Is Quality of Life Decreasing in America?
On the Facebook page of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers I recently shared something recently read.
The Victory Gardens were not just part of the war effort – it was survival. I followed that read with an outstanding story of an Australian race horse. Completely unrelated except that Shannon was a young horse at the time of those rations. It spoke of the rationing of tires and food, of not being able to get the horses to the turnout farms because fuel and resources were used for the war effort.
It brought up the question about the quality of life now, as compared to the 1940s. I wasn’t around then, but from family that was, having little to eat was not something that was comfortable. Not knowing where the meals would come from and a host of other issues is stressful.
But in many ways, from a quality of life standpoint, wasn’t it slightly better? Looking at today, how much do we really want to give up of current day comforts? I could do without cell phones, but many wouldn’t know how to survive without checking for texts on a regular basis. It’s become part of our life.
Over the last 40-50 years there’s been dozens of time saving devices introduced, from microwaves to dishwashers. We even have floor cleaners that work on their own. And yet with all that free time we have kids without proper supervision and teaching. There’s more anxiety and an increase in medicating emotional problems.
How many of those could be lessened with some time cleaning a barn, or taking a ride on a horse or spending some time in the garden? Why do we look to OTHERS to provide our food choices, as if we can’t do it ourselves?
Some points to consider, and some points we’re doing something about with planning clinics, classes, retreats and more. If our health – including mental health – isn’t important then why blame companies, food and a host of other people rather than the decision to remain in a stressful situation.
Some folks are addicted to drama. They swear they want out of it, but remain in it, foster it, feed it and cut out those that threaten to interrupt or smother their drama teddy bears. They ride the satisfaction of being right, the depression of battling and being misrepresented but continue right on doing the same thing and feeding the same energy. This isn’t one or two people folks – it’s millions of them. It creates chaos where it really doesn’t need to be.
Quality of life means a lot. I think of toddlers who don’t want to let go of their blanket even to be washed, as if it will disappear. Life isn’t about giving up things, it’s about starting over and making a life. Not making a survival. Isn’t that what quality of life should be?
We have so much surrounding us our grandparents could not have imagined! Let’s use it to make things better – not as a crutch to avoid washing the blanket.