Life Begins When You Do – It’s Your Choice

How much time do any of us really have?  Most of us believe, when we are children in school that the time we have is infinite.  Life will go on forever.  It’s not until someone you know or respect dies that you realize, there may be a limit as to how much time we have.

My Father died at age 42 and my Mother died at age 44.  When I was a boy, my Grandmother always called me EJ (my Father’s name) because we were so alike.  We were, the same in appearance and many other ways.  Like many young boys and men, it’s an extreme compliment to be referred to as being “Just like your Dad.”  However, when you come to believe what they’re saying and then your Father dies at age 42, it may even be logical to think that you’ll also die at the same young age.  I did.

So, there was a time up to and including age 42.  I thought I would die at that age.  I lived.

At age 61 I suffered a heart attack. Because of the paramedics and then the surgeon, I lived.

Now, at age 64 I underwent heart surgery [again].  I lived. [Read more…]

Recommit to truly being an American

Yesterday the airways were filled with good news for a change.  Any number of people were cheering and declaring that it was a great day to be an American.  Many of us have felt that every day has, is and will be a great day to be an American.

However, there is a strong but subtle movement that’s asking that we essentially be “born again” Americans.  Now’s a good time to think that through.  If you agree, tell others, post it on your blog, share it with your children, neighbors, relatives and friends.  We are AMERICANS!

The American Creed

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

Mr. Page was a Patriot.  This was written in response to a national request.  He served his country well over his lifetime.  If you want to know more about him, click here.

Quality of life, Zig Ziglar

Beginning with Mom and Dad, then a big brother or sister or even a great friend, most of us have people that influence our lives.  Besides family, Zig Ziglar was my first.  He’s the first person that I ever paid real (hard earned) money to see in person.  It was life changing for me.  He had written a book back in the mid ’70s called, “See you at the top.”  Click here to get this book.

The quote in the picture above is something I’ve said to others and to my children for as long as I can remember.  The other is, “How can I be helpful?” Both of these quotes are from men I admire and each, in their own way, have influenced some aspect of my life.

This morning, I found an advertisement for yet another publication from Zig.  He’s the author of 26 books.  Life changing books.  In an age where sound bites are what most people use to convey a message, perhaps we could restart the tradition of using quotes.  They can illustrate principles, values, emotions and certainly motivate others.  Here’s Zig’s newest effort.  Click here to see it.

My purpose here is NOT to sell books.  My purpose is to let you know that DR Rawson is the result of learning many things in life.  A life dedicated to helping others.

Thanks Zig.

State of the Union

Success is: “The progressive realization of pre-determined worthwhile goals.”

So do you see success as a destination like a city on a map?  Or do you see it as the road you’re on?

Last night, President Obama gave his State of the Union address as most of us already know.  There were several statements made that were certainly positive; however there needs to be much more known before any of us can call it a successful meeting.

The theme is clearly “Winning the Future – Rebuilding America.” Who doesn’t want that?  Are we on the road to financial recovery?  It seems so.  So the question becomes, where’s the map to get us there?  The answer is: there is no map.  There were some pretty broad statements with absolutely no real (other than reaching across the aisle) “how to” statements made.  Actually, that’s the good news.  This is the really good news.

The President went on to say that the solution to rebuilding America is our own creativity. He said, “Let’s fix what needs fixing and move forward.” He also said, as a challenge to us all, “We do BIG things.” Both of these statements shed some light on how we can all help turn this ship (America) toward the waters of greater economic certainty.

First, if we can agree that the U.S. Government is not the solution but a resource to support our nation’s economic turnaround, then we’re on common ground. [Read more…]