Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you question everything because of your own morality? Where personal feelings are disregarded, put on the wayside, completely ignored, and you just have to do something because you’re told to do it?
This is what my mind is mulling over at the moment. And I’d like to know your thoughts.
Let me paint you a picture…
It’s a weekday afternoon; the day has gone by pretty fast. You’re thinking about your plans for the evening – dinner and a DVD with the husband and kids – when your friend calls you. She asks you about coming to a party she’s throwing. This is not your typical party. There’s not going to be loud music and booze and fun all around. I mean, yes, there will be fun, but it’s actually a make-up party. You start to consider, thinking that it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your foundation and you could really use some new eye shadow anyway. Then, the friend tells you the name of the make-up line. It’s one you’ve never tried before, but have heard about on the news and through different Facebook posts. This make-up company is rumored to have tested on animals. Instantly, you freeze up – you LOVE all things fluffy, and bunnies should be loved and cared for and petted and they certainly should NOT be tested on! But your friend is all, “Oh, they’ve changed over the past few months. It’s not as bad as it used to be. There’s only some animal testing.”
They’re still testing on cute, fury creatures?!
You tell your friend that your not interested, but she insists, saying, “Oh, I’ve been using this product for years, and it’s really great for your skin. They even have a men’s line of facial creams! You can try everything when you’re here. I think you’ll like it. And really, the animal testing isn’t that bad. A lot of companies do it; they’re just better at hiding it.”
So, now, your friend is telling you that it’s perfectly acceptable, and others have done it before, so why not?
At this moment, you’re torn between sticking to your beliefs or risk alienating a good friend.
What are your thoughts? Would you be okay putting aside your beliefs or morals in this situation? What about at work, if the company is asking you to do something you believe is wrong? Would you still do it, or risk losing your job?
Please tell me in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!
Well, here we are folks - My First Blog Post...
It's a bit daunting, to be honest. I've wanted to do this for a while, but something kept me from doing so. It was probably that little voice in my head that says, "You don't have time for that right now. I mean, look at all the books you have to read, and your family needs you to make dinner again tonight, and work demands your focused, undivided attention. You can always start your blog next year."
Well, Little Voice, I'm here to tell you to shut up! It's time I did this, and you can just go away! (Sorry, I'm listening to a fast-paced Yo-Yo Ma selection and it kind of got me all riled up. Whew, "Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major" is playingnow....
Moving on to the good stuff.
The basics: I've grown up knowing the love of both of my parents, who are still married today, and have always encouraged me. I am 25 (almost 26, eek!) years old and I have so many interests, I could be a catalog. Just open my brain up and point anywhere... You're bound to find something I could talk to you about for hours. I love all things geeky (my favorite being Doctor Who) and all things bookish and musical. And, again, I could talk about them for hours. I love Disney. I can really relate to Belle from Beauty and The Beast. My friends will tell you, do not ever mention you think anything bad about my Belle, because I can promise you that you'll regret it. I will never stop defending that lovely fictional character and her beautiful mind. I dream of becoming heroic and brave and marrying a man who will give me a library... *ahem* I mean, finding something good in any bad situation.
I've always wanted to be an author. As a little girl, that was the dream, other than being just like my mommy, with a husband and two kids whom I adore. I was always reading. I couldn't get enough at the library, and I always re-read the same books. My mom would read to me at night before bed a chapter from her Janette Oak books (which, thinking back, I was far too young to understand any of them. Why did Marty want to live with a man and little girl she didn't even know?! Why??). I would beg her to read me more, each night. But, being the responsible (and probably tired) parent she is, she made me go to bed with the promise of another chapter the next night.
As time went on, I lost a love of reading. I mean, I guess I always enjoyed it, but not as ferociously as I do now. When it came time for me to choose a career, it was about what could make me money, and what I was good at doing. I had completely forgotten about wanting to become an author and went into the dramatic world of Hospitality Management. I'm not complaining about my job, I promise. I work in the sales department of a 3-star hotel and I get weekends and holidays off. It's a cushy gig with which I am not willing to part.
I've done a lot in my life that I sometimes take for granted (what? So I'm not perfect. Trust me, of this I am aware). My grandma and mom started singing together when my mom was 18, and she and my grandma became a traveling duet. Once I was born, I was also thrown into the mix. My mom used to tell a story from stage when she was introducing me - "Two weeks before Torie was born, I was on stage singing with Mom. And then two weeks AFTER Torie was born, we were back on the road again!" We traveled and sang together until I was 19 (we have CD's and posters and even a book!). My grandma still continues the ministry today. I was able to go so many places as a part of the trio. Pigeon Forge, TN, small villages in Mexico, and even Israel, to name a few. We used to perform at Dollywood every year until I was 14. It was a blast and I do not regret one single second of that experience.
Soon though, it was time for me to spread my wings. And by "spread my wings," I mean quit traveling and focus on college. All good things must come to an end, and I wanted college to end sooner than anything else! I attended multiple schools, but ended up graduating with a BS in Hospitality Management from Rosen College at UCF (Go Knights!! Charge on! And can you please start winning this season? 0-8 is just shameful. Okay, I'll stop. Where's that comforting Yo-Yo Ma??).
Since then, I have been living at home, going through the daily routine of a daily life.
God is my first and foremost, as He is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It's because of Him and His blessings I am even here today. Thank you, Jesus, for everything. I have a mom and dad and a little brother who is 4 inches taller than me (but I can still take him down with a good tickle-attack to the ribs).
I'll probably never become an author, and that's okay. I'm perfectly content with this outlet, and whatever else God has planned for my life. Right now, I have the best best friend any one could ask for, and because of her influence and presence in my life, things can only go up!
I am beyond blessed, and beyond grateful
Life can be full of happiness - we just have to find it.
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11, NIV