July 3, 2022
Good morning my friends. I hope you are doing well and enjoying life. Tomorrow, July 4th, is America’s Independence Day! Our country earned its freedom 246 years ago. If you are looking for a special date to celebrate, this is it! Since the inception of the United States of America, our nation has had its share of struggles, controversy and heartache. The nation continues to deal with social, economic and political issues. There are good and bad memories associated with the founding of our country (as there are with any nation or land on this planet). We continue to seek solutions and innovations to current (as well as old) matters, that plague our nation. When you look at the history of our world, this planet has endured much in the way of hardships, grief and growth. No one, or country, has been exempt from the evolution of time. We’ve survived disputes, conflicts, battles and world wars. Our military has provided protection, beginning with the Revolutionary War, until today. Without the service and sacrifice of these heroes, we wouldn’t be here to enjoy the day; or be able to celebrate our rights and freedoms. As you enjoy this special holiday, be sure to remember the men and women, in the service of our country providing protection, here at home and around the globe. Remember all the heroes (military, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel) across our nation, who risk their lives daily to ensure we are safe in our homes, communities and cities. Please include all these incredible individuals in your thoughts and prayers.
What does it mean to be an American? The answer to this question is very easy for me. The process began at an early age, when my parents taught me the meaning of “respect.” This education included respect for them, our family, other people, my country, our flag and the rights and freedoms we share living in this great nation. It also included how I must respect myself and others; in my thoughts, words, actions and deeds. This moral value built my strong foundation for many other character traits; including honesty, loyalty, integrity, discipline and work ethic. I grew up with respect for all people and things. It has been my cornerstone throughout my career and continues throughout my life. We (America) are a diverse people; culturally, ethnically, politically, religiously and socially. The binding factor is, we are all Americans. I wouldn’t expect us all to share the same beliefs or opinions. What I do expect is, for us to all honor the rights of others and their ideals; as long as they aren’t contrary to the laws of this nation. Expressing your thoughts or opinions does not entitle you to break the law or infringe on the rights of others. This nation wasn’t founded on your ethnicity, political affiliation or religious beliefs. Our country was created because people wanted to live in a free society; without tyrannical leaders or suppressive government rule. Somewhere over the course of time, our nation lost its moral character, beginning with respect. This simple trait is evident in how people treat one another, the value they put in their work and quality of their own lives. It’s reflective in our political leaders and the lack of respect many of them have for our land or its people. Our leaders (politicians or not) shouldn’t base decisions on religious, ethnic, political or cultural beliefs. The government was formed to maintain the nation; and to ensure our rights, freedoms and protection. The Constitution and Bill of Rights were written to enact policies, guidelines and laws for our nation to govern the land and keep us safe.
Today, our nation (and the world) is facing difficult and turbulent days. This is the time our leaders (political, social and religious) need to step up and do what’s in the best interest of all people. Decisions, policies and laws should be based on what will make America better; not what will get politicians re-elected, fill their pockets or increase the profits of their campaign contributors. I realize that in todays’ age, it’s impossible to satisfy everyone. There will always be individuals who expect something for free and feel they were denied their fair share. It makes me sick when I read about a statue, or piece of American history, being removed because someone was “offended” by its presence. If it was only as easy to remove “offensive” individuals from this country, it might be a better place. Why do we continue to bend over backwards to please this stupidity? Do people (or our leaders) believe if they remove historical artifacts, history will change or be wiped clean? Attempting to erase history won’t alter the past. It only serves to create further division and fear. What happened in the past is gone and can’t be changed. Today, we are living in the present. We’re responsible for our decisions and actions, that will carry us into the future. In my opinion, we (and our government) are to blame for creating a society that believe they can have everything without doing any work to achieve it. The entitlement, apathy, lack of respect or laziness of our nation amazes me. Until we have leaders who instill strong values; like integrity, respect, discipline and confidence, to build a better nation, our old leaders will maintain and perpetuate their low standard of achievement. It’s time for Americans to demand revitalization in our government. We need honest, strong and determined leaders, who do what they are elected to do and will build a better America.
Keep this thought in mind today; we’re all non-perfect human beings existing on this planet together. Begin each day by being kind to others. Our opinions may not be the same, but we share the freedom to disagree. Many populations lack the many rights, privileges and freedom; that we take for granted. If you don’t love being an American, or you have a difficult time respecting the rights of all people; this is your opportunity to change your perspective. If that doesn’t work, then you may want to consider why you live here. This nation affords all people rights and freedom. Don’t use it to further your own ego or agenda. Be open minded; a simple change of attitude can change your life. I’m tired of how some people make assumptions based on political views, religious beliefs, social media posts, news stories or hearsay; and then render judgement. I don’t have the right to judge anyone, that’s God’s job. If you feel the urge to judge me or others, good luck. We all struggle and have moments of doubt and fear. I encourage you to have faith, be strong and don’t allow difficult times to cloud your thoughts or rule your life. Be grateful for your existence, have respect for others and don’t whine or throw a tantrum if you don’t get your way. Be responsible for your thoughts, words, actions and deeds. Let’s make the world a better place, starting here at your home, and spreading it throughout the world! My message is simple; cherish every moment of life. It’s a gift. God bless America and Happy Birthday! Follow your dreams. They know the way.
Today is a special day. Happy Birthday Linda! Thank you for your friendship, insight and unbiased “motherly” advice over the years. Thank you for your encouragement and reading my weekly blog too. I wish you all the best for a fun and fabulous day! Enjoy amazing birthday adventures! Cheers!
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The puzzle of life is always changing. Change can lead to amazing opportunities. Together, let’s be healthy and strong; mentally, physically and spiritually!
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