I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”Martin Luther King Jr.
I sent this to someone that means alot to me today. It’s from Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. I thought in honor of such a great man, I’d share one of my favorite pieces with this person. Because I too have a dream, that one day the struggles that they may have will go away, and life will be what it should be, amazing and something they wake up to each morning with excitement to see what each day holds.
I was able to catch a good bit of the Guns in America Town Hall last night. Without going into any of the questions or the responses, I will say that I liked the setup. I think we should require a number of mandatory town hall meetings like this several times a year across the nation. It gives the public a chance to question face-to-face, and gives the President a chance to really answer non-scripted questions, and more importantly, give off the cuff non-scripted answers. Of course the attendees could always be screened, but it sure beats little to no interaction with the general public as it is.
Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man.Benjamin Franklin
I’m going into 2016 with no expectation. 2015 started off on a good foot, but quickly shifted into something I didn’t expect it to be. Life takes turns when you least expect it they say. I still have high hopes that instead of stories ending without reason, those stories be picked back up off the shelf some day and continued to see how they are meant to end. I’m leaving any hurt feelings in the past, and have already said my words to make it so. Here’s to a good 2016 to everyone.
Getting inside Atlanta for training at 8:30 required getting up at 5 to get ready and get on the road. We did that Monday and Tuesday for making it to training, but have also done it Wednesday and Thursday to get some extra things accomplished. Surprisingly, getting up at 5 has been easier than 6:30 for me. The extra couple of hours has allowed me to get some things done that I couldn’t in the evenings.
As a sidenote, maybe you get used to it, but there’s no way I could deal with an hour of traffic coming and going each day for work. That’s 10 hours a week that just evaporates from your life, ugh!
Just a reminder to anyone that burns wood in a fireplace to clean it out. I think the best practice would be to clean it at the end of the fire burning season to keep from having to do it when you really need it. We rely heavily on ours in the winter, and need to get in the habit of keeping the pipes clean so that it draws properly. We’ve been pretty surprised in the past with how much actually accumulates in the pipes over just one season of use.
We had an early Thanksgiving get together with Mom’s siblings and our cousins this evening. It was at my cousin Tiffany’s house, so it was both nice to get to see everyone as well as get to see their house and where they live. The youngest kids were having fun playing with each other, and I learned that eating hot sauce on everything is apparently the new thing with kids, both old and young. The turkey turned out perfect, and I’m pretty sure everyone left there stuffed as a turkey.
I went into this month realizing that it’s been 5 years since we lost my Mom. She’s been on my mind a lot, especially lately. I also went into it with some heart ache because my best friend’s Mom had a couple of strokes over the weekend. I was positive and optimistic that things could turn around and she could recover completely, just as Mom did with her brain surgery in early 2010. Miracles do happen, but sometimes what God has planned isn’t what we’d like. We have to trust that things work out as they are supposed to.
He txted us yesterday morning letting us know that she had passed away. My heart broke for him because I have been there before. It’s terrible losing a parent. I was hoping that the arrangements would be over the weekend so that we could be there for him, but we had to be out of town for work. We were able to get him to meet us for a late breakfast before we departed. I’m so glad we were able to spend some time with him before the viewing and funeral. Billy was able to go and see him and his family.
I’ve not been nearly as active or vocal in this upcoming Presidential election as I was in 2012, primarily because I saw how the party treated Ron Paul and really squashed any voice that the people had when it didn’t serve or give in to the special interests that control everything in Washington. I did watch the GOP debate last night and found myself surprised at two things.
When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time. Rick Warren
This is absolutely right. Whether it be an email that has been written and thought out over several hours, a simple text just to say hi, or a voicemail left when someone doesn’t answer—it’s a gift.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.