Take Care of Yourself
Essays for Life
by Jim Qualls
It’s easy to get jaded in this life. Don’t let it happen. Ours is a divided era. I can’t walk into work or church or a civic or family gathering without being immediately aware that there are different, even polarized, perspectives around the room. While I’ve developed my own opinions on many things, I’m quite certain my methods for developing these opinions have evolved. I want to be more objective and considerate than I’ve ever been, because more than ever I believe “the truth will set you free.” And, so, I cannot let sarcasm and bitterness and prejudice tell me that everything inevitably will go downhill. Some things are better. Some things need fixing.
I’ve always been involved in bringing hope to our world. An initial little boy’s wish to be a wolf biologist has turned into a lifelong in-depth study of our natural world and involvement in environmental conservation, even though I missed a turn and didn’t quite make it onto Wild Kingdom. And, all these years of “people work” haven’t soured me. Instead, I’m more sure than ever that with one word, one deed at a time, we can do the better thing in our society and our world. It’s not “dog eat dog.” In taking care of those around us, we in turn take care of ourselves.