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The Lake

The events of this story show the alarming change on today’s society as an entitlement mindset. This story is one of my own. It was a warm sunny day in May of 2017, almost summertime, and the family was gathering at the lake house for the Memorial Day weekend holiday. The journey began in New Mexico with, our destination the great state of Texas. We formed a caravan with my husband leading the pack with two jet skis in tow. I drove behind him, and my daughter and two grandkids brought up the rear. The plan was for my husband to stop and pick up our favorite barbecue and meet us at the house. His focus was the barbecue ribs. We all waved as he turned off and we continued to the lake.


As our little caravan approached the gate and headed down the steep hill, we could clearly see that the lake was buzzing with excitement. There were hundreds of people gathered to enjoy this three-day holiday weekend.


The energy was high with the sound of boats buzzing on the water, the kids playing in the sand, and loud music blaring in all directions. I thought to myself, “I haven’t seen the lake this busy since the Fourth of July!”


As I drove down the hill and entered the circular drive that encompasses the small lake, there were clusters of families and friends picnicking and celebrating the holiday. As I passed by the picnic tables and grills, the air was filled with the aroma of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. With so much happening, I hardly noticed how slowly the car in front of me was driving. The speed limit was 30 mph and as slow as 20 mph in some spots, but this car was barely moving. The vehicle in front of me was an older model white convertible. The convertible top was down, and you could clearly see the dark-haired young man at the wheel. I assumed he was traveling slowly to avoid the two golf carts in front of him. Then I looked a bit closer and realized that the golf carts had pulled to the side of the road. The young man in the convertible had his arm outstretched with his phone in his hand. He was filming the lake as he drove, or maybe a selfie as he swerved to either side of the road. I imagined he would speed up when the golf carts pulled to the shoulder to let him pass. But no, he continued to crawl along driving below the speed limit with cell phone in hand, filming all the while. I realized that he did not care that there were cars behind him. He had no clue I was even there. It was all about him. It was as if he was the only car on the road. After a few minutes I was able to go around him, but my daughter, in the car behind me, had some difficulty as he continued to swerve from side to side. She later said, “I could not believe he was holding up traffic while filming the lake and himself.” He sneered and said something derogatory as she passed him, dodging his swerving car all the way. “This is the most blatant display of entitlement I have ever seen,” I thought. “This young man has no regard for other people. He is completely into himself. He has the entitlement mind-set.”


45 THEEDENMAGAZINE.COM e May 2019 This self-centeredness is only a portion of what has created the entitlement mind-set that some of us are superior beings. Unfortunately, this me mentality has become infectious and is not only accepted today, it is welcomed!


Why have we accepted this behavior? Did we forget we are all in this together? That we come into this life naked and with no things and we all exit the same way. Many folks are so busy accumulating wealth and establishing status that they have not come to terms that they can’t take any of it with them. And sadly, many people truly believe this is it! This is a sorrowful resolution. We are a spiritual people with many of us who have lost their way. Over time this materialistic mind-set has become the norm, our society has become focused on material things, the physical body’s appearance, and the ego. There has been little attention focused on the soul. My belief is that we are here to learn lessons that will grow our souls. Lessons that elevate us to become better human beings.


We have it all wrong! The world today has become a “me society.” We stopped putting others first; we put ourselves first! There are a few souls out there who still practice the Golden Rule. If you are not familiar with the Golden Rule, this is what it says: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.”


What has happened to common courtesy and the use of good manners? I began to realize that I was not the only person noticing this type of entitlement behavior. I began to hear about this behavior on the news, from salesclerks while shopping or buying groceries, and from friends and family with kids of their own.


A New Mind-Set: Be considerate of others. Let the guy or gal get in front of you in line. Maybe this person has a bad leg and can only stand for a short time. With a small act of kindness, you can do something awesome for somebody without even realizing it. When you are considerate of other people’s feelings and needs, that same considerate energy comes back to you tenfold. What you are doing is reprogramming your mind to be considerate, and as a result, that is what you receive back from others—consideration.


Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society. ~Confucius


Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate and always to be gentle toward everyone. ~Titus 3:1–2


How did we get to this point in our society where everyone has the “me first” attitude? Did this mind-set stem from parents giving too much to their kids, or is it social media that has contributed to this thought process? It may be a result of both.


Where did this idea materialize that some of us are special and do not have to follow the rules? This is obviously learned behavior. The question is where did he learn this entitled behavior? And who approved of it!


How did we get to this point in our society where everyone has the “me first” attitude? Did this mind-set stem from parents giving too much to their kids, or is it social media that has contributed to this thought process? It may be a result of both.


Unfortunately, I have witnessed this behavior while out shopping, at the movie theatre, attending concerts, out to dinner, at the baseball game, and now at the lake on a holiday.


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Nancy Yearout is an Energy Healer, Intuitive Life Coach, Author and Inspirational Speaker. Her religious and spiritual work has enabled her to help many people to live the life they desire!


Her motivation and drive come from Source/God. Nancy feels inspired to share the wisdom and the messages she receives with others. Her real-life experiences are shared each week on her Radio Show/ Podcast, High Road to Humanity where insightful, spiritual guests share their story. This is Nancy’s way of each sharing new insight about raising the vibration and consciousness for all of us to create a healthy, Loving and kinder people as well as a safe harmonious place to live. My Credentials: Sales Coordinator for General Motors Corporation, Sales Manager for multiple Specialty Leather and Fur Stores, Owner and Qualifying Broker of The Harville Estates Real Estate & Development LLC, Owner of Energy Girl Publishing LLC., Author of, Wake Up! The Universe Is Speaking to You, Author of Monthly Contributor to Eden Magazine, Motivational/Inspirational Speaker, Intuitive Personal Coach Intuitive card reader, Energy Healer, Radio Host/Podcast High Road to Humanity.


Many folks have the mind-set that they are better than the next guy or gal and that they deserve to be number one. There are people who believe they are the only one who counts. This is what may be defined as classic narcissistic behavior. Please read the definition of narcissism from Wikipedia: Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one's own attributes. The term originated from Greek mythology, where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. Narcissism is a concept in psychoanalytic theory, which was popularly introduced in Sigmund Freud's essay On Narcissism (1914). The American Psychiatric Association has listed the classification narcissistic personality disorder in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) since 1968, drawing on the historical concept of megalomania.


Today she is happily married to the love of her life. Nancy Yearout Hosts a Radio Show/ Podcast every week on Toginet radio and iTunes called High Road to Humanity. Visit her website www.NancyYearout.com or her Podcast www.Highroadtohuma


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