanent resident visa, form I-551 or form I-551. While permanent residents are not United States citizens, they are granted permission to reside and work in the United   States on a permanent basis. Permanent residents in the United States are legally in the country, but they are still considered aliens. Unlike United   States citizens who are not required to carry an identification to prove their citizenship, permanent residents must carry their Alien Registration Card with them at all times. The government agency responsible for issuing Alien Registration Cards is the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which was formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Perception that a person here with out this Alien Registration Card is that they are here illegally.  Reality agrees.

Surrounding your self with like minded people can reinforce your own beliefs.  It helps you create a world in which you want to live.  Living your idea with people of similar values lets you set an example.  Since we just celebrated Easter it is easy to note here that Christ surrounded himself with people that believed in Him and followed His way to live even to today.  Christianity is still the largest religion in the world.  He also set an example for us in how to live our lives – in love and compassion.

On Sunday in the Washington Times was an opinion piece by Joseph Curl that spoke to this point of perception and reality.

In it Curl lays out the case that the Obamas are living a 1% lifestyle on our dollar.  That has been my perception as I judge they are the least qualified to live at 1600 and taking advantage of their opportunities.  Curl gives much information to bring this perception easily to a real focus.  His first paragraph was telling.

“Being president of the U.S., the most powerful man in the world, is often most about perception. The man (or, one day, woman) in the job takes actions large and small every day, but it is the perception of the man that seeps into the everyday lives of working Americans.”

He goes on to compare the Bush’s staying in D.C. until after Christmas (Curl is the first to report this he says) and not going to sports events or lavish holidays in consideration of those who worked for him.  Also part of the reality is Bush did not want to interfere with others enjoyment of events as a Presidential appearance does not come with out entourage.  We all know Bush stopped golfing as an honor to boys fighting the Iraq war.

Curl ends his piece with two scathing statements.

“But no, the Obamas don’t care a whit about that, or the perception of them living high on the hog while many hardworking Americans are struggling to get by — and hoping to save enough for just one vacation this year.

And that perception, juxtaposed with reality, more than nearly anything else, tells you an awful lot about this president.”

My belief is that I would like a reality where my President lives more like I do – less lavish.  My belief is that some of the people our President has surrounded himself with are not great.  The reality is that they have proven themselves to be inept.  I give you Anita Dunn, Van Jones and of course Stephanie Cutter.  My belief is that this President is one of the worst we have had in recent history.  The reality is he is proving my perception daily.  I can give you one word – Korea!  Proves my perception reality point.  To add to the perception/reality of eneptness the current resident of 1600 is now talking about more loans to home buyers who cannot afford them.  Didn’t we try that before???

My perception is that a day has 24 hours – the reality agrees.  I need to learn to use them more wisely to avoid the tired and overwhelmed feelings that occasionally creep in to ruin my day!


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