Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Courageous Middle


            Some acquaintances and friends might take issue with my claim I occupy “the courageous middle.” Agreed, my political thinking leans to the right. But not the far right. And I believe that in most--certainly not all--areas of life, there is a middle ground. That delicate point of balance is often workable and acceptable but also difficult to achieve and maintain. Hence, the “courageous” designation.
            Please don’t assume I have no definite opinions on anything. I do. I just don’t feel everyone has to agree with me one hundred percent in order for us to get along. Whenever I see propriety run amok or hear people pontificating on a particular issue, I often think, “But wait. Somewhere there has to be a happy medium.” So I decided that, from time to time, I’d voice my thoughts on situations, pointing out the wisdom—and sanity—that can be achieved by taking the middle road.
            Don’t worry. These posts will seldom address burning political issues—that isn’t the focus of my blog. But notice I said seldom, not never. “Middlers” seldom deal in absolutes. (Again with the seldom.) For the most part, the topics will range from the frivolous—pedicures for five-year-olds (really?)--to the more weighty issues such as healthy lifestyles. (Pardon the pun.)
            For the sake of brevity, I won't tackle a specific issue in this post, but, trust me, I have LOTS of topics. Look for one to come very soon. And, PLEASE, offer suggestions. Areas you’ve noticed that could benefit from a balancing act. In the meantime, let me know if you consider the middle a wise solution or a cop out. Feel free to disagree. I’ll listen. I’m in the middle.

    

 

6 comments:

  1. I look forward to reading your posts from the middle! I'm a middler myself. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I'm more left of middle, but still mostly middle. Really!

    I look forward to your posts, Dee Dee.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I believe you, Sonia. You didn't have to add the "really"! :-)

      Delete
  3. I average in the middle. But that average is arrived at by my sometimes right, sometimes left positions on given topics.I was actually mocked by a few (including a professor) in law school for taking middle-of-the-road positions on two controversial (at that time) issues.They tried to goad me into picking a side. Sorry. I'm a middle child. It's in my nature to see both sides of the issues and work toward reconciliation. Which many find annoying. Somehow annoyance fuels me! Looking forward to your topics!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Also being a middle child,I hear ya, Shel. I agree that the middle is not necessarily the median--it can be the average. And balance is often obtained from equal amounts of tension being appplied from two extremes, although that is often a messy situation.Shame on that professor for mocking you! I'm not surprised, although strangely,I actually heard the phrase "courageous middle" from one of my professors!

      Delete
  4. I look forward to your balanced posts, and middle-ish stances. It takes courage to acknowledge that extreme positions often share common ground. In fact I think middling used to be a revered political trait! Bring it on Dee Dee :)

    ReplyDelete