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People Read Too Much Into Things

People Read too much into things

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People read too much into things, really we do.

I think part of it is the written word leaves much to interpretation and often we interpret why we would do this or that and put those same reasons on other people.

The other stumbling block may be that the more time we spend on social media the less we understand expression, nods, light in the eyes, which are all a huge part of communication.

As a 64 year old white male, I don’t have the luxury of being offended or caring what people think I am or am not. I spent 30 years in the media where every hair on ones head had to be in place and if words were spoken incorrectly the audience would call the television station to explain how uneducated you were.

I also have an advantage in this area as I ran for statewide political office in Oregon.

If you want to jump from one ego crushing job to the next, politics is defiantly the way to go.

The media had a box they wanted to shove me into but I never stayed put. They couldn’t fence me in.

In the end I think that’s why I lost the election….If I had won I honestly don’t know if I’d still be alive.

The other day a couple of people who do not know me and I know nothing of them took it upon themselves to try to change my behavior. You always know something is coming when the sentence starts with “I really used to like you.” I’ve learned chances are they really didn’t but have no other way of starting their attack so they try something like that as if it’s going to sound better.

Why they don’t appreciate me now is of no concern to me.

I stopped doing what people want me to do a long time ago and now do what comes natural to me.

One day it may be a political rant the next a sweet story on someone I meet who touches my life.

I may post pictures of me at the gym showing someone a new workout or on a bike ride with my wife.

This is all part of my life and if that somehow offends or bothers someone to the point they have to call me a name, so be it.

I spent 30 years in a little box in everyone’s living room called a television. I escaped from that box in 2008 and have been swimming up stream against the current ever since.

I will never go with the flow or think like the crowd.

Perhaps it’s time we all just allow people to do what they do and stop reading too much into things.

Chances are both my complainers are reading this blog right now.


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Tim Ravndal
Tim Ravndal
Oct 10, 2023

Rick, I sometimes I have to wonder if we are brothers. Seems we are on the same path standing on freedom and liberty without fear. The soldiers aka keyboard warriors are always on target with the claim that you/I should adhere and obey the marching orders from those that live in virtual reality. I often remind myself that retreat is not an option, but advancing from a different direction standing on the truth is always the choice I am free to make. "Freedom is Never Free"


Wayne Gilbert
Wayne Gilbert
Oct 09, 2023

I still like you, Rick. I rarely agree with you, but I still like you. 😁


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