Here it is, almost another new year and seems like we were just diapering 2013. What’s up with that? As far as years go, I’ve had one for the record books; my mother went to the doctor and all was well, I met a man I didn’t feel the need to stick a spork in when we were out to dinner (yet), I had a life changing surgery, my father has taken a turn for the worse and I was nominated for an Avatar’s Choice award. Well, I reckon technically two, Best Model and Best Blogger. I didn’t mention the last as a beg for votes, or as a brag, I included it as a point. Face it, we are all people. We aren’t those cartoony renderings that inhabit a virtual world called Second Life. Take away the pixel dust, and dimes to donuts there is a real live human being sitting at the keyboard, reading and communicating. All the time, whilst I went on and on about the solitary life of a Cao, my joys, comical mishaps, trials, and tribulations, you people, you “thems” out there, you listened, supported, laughed until we cried, cried just because it was needed at the time, hugged and kissed and smiley faced, but through it all you were there. Just there. Why on Earth do I call you a “them” you may ask? I’m so glad you did ask! Well, at least maybe Peep did, she’s kinda curious like that. You know them Aussie’s by adoption.
Because “thems” tend to care about others feelings, they aren’t out in the world looking out for themselves, taking care of “numero uno.” You know THAT guy, he’s a card carrying member of the “us” group. The ones who hang close in packish little cliques with their packish little ways, whispering, taunting, making fun of. Seriously, at any age, even childhood, is it even fun to torment another human being? What joy can be found in that? If you find you are unhappy with the people you associate with, take a step back and look at the behaviors you “us’s” are throwing about because sometimes it’s pretty stealth and hidden. Think about that one person who never quite makes it into an agency, or in a show, or never quite fits into the camaraderie, the very genetic makeup of the group. Now think about the groups behavior toward the person… nah, never mind, don’t worry about it, they are obviously a “them,” so who cares about their feelings anyway? Right? Does this feel familiar to your set of friends? If it does, I’d take a moment to reflect, is this the face you want to show the world? Because eventually this sort of boorish behavior is going spill to your real life too, and personally I’d shudder at being considered that kind of monster.
Take from? Of course! High gravity Monday after all. It’s in the title, reindeer games refers to any fun activities which are enjoyed only by members of a clique, the fact of which is very obvious to anyone existing outside of said clique in order to make them feel inadequate and left-out. Well, I’ve had the year from ‘ell, but even I know, the best part about being that jerk in the group, it’s not set in stone, you can move away from these behaviors and live by a more beneficial pattern. If just being good for Santa isn’t motivation enough, how about this. Ostracism, the “art” of excluding someone, sure, it hurts the object of the abuse, but studies have found that since we are social animals at heart, individuals who deliberately shun another person are equally distressed by the experience. I don’t know about you, but I think my New Year’s Resolution is going to be spending my time with those on the good natured end of the spectrum. Just a nickel of thought for this holiday season, spend it how ever you see fit. Have a great week!
Elephant Topiary (And I will get more indepth about this tomorrow) Purchase the elephant topiary at Patron or Salimar Luxury District and 100% of the Proceeds will go to save real world elephants at the Elephant Nature Park. Let’s help these majestic creatures because when they are gone, we will have lost a sacred treasure in our world.
PATRON The Art & Design of Eliz, Patron (79, 235, 30)
SALIMAR Luxury District http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SaliMar/95/127/502
★To sponsor an SEF Elephant costs USD$ 109.20.
★That’s approximately L$27,000 per elephant.
★That’s 54 donation/sales at L$499 each of the Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary per elephant sponsorship.
★Now we multiply that by 35 Elephants which is the current sponsorship goal.
★We can do it !!!
★In fact I have already sponsored one elephants all by myself (Eliza Wierwight) (actually with my son because he’d be sad if he wasn’t involved)
★Buy one gift boxed “Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary.” for yourself, buy lots and gift the ultimate legacy to a friend, make a donation, bit by bit we can do this over the next month.
★ Tell your friends, spread the word.
★Meet some of ‘our’ Elephants….
★Meet the rest of ‘our’ elephants and read about their journeys to Elephant Nature Park