Ashes

This weekend was Labor Day weekend.  It’s supposed to be a time to relax and have fun with family and friends.  In central Texas this weekend however, people were racing out of their homes grasping onto the things that were precious to them as fire raged towards them.  The fires have not ended for many.  Others began yesterday going to the plot of charred land that used to be called “Home”.

We live very close to all of this and on top of a very tall hill.  We could see fire from every direction.  On Monday, ashes were blowing up to our hill.  I kept thinking, “This was someone’s possessions, now blowing in the wind”.  I made boxes of legal papers and made a plan of what I would take with me “just in case”.  But, when you really think of it, it is all just ashes eventually.  The people that surround us are so important to us and often we treat the “things” we treasure better than the people we say we treasure.  Why is that?  Why can’t we remember with sufficient force to love people and know that things are  just things.

I’ve also thought often during this weekend of the police and fire fighters and other workers trying so desperately to save homes and property.  I wonder if their property was in danger.  I wonder what their families were doing while these courageous people risked their lives to save lives, but also to save “stuff”.  I know it’s their job and I am so glad that people are willing to do it.  But just think – they gave up their “Labor Day Weekend” for us!  Now that is amazing to me – job or volunteer!

I want to dedicate this blog to all of those who have and are continuing to work so hard to help friends, family and strangers find their way back to “normal”.  I also am hoping that we can become a little more conscious of the people we have around us and a little less self absorbed with our “stuff”.

My Opinion

Have you ever been somewhere at a business establishment and thought to yourself, “I sure wish they would ask me my opinion”.  I certainly have.  I have, on a number of occasions thought of countless ways that they could do business better.

For instance, in one chain department store they cram the racks so full of stuff you can’t get your fingers in between the hangers to find your size.  And, unless you are a size 0, you can hardly walk in between each rack to get to the next one.  Ok, so I get it.  You want to show us that you have a bunch of stuff.  I would much rather see less and feel more comfortable.

I recently also heard of another department store that turns their air conditioning off at 10pm and doesn’t turn it on again until 10am.  Really? This is your way of conserving electricity?  I dare say that I wouldn’t go in there and sweat my brains off to purchase anything, much less deal with the obviously cranky sales people having to stay there all day in the heat.

So, here I am posting my opinions about things.  I will continue to do so as cases arise.  Let me know your opinion.

Maroon 5 Train Contest

It has already begun, but it isn’t too late to get in on the contest.  Go to www.facebook.com/eclipsetexasmarketingsolutions and Like our Page.  THAT gets you 1 entry.  You will get another entry for each person you tell to Like our page.  Make sure they tell us that YOU sent them so you will get credit!

We will draw 1 name out of the bin on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011.  You and 1 guest will get tickets to see Maroon 5 and Train in concert at the Woodlands Pavilion at The Woodlands, Texas on Saturday evening, September 24th.  You will also be invited for a VIP meet and greet with Maroon 5 that evening.

Good luck to everybody and see you there!