I am an American

As many of us know, our actions speak much louder than words.  Wisdom passed from one generation to another. However when it comes to being an American, we should also remember what President Ronald said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.  It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Being an American means so many things.  It’s conceivable that two people will do more than communicate some idea of Americanism.

G-d has blessed me for sure.  I’ve had the privilege of literally traveling much of the world we all enjoy.  It was truly an honor to represent my country (in addition to myself and my company).

I’m still reflecting on the activities of our 4th of July.  There was so much I wanted to say but decided it wasn’t the day or time to do so.  However, I will.

Are you glad to be an American?

What do you think?

Embarrassment


 

Oh boy, am I ever embarrassed.

Everyday, we all do something that embarrasses us.  Typically, it’s unintended.  However . . .

Speaking with a friend named Veronica, I learned of an experience where she wanted to buy a new Cadillac back in the ’90s.  She went and looked at the new model (then) the SRX.  She was in love.

The salesman approached her and she declared, “I would like to buy one of these.” The salesman said, “Well, let’s see, what kind of work do you do?” She replied, “I’m a nurse.”

With complete dismissal (as though she wasn’t good enough or make enough money to even qualify to purchase a CADILLAC he told her she wouldn’t and that she should move on.

She shared with me the amount of money (cash) that she intended to put down on the car. I can share with you that it was more than enough to qualify her to purchase the car.  She was embarrassed and hurt by the treatment of her by the salesman. Shame on him.

Shame on us if we ever make someone feel less.  Ever.

When I was a child, my Father told me, as long as your shoes are clean, your clothes are clean as well as  your hands and nails, you’re as good as anyone else in the world regardless of where they live or how much money they have.

A few years later, I found myself homeless as a child of eleven and looking for work to support my Mother, brother and two sisters. Everyone treated me with respect and to a person they all felt bad that they didn’t have any work to offer me.  That was true for all except the one that finally did hire me. That’s a story for another time.

How we make other’s feel should be a measure of who we are.  What are your thoughts?

Garth Brooks says it well; “Love one another.”

Government

Preamble:

This past election was very contentious.  I watched as friends argued with friends and family.  While this was going on, I was in search of the possibilities and most importantly, common sense.

The ideas below are NOT mine.  They are rumored to have come from Trump.  I hope they did and I hope that he and other right thinkers are committed to these ideas.

What do you think?

 

Freedom is not FREE

For Gavriel Sanders

How do you teach FREEDOM?  Our children are born and raised here in America.  Our children seldom understand how precious FREEDOM is to those of us that fought for them to be free.

G-d has blessed my life immeasurably.  I’m so grateful for what I have but after traveling the world, especially the Middle East, I can tell you that FREEDOM means so much to me.

The older I get the more I appreciate the FREEDOM that we enjoy as Americans.

People that know me understand that I bleed red, white and blue.  I’m proud to be an American and even more proud that my Father and Grandfather fought for the freedoms my family enjoys.

I’m thinking about all the men and women in the military here at home and abroad.  No matter what they’re doing, they exist to defend the FREEDOM each of us enjoys.  THANK YOU!

FREEDOM is NOT FREE.

Your thoughts?