Life is Good When You Don't Have an Elephant on your Chest

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0506509

Life is good when you can capitalize on opportunities for learning and you have the freedom to know you can live and work wherever you choose, despite the economy. Pressure from job loss, dependence on government programs, the inability to own property because of bank rules and regulations, causes stress and nobody needs to feel the weight of an elephant on their chest. Being human, means having humanity and compassion. Punishment or being forced to live a certain way, is a form of control. Antiquated ways must be banned. People need to get more involved, starting at their local government and fight for positive change that benefits ALL people. People need to vote and to have a voice in their government spending because it impacts each and everyone. Middle class must be reborn and become a way of life that encourages growth and opportunities.

When something comes along that you didn’t see coming, you have to wonder, what’s up with people? Even an elephant has ways of communicating with great affection and intelligence, but when a human, an institution, or a government program throws you under the bus, what do you do?

It’s not easy to suck it up. I’m glad I’m not an elephant with a long trunk, living in the zoo, behind bars. I studied this elephant at the Washington, D.C. Zoo at close range, I can appreciate my own abilities, especially my freedom. Why do elephants still live behind bars in the year 2012? Why can't more people find ways to work successfully, to own land and live more comfortably and freely?

This young elephant has wrinkles and will develop a lot more wrinkles before it's fully grown. To give up hope, because their is no freedom must wrinkle the soul and shrivel the heart. 

Don't let age, sex, religion, familial status, race, nationality, or education be a barrier to your life goals. Your life is NOW! Make the most of what you got and know that you deserve the very best.

I look closely at the elephant once more and I know in my heart that this amazing animal has become increasingly vulnerable and more extinct because people allowed it. Don't be an elephant, without the type of home you deserve and for Heaven's sake, get that elephant off your chest!

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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Certified Negotiations Expert

Patricia Feager Sells Flower Mound/DFW-TX
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Kristin Hamilton
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Hi Patricia,

Elephants are one of my favorite animals and I have them all over my house. I like your post and totally agree with you and the comments from other AR members. We need a change and I hope the voters in November think so too.

I just went to the zoo in Philadelphia, PA and took so many photos. These animals are so beautiful but it is sad they have to be caged.

Happy Memorial Day weekend.

May 27, 2012 04:23 PM #27
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Excellent pearls of wisdom Patricia, had to suggest this. Life is now, go after t!

May 27, 2012 05:21 PM #28
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Well put. I would never have thought of the elephant comparison but so true! 

May 27, 2012 05:56 PM #29
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Patricia, first of all I wish I could see your elephant...no photo for me.  Anyway, we all have to be a part of the solution and take responsibility for where we are and what the future holds...the government gets away with what we let them get away with.

May 27, 2012 08:05 PM #30
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Patrica,

What an interesting and brilliant way you have of illustrating your points so vividly.  Well done, I always enjoy these posts, as do all those who take time to comment. A

May 27, 2012 10:32 PM #31
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Dale,

Thanks for your wonderful comments. You always put so much thought into everything you have to say and I appreciate that very much. I think the real breakthrough will come when more people get involved and become a part of the solution instead of the problems. There are too many elephants sitting on people's chests and we have to look at the source and fix the problems. Intellectual capital begins with ordinary citizens!

May 28, 2012 06:28 AM #32
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Gary,

Thanks for dropping by and your comments. Elephants, like people should never be exploited.

Have a great day!

May 28, 2012 06:31 AM #33
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Rob,

You're right - little elephant was reaching for anything he could get! How many people are in the same situation? The size of the elephant is a symbol of strength and longevity. Let's pray we have the strength to remove the obstacles and get our economy moving in the right direction.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

May 28, 2012 06:35 AM #34
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Thanks Barbara-Jo,

Elephants have always been a wecome sight to many, from the circus and the zoo. Dumbo was one of my favorite Disney movies, I think it's because he could fly! Oh to soar like an elephant and be free!

I hope your sales are soaring!

May 28, 2012 06:38 AM #35
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Kristin,

I've never visited the zoo in Philadelphia, but I'd like to. In the state of the economy, I have to wonder how all captive and exotic animals are faring today? They must also feel the brunt of the financial woes that plagues our nation, including our climate changes. They need to eat and exercise, just like us. THEY NEED BETTER ACCOMMODATIONS! How much does it cost to run a zoo?

I say, Life is Good when you don't have the weight of an elephant on your chest, but do you think the elephant has been saying, Life is Good when you don't have the weight of humans on your back? They say an elephant never forgets - nor will we forget these historical times today.

All the very best to you Kristin and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and concerns.

May 28, 2012 06:46 AM #36
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Al and Peggy,

Yes! The time is now - to thine own self be true - follow your bliss - don't wait for change to be handed to you - seize the moment!

I think we all have to ask ourselves, what are the tangible and intangible benefits for every task we take. Once we figure that out, we do the best we can to make it work. Regrets are hard to live with, if you never try.

May 28, 2012 06:51 AM #37
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Lorena,

The strain of our economies has brought many closer together. Sharing our thoughts and ideas helps us to grow and put things into perspective.

It's a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you!

May 28, 2012 06:52 AM #38
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Nick,

I'm so sorry you couldn't see the elephant outside his jailed pen, poking his trunk through the wired fence in search of food, where his feet stood on the other side on dry and crumbled soil.

As a baby boomer, I was raised to think retirement was my oyster, but that was a lie. I can't turn back the pages of time. The time for change is now and I'm the Director of what I become from this day forward.

May 28, 2012 06:56 AM #39
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A, you give me a reason to keep blogging, as do so many other gifted writers and all the others who have commented here on this blog post and previous posts too. I get my inspiration from my observations of things I see in life and from people, exactly like you.

You are so appreciated. Thank you!

May 28, 2012 07:01 AM #40
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Hi Patricia...it is Sad to see any animal behind bars. We went to the Portland Zoo last Summer. The elephants there seem happpy and well cared for...yet you have to wonder if they had a choose, where would they be.

Have a fun day and successful week!

May 28, 2012 07:08 AM #41
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Hi Fred...your point is so well taken. I think many of us are asking the same question, "if I had to choose, where would I be, and why?" Life is so short, for some, shorter than others. Those that fought for our country, those we memorialize today, for the sake of freedom, because they thought they were making a difference, did they succeed? If we have the power to choose, would we do the same things, all over again? Would we cower and hide because of fear, or would we fight harder to defend what is ours, or should be ours, or was promised to be ours? But there are no promises, are there. All we have is what we've got now and the power to change rests with us, individually, and should not be decided by our government, Corporate America, or people of influence. 

As long as I am not an animal in the zoo, and a person with free will, I have to believe, exploitation ends today!

May 28, 2012 07:22 AM #42
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Patricia- well written as always.  We do have choices... we may not always like what they are but they are choices nevertheless.  It is up to us then to take action, step forward and choose.

May 28, 2012 07:39 PM #43
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Kathy,

True! One of the great rewards we reap as a result of living in a country that has freedom the ability to make choices!

Have a great day and exercise your right to choose what's best for you.

May 29, 2012 05:41 AM #44
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Interesting post Patricia. I have to agree with your elephants and captivity - and our souls too,  shrivel without hope, freedom and good decisions. There is so much going on in this post - elephants (beautiful, intelligent and kind creatures), arrogance of man, arrogance of government - the symbolism is profound. Sending you good thoughts today my friend.

May 29, 2012 06:12 AM #45
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Patricia - this is a wonderful post and I can't believe it hasn't been featured. Suggesting. I feel so sorry for the baby elephant.

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