Thoughts on Manor HouseĀ 

I checked out Manor House from the library. 

If you’ve ever watched Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs then you’d probably enjoy this show. 

It’s a reality show where a group of people volunteer to live for 3 months following 20th century Edwardian societal rules. 

The upper crust live the high life, but the staff? They’re struggling to cope under the strain of the workload. 

It’s hard for me as a young person in the 21st century to understand the rigors of the working class at that time…

Imagine working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week for pennies per hour (servants were paid a lump sum per year).

Of course, times were different and that was a decent wage. The servants were also given shelter and food everyday, which was better than most people enjoyed. 

I appreciate history; however, I’m so glad to live in the 21st century!

Hodgepodge Monday

My mind’s been all over the place, which means piecing together a normal string of thoughts is next to impossible. 
Here are 3 things I’ve been chewing on:

  • The importance of my words. 

There were several times today that I really needed to shut up. I ended up saying a few things that would’ve been better left unsaid. 

On Sunday, Bob Goff talked about transferring $500 to any person he has a critical word for because words always cost us something. 

Obviously, I can’t transfer that kind of money but Bob’s right. Our words have a high cost. 

  • Learning to be more honest with myself. 

I am a recovering feelings stuffer. Not owning up to what’s happening in me and around me is what I’m naturally good at doing.

 This is not healthy, of course, which is why I have a network of trusted friends and family to help me. 

  • I can’t believe JoJo didn’t get the final rose on The Bachelor!

Yes, I watched The Bachelor this season and got sucked into the craziness of Bachelor Nation. 

And I just knew JoJo was the one…

Oh well! She’s the newest bachelorette, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens there. 

What are some things on your mind today?

The trouble with being famous

I watched American Idol tonight for the first time in about 5-6 years. 

Most of the people auditioning were teenagers around 15-18.

They were good, though, I am shocked that their parents are allowing them to be thrust into the public eye at such an early age. 

No pile of money is retribution enough for the microscope of celebrity status. 

Of course, American Idol is a wonderful way to get discovered as well.

Maybe I should call this post “The Pros and Cons of American Idol”….

Let me ask some questions that I hope do a better job at explaining why I’m not sure how I feel about the whole thing:

  • What motivates someone to seek out the spotlight?
  • Can nationwide approval truly offer validation?
  • Is he or she prepared to pay the high cost of fame?

There’s a possibility that I am overthinking, but these are the questions that came to my mind as I watched the show.