2012 Independence Day

Freedom isn’t free and I will not regard it as if it cost others nothing. Thank you to all who have established and secured our freedoms, and to those who continue to, both present and future.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag:

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”,

should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

4 USC Sec. 4 01/03/2012 (112-90)



Sec. 4. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery


A Human’s Dream

Never lose sight of your dream; for it is NOT impossible, it is NOT unreachable, it is NOT unattainable.

If you have ever seen another human be, do, or have what you truly dream of then you, by virtue of your humanness, are entitled to a shot at that dream.  If it has been done already, you have only to learn the information and take the action that the other already has (or find a team who is willing to assist you in doing so).

If you dream of something no human has ever achieved, simply consider those who also were “firsts”, achieving what no other humans had up to that point.  You are no less human than they were – you are entitled to learn, work, and grow in the direction of that which until now has been considered impossible.  You may just be the one who proves the possibility of that dream.

We cannot disprove the impossible, but we are all fully entitled to do all we can to prove what IS possible.  Never allow the unproven to remain shrouded in mystery when it is in your heart to shine light on it and show the world just how achievable it is!

Enjoy the Fruit and Plant the Seeds

Plant purposeful seeds of success all along your way and you’ll look back to find that an orchard of success has grown where you have traveled.

We all move forward on a path we have chosen, whether we enjoy our current position on that path or not, and along the way we benefit from the fruit of others’ experience.  Whether it be in the form of knowledge passed along by written or spoken media; of encouragement when those stronger or further along than us reach out a hand to pull us through our muddy spots; or of challenge as those who have already been where we are going or those who are walking along the same treacherous trail bark out our names and demand that we continue pressing on through difficulty, pain and fatigue; we are all able to continue moving forward in part because of those who have cleared the way ahead and those who walk alongside us (even if only for a moment).

There are times when the benefit afforded us is completely unintentional (we might consider ourselves in those times to be “drafting” off of the successes of those ahead of us) while at other times, the assistance we are given is completely out of conscious purpose.  The challenge of this moment is to enjoy the thought that others are drafting on our own successes, but at the same time, purposefully help others move ahead in their journeys.  Each time we reach back and pull someone through a tough spot, each time we bark out a forceful challenge and encourage another with the words “GET UP!  YOU CAN DO THIS!”, each time we tell a story of triumph and overcoming that inspires another to continue forward with renewed vigor, each time we take pieces of our own journey and hand it to others so that they can incorporate it into theirs, we plant a seed of success.

While we push forward in our own lives let us be those who intentionally look for ways to keep others around us on track toward their own destinations.  As we enjoy the ripe fruit of success that hangs from the plants seeded by those ahead of us, let’s not forget to leave seeds of those same fruits behind so that others will be able to share in the joy of similar successes.  We’ll be able to look back one day and know that not only did we achieve what we set out to do, but along the way, we helped countless others do the same and our positive impact has expanded far beyond our wildest imagination.

All we can give is what we have, and all of us have our own experiences to give out of.  If we will purposefully plant our seeds of wisdom, inspiration, challenge, encouragement, and motivation into others’ paths, we will realize as we glance behind us that our journeys of success have reproduced exponentially such that we’ll never really be able to comprehend the entire impact…and at the same time, we’ll never be able to deny it.

Let’s absolutely enjoy the ripe fruit of others’ success but let us never forget to leave handfuls of purpose behind.

Achieving Absolute Excellence,