Appreciation and Gratefulness

Oakland is a neighboring city not too far from San Francisco. It is a city plagued with endless violence. Two days ago, an armed security guard at an auto part store was shot dead. There were loads of comments on the news article. One particular one that stood out the most to me was a man asking "what kind of place do you live in when you need an armed security guard for an auto parts store and even he got killed?" On the same day, a 60-year-old man was killed in a hit-and-run collision. 15 minutes later, another man was killed in another hit-and-run collision which police suspects is related to the initial hit-and-run of the 60-year-old man. These kinds of violence are so common in Oakland. The city counsel has been working for years to make Oakland a safer city but to no avail. Oakland also has a hard time hiring police officers because even they get killed in drive-by shootings. Oakland police officers are paid much higher than other cities but that kind of money still don't attract people to apply.

There are too many gangs, drugs, and poverty in Oakland. I guess kids growing up in poverty and gangs become so numbed by their environment that they don't have much regard for a brighter future. It's talked and debated about that you are the product of your environment. The argument has always been that the poor people struggle for survival hence they resort to any means necessary to survive. They have little or no education nor job experience; therefore, they are economically disadvantaged, and because of this, they simply don't have a better chance in life. An ex-coworker of mine thinks that it is because Oakland has mostly black people living there which is the main reason why politicians don't care to do much to alleviate the problems plaguing the city. Whatever the root cause of the problem is, it is just sad, so sad that people have no regard for another human being, that they have to resort to violence to solve whatever issues they have.

I was walking home yesterday and I noticed the moon was visible at 4:30pm. The tiny white speck high above in the sky is the moon.

By the time I was near my house, the sun was setting. I live near the ocean. If you look at the picture closely, the far end is the ocean. I thought how beautiful the scenery was and how grateful I am to have what I have in life. I hope you all take time to appreciate how precious life is and to be thankful for what you have because there are so many out there that are suffering and enduring so much pain and hardship.


Gratitude said...

Well said, dear Rose! Violence especially in concentrated places often is a result in the total breakdown of communication within the community, often coupled by the inaction of enforcement agencies. Do hope the next elected representative works harder to address the issue. here in Malaysia, the lawlessness that is getting worse by the day is due to rampant corruption in the police force which has negatively impacted the community which sees the police as being more interested in conducting illegal roadblocks and raids with the intent of collecting bribes. Community safety is neglected.

Agreed that we should set aside the negative thoughts and try best to focus on our abundant blessings.

Blessed Christmas to you and all loved one! ^_^
May peace be with you ...always!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and family! :)

Life Melodies said...

It's always the underpriviledged and poor that are neglected by society. Alot I believe comes from parenting and support of the family. It is difficult to stray from the path of violence but it is possible. We have seen miracle stories of people who grew up in turmoil and succeed.

Hope for the best to you and your family this coming holidays!

Dora said...

yeah, that's right! I've stopped blaming & started to appreciate what I have as I understand I'm one lucky person :-)

Merry Christmas to u & to your family!

Cheryl said...

Very poignant post. How sad it is to constantly hear such stories, over and over...We all have to try and help out our fellow man the best we can. The photos were great, when I saw the one of the ocean I thought how neat, here I sit at the ocean opposite you and how we have come to "know" each other through blogging! Now that is something I am very grateful for! Happy New Year to you and your family.

Superman said...

Really need to appreciate what we had. People are getting more violence nowadays. Really sad to hear the story.
I like your photos! Really great. I bet it must be nice to live near the sea. Nice seaview everyday. :)
Happy New Year to you and family!

levian said...

oh gosh, how terrible some people can get. i can't imagine what could have caused them to be so violent. we are indeed so very lucky to be appreciating the good during these moments. you did well. hope you had a great christmas! :)

Ryhen Satch said...

"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (MATTHEW 5:5)

I tend to look at the bigger picture regarding these matters. The extremely rich, blessed with every conceivable form of wealth yet are under an enormous pressure to keep everything under control just to stay in power, form one side of the picture. The poor, 80% of the total population that provides the pressure to the rich, form the other side of the picture. There's balance, you see. =)

The people in Oakland... well, they're not really that unique. Visit my country and you'll see what I mean. hehe.

Great article, btw... really makes people think about what's going on with life on Earth.

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Dora said...

Happy New Year 2010 to u Rose Belle & to your family! :-)

foongpc said...

Nice photos! Yes, always be grateful and thankful! Once in a while, I would list out 10 things I'm grateful for and believe me, I feel so much happier after that! : )

A Vecchioni said...

It's so difficult to tackle gang related violence. It sounds like things are really bad in Oakland. Here in Chicago things have gotten worse during the economic downturn. Shootings are up, and now that the mayor has decreased the size of the police force, I think police are taking a more hands off approach because they feel like they are not being given the resources. It's disappointing, because the more disenfranchised neighborhoods are being run over with gang culture, grafitti and violence.