February 21, 2021
Good morning friends. Happy 2-21-21! I hope you are all doing well, staying happy and healthy. This past Monday, February 15th, we celebrated President’s Day. It’s the day our nation honors two of our historic leaders. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12th; while George Washington’s birthday is tomorrow, February 22nd. Combining the celebration of both these great men was initiated in the late 1960’s. It was part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which created more three day weekends for Americans. This change took effect in 1971. Prior to that, our nation celebrated both of these holidays independently. I suppose having a three-day weekend is the more important issue, not the actual men or their accomplishments. It always amazes me how humans attempt to manipulate or alter historic dates to fit our own agenda. If you haven’t, please take a moment to appreciate what these two men represented. Their strong character and values assisted in building this great nation. They are truly remarkable individuals, who turned their dreams for our nation into reality.
What are your priorities as we journey further into 2021? I’m sure neither of these two great presidents could have imagined what the future of our nation would hold. We have made great strides of progress since the colonial and civil war days. Unfortunately, some politicians and biased individuals, cast aspersions on these great leaders, our people and nation. I have found that when people make attempts to discredit strong leaders or others; they are pushing some diluted or radical agenda. Do not be fooled or influenced by unscrupulous manipulation of the truth. Remember that knowledge is power. The more you stay educated on what’s happening in our world, nation and your community, the better you will be in fending off the untruth. There are those who only seek to spread fear or mislead you with foolish notions. They only seek to gain more control.
This past week shared several significant events. February 17th, was Ash Wednesday; the beginning of Lent. This is primarily celebrated by Christian religions and a time of repentance. It precedes the coming of Easter and the resurrection of Jesus Christ (the Son of God). On Thursday the cork was popped with National Wine Drinking Day. The trajectory of the day drastically changed course later that afternoon when the Perseverance rover landed on Mars. Whether these events were the highlight of your week or not, they are all amazing in their own regard. If you gave up drinking wine for Lent, then the celebration Thursday tapped out. The Mars landing is truly a remarkable and significant event. It seems like we are truly reaching for the heavens. This mission; the search and exploration of the “Red” planet, could potentially produce interesting facts about the history of the universe. Evidence may be discovered revealing the existence of other life in the universe. Consider how far our space exploration has progressed. It really blasted off on April 12, 1961, when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Then on July 20, 1969 American Astronauts landed on the moon. The launch and construction of the International Space Station began on November 20, 1998. The first crew to reside in the space station were American Bill Shepherd and Russians Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, on November 2, 2000. They worked together for several months. I’m certain a celebratory glass of wine is the proper thing to do for these occasions.
Our world has witnessed incredible individuals; from all races, nationalities and genders; share their dreams, passions and exceptional insight. These men and women graced our planet with their presence. Throughout history people with extraordinary capabilities, visions and integrity have stepped forward to take a stand on moral, civic or controversial issues. They introduced new methods to promote freedom, equality, fairness and educate the world. Individuals with fantastic ideas brought them to life. These people fought to forge new ground in order to bring creativity, imagination, inventiveness and inspiration to life. America was built on visions and dreams of individuals promoting a better way of life. Our nation continues to travel forward along that same path into the stars. People who are supportive of growth and diversity, of our free society, are the backbone of this great country. As Perseverance begins its exploration for signs of life, let’s stand together, united for a better and greater America. Now is the time for strong voices to be heard. Your voice matters. It’s our responsibility to ensure our political leaders are doing what’s best for us, our nation and the world.
People around the globe continue to experience difficult and turbulent days. These are crazy and chaotic times. The struggles are real and often unavoidable. Worldwide pandemic madness is inflicting damage, both real and perceived. Fear, created by politicians, leaders and the greedy foolishness of wealthy individuals continues its spread. Tech giants are limiting use of social media outlets, applying their own brand of censorship and blocking entire nations from their platforms. Many businesses and individuals are struggling to maintain their livelihoods, while dealing with health or financial concerns. The economic devastation is both heartbreaking and sad. The mental, physical or spiritual health of everyone has been significantly impacted in one way or another. We are being hit hard each and every day. Fear, stress and anxiety seem to be working overtime, even when we attempt to convince ourselves otherwise. The effects from this devastation will linger for years. Those severely affected are in desperate need of aid and assistance.
Even planet earth was exhibiting its own problems; with severe weather changes, earthquakes, volcanic activity, avalanches and the like; plaguing our world. A large swath of America experienced bitter cold storms. Winter continued to sweep across our country from coast to coast. Frigid cold temperatures created deadly accidents, power outages and wreaked havoc on humans, animals and the earth. I’ve heard many accounts of the support and reliance of Americans during those dangerous storms. Some politicians and media outlets would have you believe otherwise. These individuals create more fear, while they point the finger of blame away from themselves or the true causes. I suppose they could blame the chilly weather on Punxsutawney Phil. He saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, February 2nd, which ultimately predicted six more weeks of winter. At least his prediction has been accurate to this point. It would be wise for these leaders or media sources to be more truthful in their accounts as well.
The events of this past week provided much to digest. How much of this can you control? The simple answer is, “Take good care of yourself. When you are confident with yourself, then you can assist others.” It’s not rocket science, but it definitely propels me. Why would I waste precious time on things beyond my scope of influence or control? Life is a one-time limited opportunity. Focus on what you can do to make your life the best. Stay focused, disciplined and continue to push forward. Ask yourself, “What’s my priority? What is most important to me?” The answers will vary from person to person. I can only tell you what my response is; “life.” I am grateful each and every morning I wake up and roll out of bed. Each new sunrise provides another day to fulfill my dreams, cherish those closest to me, share my love and live my best possible life. My gratitude leads me to an array of many things; including my daughter, family, friends, health and happiness. Decide what you want to accomplish, make a plan, believe in yourself and work hard every day to make it a reality. Don’t let your foolish thoughts or the fear used by others to block or restrain your progress.
Life is an ever changing mystery. It can flow smoothly, it can be complex or as difficult as you make it. We (humans) attempt to control whatever we can, by engineering specific events or altering outcomes to fit our own intentions. Don’t make life about possessions, things, money or greed. These only serve to create more dissatisfaction and unhappiness. My best method for navigating the universe is to allow it space to ebb and flow. Life always has a way of working its own magic. It creates and manifests itself without our knowledge. We can always do our best to work hard; with integrity, diligence and honor; to achieve our dreams and live our passions. The events beyond our control may seem to block or plague us at times. Don’t be discouraged. Life really is an amazing opportunity to thrive and succeed! Happiness is a choice. Positive thoughts begin when you believe. Be happy with who you are and believe in your own capabilities. Anything is possible. The stars are attainable, if you reach for them. Show yourself love, then it’s possible to show your love for family, friends, relationships and others. Make life your priority and live the best possible life for to you.
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!