• Keep Fighting Against Obamacare

     

    We must continue working to defeat the current version of the Democrat’s irresponsible and dangerous health care bill. Don’t think this is a done-deal. Like the seemingly undefeatable Apollo Creed in the movie Rocky, Apollo (health care bill) has taken a few solid rib shots lately—to both the right and left ribs, and “Rocky” (American people) has at least a chance of winning. For example while many on the right wants no federal funds to pay for abortions, there are those on the left who will work to unseat Democrats who fail to support federal funds for abortions.

     

    Add to this a Democrat congressman defecting to the Republicans and some top Democrats, including Connecticut’s Senator Chris Dodd just today, who are suddenly deciding not to run again, and we see this is no time to let up the pressure. You may think your contact efforts have no effect on your state’s congressional delegation, but don’t be fooled. While the person answering the phone may be snide, or even heard chatting or yawning in the background, or hangs up on you, our wayward leaders are feeing the cumulative effects. They just like to pretend, like Nero fiddling, that their “Rome” is not burning. Let’s not let the fires die. This is not the normal politics as usual; this is for our nation’s survival; the nation our Founders created for us.

     

    Tea Parties, town hall meetings, and other creative demonstrations, along with continually making phone calls and sending emails, letters, and dead fish (oh wait…that last ones a Rahm Emanuel thing), must continue unabated until this vicious attack against our American Republic is defeated. Our brilliant Founders gave us a system that still provides us a peaceful means to redress our grievances; let’s make the best possible use of it while we still can, and resolve to keep America the unique nation they gave us.   

  • It’s Okay to Have and still Want More

     

    It’s interesting, perhaps frustrating, how a person can be well-read, having consumed volumes of philosophical, spiritual, and religious insights, but just not having absorb a particular gem until a specific “right” time set by…who knows.

     

    This happened to me recently—again. I’ve had this experience from time to time; I call it “clicking.” I’m not sure the notion has quite fully set, fishhook-like, yet, but it feels like at least I’ve discovered a missing puzzle piece.

     

    Oh, I should probably get to what I’m babbling about, right? Guilt regarding gratitude or the lack thereof. I’ve struggled for a few years now with how it’s okay for one to strive for more when one is already successful or has so much. Of course terms like “successful” and “so much” are relative, but they’re real to the individual with the issue.

     

    For example, I have a rewarding career, and an even more satisfying second, developing career. I have an amazing wife whom I adore (and I’m not even a person who uses a word like “adore”), who seems to love me too (I think she may be a bit unstable). I also have three wonderful kids who are in the early stages of adulthood working hard to make their places in the world. In simple terms, by most objective standards, I’m successful.

     

    So…why do I yearn for more? Shouldn’t I be satisfied with what I have?

     

    Am I selfish? Am I greedy? Do I not appreciate what I have? Am I ungrateful?

     

    I now feel confident that I can answer “No,” to all of the latter questions, and as to the former, I now know why I yearn; and no, I shouldn’t be satisfied—grateful, yes, satisfied, not necessarily. Satisfied is a bit tricky in the semantics department, because satisfied is a rather conclusive-sounding term. I mean, what comes after satisfied?

     

    We can be satisfied with the results of something that is completed, or we can be satisfied with a “finished” portion of a certain project. This is how one can be both satisfied and yet yearn to obtain, achieve, create more.

     

    At birth, our Creator, in whatever form makes sense to you, imbues us with natural rights, and imprints upon us certain natural talents, affinities, and proclivities, which we then exploit, hopefully only for good. This explains why we all have different likes and dislikes in the various realms of life and why the Creator gave people freewill to make moral and ethical choices, for without freewill choice does not exist. One person may have an affinity for something you abhor, but if that thing harms no other, who are any of us to question what the Creator imprints on any person.

     

    In more simple terms, we owe it to ourselves, our families, society, mankind, to make the utmost of our gifts while we have the joyous ability to utilize them. Otherwise our underachieving lives insult the Creator by not striving to reach our potential. It is not only possible to be grateful for what we have while still striving to achieve more, it’s essential that we can—should—work to create all that we can while we have the ability, and breath, to do so.

  • The New Year

    Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas, New Years Eve and Day—the Holiday Season has passed, probably too quickly for most and not quickly enough for others. I’d like to think everyone had a wonderful time, and though many of us were fortunate to have had such, I know that’s not true for all, especially this past year.

     

    Criminal vermin viciously executed six Puget Sound region police officers in less than two months time. We can only hope and pray these fine officer’s families and friends can find some solace in the fact that their loved ones left this life in what is nearly universally deemed the highest price any person can pay: to have sacrificed ones life in the service of others—strangers.

     

    I suspect at this time this realization sits lightly somewhere in the back of loved one’s minds, but with healing time, this truth will come to occupy, with the significance it deserves, a special place in each heart.