Looking for work

 

Some say travel is the answer.  I was fortunate enough to literally travel the whole world several times. Some have said, “listen, you just need to stay busy.”

Playing chess is busy.  Writing blog posts is busy.  The real question is what busy do I want.  Frankly, I never expected to live this long.  I’m so much like my Father (who died at age 42) that I literally thought I’d be dead at 42. I was a man on a mission. At age 44 it dawned on me, I’m not going to die! O.K., I didn’t really plan that far ahead.  What did I want to do? Where did I want to live? Where did I see my self in 5, 10 or maybe even 15 years?

A funny thing happened, I passed all those benchmarks and then some.  I still don’t golf or play tennis. I am a Mason, a Knight Commander in the Court of Honor in the Scottish Rite and I’m a Shriner. I’m also privileged to be the President of the Las Vegas Region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club. Margaret (my wife) is the Secretary and we both serve on the Board of Directors. Car people are great.  But, I digress. I’m busy but I’m not as busy as I was before when I was fully engaged, participating, being of help to others and more.  That’s what I want.

Speaking of what I want, that’s how we arrived at this blog.  My wife said, “if all your activities and the charity work you do isn’t enough, go find a job.”  

I have lots of friends that are retired. I see that many of them are also bored.  How about you?

If you’re wondering, the background of that picture is in Ronald Reagan’s oval office.

 

Health

 

Do you remember people (typically) much older than you saying, “without your health, you have nothing.”  I’m now a position to view life from yet another perspective.  From where I now sit, health is also key to happiness.

Over the years all of us have placed more attention on the idea of what’s for dinner than our health.  This can backfire.

It doesn’t matter what you own or the amount of money you have in the bank.  If you lose your health, you could lose your health.  The question is: “What’s important to you?”

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.”

Don’t you Dare . . .

The following is also an ad for the new Cadillac CT6.  It is one of the most engaging Cadillacs ever. But, it is the message that I want to share.  Don’t you dare.  Did you hear that as a child?  I did.  I dared.  One more thing, I am a Cadillac owner and a member of the National Cadillac & Lasalle Club and the Las Vegas Chapter.  Now . . .

It absolutely begs the question:  What do you dare to do?