TWO SCORE AND COUNTING

A LOT HAPPENS IN TWO SCORE YEARS.  AS I LOOK BACK TODAY I REFLECT ON ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED IN MY LIFE.  THE FAMILY THAT I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH, ALONG WITH THE TRUE FRIENDS THAT ARE STILL WITH ME TODAY.  HOW DOES ONE THANK THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LONG SINCE PASSED, ALONG WITH THE PRESENT DAY FAMILY AND FRIENDS FOR THEIR PATIENCE, ENCOURAGEMENT AND ADVISE THAT WAS GIVEN WITH LOVE TO HELP ME.  THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW IS TO JUST SAY THANK YOU AND CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD BY TRYING TO HELP THOSE THAT NEED IT.  YOU DO THIS BY TELLING THEM YOU HAVE BEEN WHERE THEY ARE NOW AND SHOW THEM HOW YOU MADE IT THROUGH.

I HAVE DONE THINGS IN MY LIFE THAT I AM NOT PROUD OF, BUT I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM AND ASK THE PEOPLE I HAVE HURT OR WRONGED, ALONG WITH THE GOOD LORD TO FORGIVE ME LIKE MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME.

ALONG WITH THE BAD, THERE IS THE GOOD IN MY LIFE.  I CAN HONESTLY SAY THE GOOD I HAVE EXPERIENCED, ALONG WITH THE SERVICE I HAVE GIVEN TO MY FELLOW BROTHERS IN LIFE, FAR OUT WEIGHS ANY OF THE BAD I THINK I HAVE DONE.  NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THAT.

IF TURNING FORTY TODAY HAS TAUGHT ME ANYTHING IT HAS TAUGHT ME TO NOT SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF.  THAT GOES FOR NO MATTER HOW OLD YOU ARE OR FEEL. IT HAS ALSO MADE ME RETHINK ABOUT THINGS I HAVE SAID OR THOUGHT BEFORE. THINGS SUCH AS, WE ALL NEED TO START BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION INSTEAD OF BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM.  WE ALL NEED TO START HELPING OUR FELLOW MAN INSTEAD OF JUST HELPING OURSELVES TO THE SYSTEM.  INSTEAD OF ALWAYS PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE LETS START BEING THE MIRACLE FOR EACH OTHER.  LIKE PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID “For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”

I DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS TO OUR PROBLEMS.  AS A MATTER OF FACT, I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS. I DON’T KNOW WHY BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO US AND OUR FAMILIES BUT I DO KNOW THAT I CANT FIX OUR PROBLEMS ALL BY MYSELF.

WHY NOT HELP YOUR FELLOW MAN BY DOING YOUR PART. TOGETHER, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

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