In a conversation not that long ago with a friend, he said to me, ?You know, I don?t think you take a firm public stand on many things. You do so many feel-good stories that you seldom take a position for a cause of injustice or anything big.?
I listened patiently and allowed the conversation to come to a natural conclusion and end on a positive note. I wanted more time to consider what he was trying to say. Folks will sometimes think you are not interested about an issue if you do not enthusiastically agree with them.
You see, I?ve been working on producing/writing and sharing the kinds of stories that inspire and make us feel better about life. Stories about real people who endeavor to be the best they can be. The individuals I enjoy talking with the most are those who spend more time doing rather than complaining.
There are many causes to be excited about, but it?s not logical to expect anyone to champion them all.
I like sharing stories about places I find interesting, and as it turns out many of our viewers and readers like them as well.
I have no idea what true perfection is, and the thought of taking on the task of discovering what is the perfect this or the perfect that is more than I can tackle.
Based on the thousands of conversations I have had with people, I believe most of us live somewhere in the middle of life. By that, I mean most of us are not extreme in our views or actions. Instead, we are hard-working, peace-seeking and relationship-driven folks.
We neither have the time nor inclination to be forever in an emotional struggle. It?s not that we don?t care about things because we do, and at times with great passion.
We don?t always need to be the one taking credit, and often we prefer to remain anonymous in our deeds. We realize the time limitations we have, and we just want to work on being the best we can. It doesn?t always work out, but at least we try.
So, as for me and my public stand on things, I will share with you a little something I have written about the love I have for my Carolina home:
My Carolina Home
My very being
Longs for the comfort of my Carolina home
A place where people care enough to listen to the stories of life
A place where success is celebrated and failure is merely the sound of another door opening
My Carolina home is filled with hugs, biscuits and sweet tea
Our ghosts are friendly and our pirates are epic
Our shores are lined with the passage of time
Our mountains are a refuge from the troubles of life
People come from near and far to feel her loving embrace
We freely share our glorious place with those who come to be part of our ways
We know some will try to change the way we are
But we also know that it is they who will change with the passing of the days
My Carolina home is sweet and kind
She will be soft and strong for those who linger for a time
She has a backbone as strong as steel, and she knows just how to make you feel
Like you can?t wait to get back home when you?ve been away for a while
That?s my Carolina home
I remain committed to producing/writing and sharing even more feel-good stories because our viewers, our readers and I like them. They make us feel better, and that?s a good thing.
So that?s my grand cause and my official public stand.
Carl White is the executive producer and host of the award winning syndicated TV show ?Carl White?s Life In the Carolinas.? The weekly show is in its seventh year of syndication and can be seen in the Greenville, Spartanburg viewing market on WLOS ABC 5 a.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. Sundays at WMYA My 40. Visit www.lifeinthecarolinas.com, email White at Carl@lifeinthecarolinas.com.