Saturday, January 1, 2011

Common Sense Isn’t

What is the best way to ring in a New Year? Did you watch the ball drop at midnight counting down the last ten seconds of the old year to ring in the new, Kiss your spouse or partner, and sing "Auld Lang Syne," Now your next step is to make a list of resolutions, tune in or go to The Tournament of Roses Parade depending on where you are, eat some turnip greens and black-eyed peas, and so on and on…Traditions are a blessing and we always follow them to the letter, because that is what we have learned, but what are you going to do tomorrow?

Tomorrow you will sit back and try your best to get over that hangover if you chose to indulge a bit too much, and you will rub your stomach because like everyone else, me included you ate way too many greens and black-eyed peas, and maybe some of that dessert too, the resolutions are already out the window because New Years Day is over, and you are getting back into the swing of things as they were before the holidays.

I was talking to my Mom a while back and we came to the conclusion that common sense isn’t common at all, for example the district she works for is laying off an un common number of employees in the school system, all the way from custodians to teachers, but at the same time the district is building something like six new schools, now this didn’t make sense to me, so my statement was “Why don’t they hold off on building for now and hold on to the employees?” my common sense tells me that the money should be used to save jobs, but this money is budgeted for construction and cannot be used for anything else, so six new facilities will be built, and there will be a lack of employees to staff them because there is not enough money to pay them, makes sense to me.

This is like a family who has a savings account set aside as a vacation fund, all the money going into this account is to be used for a road trip only, in the meantime both Mom and Dad lose their jobs and now they can’t pay the bills or buy food, sitting there with no power or groceries they have an obligation to go on vacation because they have the money set aside for this purpose, starving to death they pack their bags for a trip rather than use these funds to pay the bills, because this is how it is supposed to be.

Common Sense tells me that I don’t need to be on a ladder, but those Christmas lights are not coming down by themselves, common sense tells me that the next step down on the ladder is where my foot is supposed to go, and common sense tells me that if I don’t watch my feet there is no telling where they will go, I trusted that foot to go where it was supposed to without watching it, wonder why I am laying on the ground.

How about for the New Year we try to use our common sense when dealing with life, open our eyes and watch where we are stepping because if we don’t we will be flat on our faces, use your money where you need it because there are a lot out there who wish that they had done so when they had the chance, we still have a lot of people out of work and going hungry, there are a lot who need a helping hand so if you have anything extra reach out and help someone, Have a Happy New Year and remember to use your common sense because for most people Common Sense Isn’t, is it?


  1. i think sometimes Common Sense is the hardest thing for people to use. have a great 2011

  2. Common sense isn't! Oh, that is clever and oh so true! Happy New Year my friend!

  3. haha....i have to keep wrapping my brain around this thought.
    You're completely right!
    Common sense isn't common at all!
    Sure isn't!!
    Happy new year to you and your family Jimmy!

  4. This is something that Bruce and I have been saying since we met 4 years ago. We have people who we are very close with masters degrees in education. They both teach and their two boys are 'gifted' and have been far above normal all their lives. The boys are now grown and pardon my saying "are dumb as a box of rocks". They haven't got an ounce of common sense. The parents are pretty much the same way. I could go on and on but it all boils down to Common Sense Isn't Common!!! Great post. Happy 2011

  5. Oh Jimmy, what a wonderful New Year post!

    And I couldn't agree with you more....

    "How about for the New Year we try to use our common sense when dealing with life, open our eyes and watch where we are stepping because if we don’t we will be flat on our faces..."

    I've always valued common sense more than book knowledge sense, because common sense is so much more practical.

    So, AMEN to common sense!

    Thanks for the great reminder!

    Happy New, buddy!

    Wishing you and Cindy a faaaaabulous 2011!

  6. That is too funny! And soo true! Hope you were okay off that ladder. Yikes!

    We are pretty traditional. Rung in the new year playing card games with friends. Eating black-eyed peas today.

    I am loving 2011!!

    Happy New Year to you and Cindy!!

  7. This is exactly why I was in bed at 9:00 last night. Here's to common sense AND a great year ahead.

  8. Hi Jimmy

    Happy New Year!

    No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it. ~Henry Ward Beecher

    May God Bless and Protect You in the Year to Come. ~Ron

  9. Hey Becca, Isn’t it amazing how hard it is for some to figure out, A Blessed New Year to you too my Friend.

    Cocotte, Happy New Year to you also, heres to common sense, hopefully we can spread the word :^)

    Good Morning Dawn, I have a feeling you have your brain wrapped around the thought really well as you use common sense all the time..right, OK well me either Ha Ha

    Hey Barb, Isn’t if funny how the smartest people have the least common sense, we had an engineer at the company I worked for I should write a post about Ha Ha he stood and watched a concrete truck dump a load onto a fitting just installed onto a water main, when he mentioned wanting to write his name in it, the joke was made for him to go ahead and do it, next thing he jumped down right into the concrete up to his knees and had to be dragged out of the common sense example right there Ha Ha

  10. Happy New Year Ron, Common sense does carry us further than book smarts, nothing wrong with book smarts as long as you use the common sense taught by your family also.

    Hey Angelia, Doing OK today but that last step was a doozy, Watched the parade this morning and have just enjoyed a quiet start to the New Year, you have to love a quiet day sometimes :^)

    Hey Betty, We did about the same thing, I read and Cindy watched the news, I woke up to hear the fireworks outside and said Happy New Year, Cindy was asleep so she didn’t hear anything :^)

    Amen Ron, “No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.”

    Happy New Year and may God Bless you too my Friend.

  11. Common Sense? Oh,'re so silly.

  12. Hey MC, Don't you think Silly just may be more common than sense :)

  13. Unfortunately, common sense seems to be a thing of the past, kinda' like frugality. The government doesn't exemplify it so the people figure why should they. Things could be so much better if they incorporated a bit of both into it.

  14. Well said Susan, Throw a little respect for others and yourself in there and we would be OK, seems that is a thing of the past too.

  15. The older I get, the more I realize how stupid earthlings are! It's not that hard is it? Do the right thing and treat people the right way. If we do these things, it will all work out for the best.

  16. Amen Pat, Treat people right and do the right thing, I always say if you have to lie about it or hide to do it then it is wrong, it is easier than most folks make it.


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