January 31, 2021
Good morning friends. The first month of the New Year flew by in action packed fashion. Antics by both sides of the political spectrum continued. The decision making of our “leaders” confuse and dismay me. It makes me wonder how some of these individuals were elected. Tomorrow we roll into a new month. February brings new avenues to achieve success. I have no doubt the month will go quickly; it always does. Let’s do our best to make each day spectacular. Tuesday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day. I hope, for the sake of those in wintery climates, Punxsutawney Phil doesn’t see his shadow; forecasting an early spring. If he sees his shadow, then six more weeks of winter is possible. The fate of winter and our future may be unknown, but I plan to enjoy whatever each new sunrise brings. Challenges and change will always exist. Success can be achieved when you stay focused, maintain a positive attitude, use fortitude and hard work to propel yourself through adversity. Life is full of opportunities! Open your mind and grab them before they pass you by.
America is a great country and amazing place to live. It’s a land filled with possibilities. I’m sure people around our planet share my sentiment about their homes. There are many incredible nations with wonderful people across the globe. I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with some of them during my travels. We all have things to be thankful and grateful for; most importantly life. Our existence on earth, and the freedoms we share, are precious and valuable gifts. These privileges should never be taken for granted or assumed. We have endured many struggles over the course of time to ensure freedom and our way of life is protected. Complacent or apathetic attitudes have the ability to bring disastrous consequences. Life shouldn’t hinge on being a democrat, republican, liberal, conservative; or what your race, nationality, gender or religious belief may be. Life, here in America and across the earth, should be about being a person of good character. Be a role model who values good principles in support of our nation. If a person consistently displays integrity, respect, honesty and loyalty; they easily gain my esteem and gratitude. These four character traits seem to have faded for some individuals over the last decade or two. The moral qualities America represents and stands for continue to slowly erode. Extreme interpretations of our ethics, laws and Constitution has created a nation of politically correct fear based fanatics; while some see themselves as “victims” of our society. America is not filled with racists or evil individuals, as some politicians want you to believe. Every nation on this planet has a segment of extremists within population. We all have biases to contend with, because we’re all humans. Coexisting with others on this floating rock in the universe has always been tenuous. Some just seem hell bent on increasing that difficulty.
Life is an interesting and challenging process. Hard work, principles, discipline and determination are a few traits that help create success. Sitting on your rear doing nothing or living on government subsidies only breeds disrespect and malcontent. America is a nation built by immigrants. People come to this country to live in a free society. They have the opportunity to build a better life in freedom. The majority of these individuals work hard to achieve success and live their dreams. My fathers’ parents came to the United States from Italy in the early 1900s. My mom and her family immigrated here from Italy in the late 1930s. They, along with millions of others, were proud to become Americans. My sister and I asked our parents why they didn’t teach us how to speak Italian when we were kids. Their reply, “We are Americans. English is our language. You didn’t need to know Italian.” This was the mindset of many hard working immigrants that were eager to become citizens. The tax dollars of Americans fuel this great nation. Now we have many people struggling with economic hardship; influenced by the pandemic and restrictions created by unscrupulous politicians. Our country, its people and many businesses need assistance. Instead, our leaders are sending billions of tax dollars to foreign lands, or giving it to wealthy corporations. Their idiotic decisions ruin businesses, increase unemployment, while sending our jobs to other countries. It’s evident some politicians don’t care about our nation. When does our government actually start helping its own citizens? I’m not opposed to helping others, but shouldn’t our people and country be the primary concern. Our military veterans, homelessness, small businesses and a variety of other social issues are in desperate need of attention, care and repair. Some political leaders work to keep our nation divided. They spread fear and hate; having you believe your fellow Americans are evil or not deserving. These deceitful manipulations are both ludicrous and wrong. It’s time we all show gratitude for life and each other.
Family values should be a primary corner stone for building lives in America. The majority of us live fast paced lives; that is often demanded by society. We can become consumed by the chaos and madness. The speed at which we live erodes our time and the importance of families. The pandemic restrictions forced many families to stay home, but has that solved the problem? Children are left alone at early ages; when parental support and guidance is most important in their development. Parents need to be role models, while they empower their kids with family values, structure and discipline. Self-esteem, confidence and character traits that instill the difference between right and wrong are advantageous in their development. We’ve witnessed the ravages of alcohol, drugs, extremist ideology, criminal behavior or suicide; from our youth into adulthood. Why are we allowing this to happen? Are we that obsessed with our own lives or pursuits of grandeur? It’s a tragedy how some parents subject their children to this behavior. This demonstrates how we continue to remove the love of God and country from many aspects of life. The government shouldn’t control our worship of God. We should be proud to recipe the Pledge of Allegiance and sing our Nation Anthem. We’ve allowed political extremism to remove important pieces from life. Removing respect and loyalty to others and our Nation is increasingly easy. “One Nation, under God, with Liberty and Justice for all.” Our great nation was built on principles, that continue to be thrown away by an extremist mentally. Let’s bring back our national pride, our self-respect, dignity and loyalty to God and Country.
Innovation and education are amazing things. New ideas, concepts, creations and advancements in technology bring us an array of amazing and time saving products. Vehicles, electronics, medicine, manufacturing and housing are just a few examples of advancements over the last century. Our nation, the world and civilization has come a long way. Learning has developed and changed during that time too. The educational process has provided many people the opportunity needed to achieve individual success. It has given others the boost to reach higher goals to bring their dreams and creations into reality for the world. While many aspects of education remain similar to previous ages, some aspects have altered into an evil mix. Reading and writing are essential and have the process is the same. Mathematics, science and medical studies continue to grow. History is a subject a great debate and controversy. This is where we have allowed professors and teachers take liberties in this field of study. The problem began years ago; when individuals, school boards, historians or politicians, made decisions on what and how “history” should be taught. Now we have “artificial intelligence” monitoring and caring for our needs. Robots to keep us company are on the near horizon. Talking to a small box in your home collects and tracks more than just data about you. How long will it be until our advances reach “Technological singularity?” Is that even possible? I’m not sure I want a robot as a friend. I’d rather share my time with other humans.
We know there may be uncertainty and challenges ahead. Change is one constant in life. We are a nation of immigrants; mixed by race, nationality, culture, gender and religion. Some political leaders continue to spread hate, fear and division. Don’t allow them to shame or coerce you into believing this madness. Don’t be manipulated by an extremist left or right mentality. Educate yourself and be an independent thinker. If you continue to believe this hate filled narrative, you will remain fearful and controlled by deceit. I’m not naïve and I do recognize our planet has its share of idiots, extremists, racist and evil individuals. They come in all colors, races and national origins. It’s a sad fact of this world. I respect the heritages of all people. We are all humans seeking the same peace, equality and freedom America has represented for decades. I enjoy my cultural heritage, but I’m always an American first. Life is truly a magnificent creation of beauty and pleasure. All people are equal and deserve to live in a free society in God’s universe. How we care and respect ourselves reflects on how we will treat others. Show kindness and love to yourself and then to others; it will in turn be shown to you.
Life really is an amazing and fabulous thing. Don’t waste it on fear or hate. Now is the time to do all you can to make this the best life ever!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!