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How to be Content in a World Full of Malcontents


Copyright 2016 PR Huckans

Published by PR Huckans at Smashwords




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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

About the Author

Preface

A book about a little bit of everything and figuring out how to live with it all.



This book is dedicated to my gorgeous, loving and supportive wife, my two beautiful daughters and my ham of a son—and you said I wasn’t funny!



Special thanks to Mr. Paul Forshey for his editing, support and knowledge.



Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society, published by Zondervan.


Introduction

Do you find yourself grumbling under your breath about the kids today? Do you switch the channel quickly out of embarrassment when your kids are in the room and yet another erectile dysfunction ad comes on the television? Does your personal battle with road rage highlight your other battles with a colorful vocabulary and flailing appendages? Does this great big world we live in seem to be more violent, more caustic, and busier than ever? Do people seem more thin skinned--like big bags of nitroglycerin just waiting for a nudge? Are you having more difficulty navigating your way through this life without personality collisions and conflicts? Have you been struggling with the whole “politically correct” concept, among other things? Me too!! (I am assuming you said yes to one or all, otherwise why are you still reading?) Is all of that just “life”? Is it inevitable? Not necessarily. Why not take a journey with me and let me explain what I mean (maybe we’ll both get some things off our chests). Maybe life doesn’t seem fair, maybe you’re having a hard time focusing, maybe this life is so fast paced that you can’t catch a breath. Maybe you’re just tired and don’t see the point. Maybe you’re looking at it all wrong.

Chapter 1

This world is broken in many ways. Most of us seem to know it but don't know what to do about it. If we don’t know what to do about it, how about figuring out how to live with it, or at the very least with each other. Life is short, our work days are long and our patience is thin. Unless you’re a hermit (which probably means you wouldn’t be reading this!) you need to figure out how to cope with this fast paced life and all of us messed up malcontents in the world--or be miserable. Some people seem satisfied being miserable, but for the rest of you who yearn for a bit more, maybe these thoughts will help a bit.


It seems that everyone has something to complain about these days, and some people do it very loudly! We’ve become a society of whiners and malcontents. Nothing is ever good enough. Enough is never enough. Something's always wrong and someone else is always to blame. We have a hard time settling for anything--being happy with what we’ve got, where we are and how our lives are going. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s important and wonderful to want to improve yourself or your situation, but that’s not what I’m talking about.


Have you ever been with a group of friends telling a story? All of a sudden it’s like a gathering of fisherman, each with the bigger and better (or worse) tale. “That’s nothing, my cousin Freddy had a tumor so large they claimed it as a dependent on their taxes!” Everyone is so quick to top the last tale of woe, to dish on their latest troubles, to compete in the olympics of dismay. When’s the last time you asked someone how they are doing and really wanted an answer? I ask this because sometimes I really don’t want to hear the answer but was just trying to be polite! “How are you today?” “Well my aunt just died.” “That’s great Bob, see you later!” If you ask the right person at the wrong time you may have to adjust your schedule for the answer. It seems the older the person asked, the longer the answer may be. “Well let me tell you…” which leads into a very twisted nest of offshoot stories that you’re obligated to follow (to the best of your ability, because come on--really?) in case the speaker stops, stares and says “where was I going with that?” If your eyes are glazed over and now you look like a deer in the headlights, well, we know that doesn't go over so well, now don’t we!


We ask the question because it is a societal norm--like a wave from the lips, but we really expect only a passing word or two. But you asked. So when the floodgates open we hear all about the inequality, unfairness and down right “not niceness” of their life. I guess it’s like watching the news. The feel good stories don’t get the ratings. The tragedy and terrible stories always get the headline spots. Hip replacement always trumps grandbaby burping carrots all over mom. Now, they’ll get to the carrots eventually, but it’s not the “top story at eleven.”


What if that weren’t the case? What if the answer focused on the positive, the good things happening in this person’s life? Would you actually want, maybe even like to stick around for the answer then? Wouldn’t it be uplifting that someone found the good in life and wants to share? Wouldn’t it be nice to “one-up” each other with uplifting stories and praises? I think that it would let us focus more on what’s right than what may be wrong in our own whirlwind lives. Maybe, just maybe. But that leads me to larger, more important questions. Are we ever really happy or content anymore? Do we even know what happiness or being content really are or what they mean to us? Do we know what’s actually important in our lives besides the next weekend or paycheck? Do we ever slow down enough to figure it out? Will we wake up one day and wonder what happened to all our plans, hopes, and happiness--all the time we thought we had? I hope not.

Chapter 2

As I sit here, I live in a world full of complainers; it’s become the norm. “Life isn’t fair,” they shout. Well, I’ll tell you what I think isn’t fair. A child with cancer. A child without parents. A hard working, God fearing man being stricken with polio in his prime. Someone who has never known love, real love. Heroes being abused and forgotten. A pregnant woman being killed by a drunk driver. Anyone being killed or maimed by a drunk driver….heck drunk drivers themselves aren’t very fair now are they? The list goes on and on and you could all add to it exponentially. So what is the point? The point is that life isn’t fair. It isn’t neat, clean, equal or easy. It’s messy, complicated and full of snares, traps, obstacles, trials and tragedies. But I think that some of these unfair tragedies and situations serve a purpose. I wish they all did, but some things are just horrible--no matter how you try to spin them--and it takes better men than me to figure out why they happen. But sometimes I think we need to open our eyes and our hearts for the deeper purpose (not necessarily the “meaning of life,” but maybe at least the meaning within our lives).



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