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Is Doing Right Ever Wrong?

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In a world where people are quick to turn a blind eye and are reluctant to help others out of fear of being sued for their good samaritan efforts, when does doing the right thing become so wrong?  On the heels of celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who courageously championed doing right no matter the consequences, how can anyone justify a 12 year old child for stepping up in a moment of crisis to save her friend?

That is the dilemma Indiyah Rush, an honor roll student at Schrade Middle School in Garland, TX is facing.  Indiyah, having suffered with asthma since the age of five, immediately recognized her friend wheezing, gasping for air, and on the verge of an attack herself, and offered her friend, Alexis Kyle, her inhaler.  An inhaler!  Young Alexis, by all accounts, was gasping for air and in distress and Indiyah helped her friend and is quoted as saying, “I was only trying to save her life.”  And for this, both ladies were suspended and are now facing a month in an alternative school for their actions.  (more…)

Don’t Be Afraid To be Great!

BrotherWord - Paradoxical Commandments“The future we want — opportunity and security for our families; a rising standard of living and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids — all that is within our reach. But it will only happen if we work together. It will only happen if we can have rational, constructive debates. It will only happen if we fix our politics.” ~President Barack Obama – State Of the Union Address 2016

Politics aside, the aforementioned statement can apply in all facets of life.  The future you desire is very attainable, but like with many things in life, it will require fortitude, perseverance, and an ability to work with others, learn from them, and prosper despite them.

The President touched on many subjects tonight, many of which can and will be dissected and ridiculed, but no one can deny his tenacious approach dispelling the naysayers and putting all others on alert that no matter the obstacle or the challenge, he will not succumb to the barrage of attacks or turn a blind eye to the blatant disrespect or coward away from the threats.  POTUS made it very clear that no matter what may lie ahead, he is ready to go toe to toe with whatever may come.  He put the members of Congress, the American public, and the world on notice that he is not afraid to be great!

And neither should you.  Life is full of obstacles and those who will try to prevent you from reaching your prime objective, but do not be deterred.  Greatness lies in all of us and if you are not afraid to pursue it, it can be reached. In the paradoxical commandments, it speaks about pushing forward and regardless of what may arise, do it anyway!

President Barack Obama has the weight of a country on his shoulders and although none of us will know the pressure and stress that comes in such a position, we each can take solace in watching it done with elegance and grace.  Whatever challenge or challenger you face, do not be afraid to be great and despite the fear, doubts, or unreadiness, do it anyway.  

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”  ~ William Shakespeare

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”  ~ Albert Einstein

Motivational Monday

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  ~ Mahatma Gandhi
 
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead
 
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  ~ Barack Obama
 
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Often times society is a reactionary creature and many times the actions taken are after the fact and much too late.  It is easier to try to fix the problem after its gone awry than to prevent it before it ever has the chance to manifest.

In light of the Zimmerman verdict, I began to think of the series of events and how things could have, should have, been different.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but what about foresight?  Having the prudence and perception to see what lies ahead and the courage to take a stand and make a difference is a quality that is rarely used.  We rally to the cause after the effects have the damages are done… some of them irreparable.  What if measures were taken before Trayvon Martin ever went on that fateful walk?

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One Man’s Belief

Many may not know the story of Capt. Emil Kapaun, also known as Father Kapaun, a Roman Catholic chaplain in the U.S. Army stationed in Korea who served in World War II.  Awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest award of valor in the U.S. military, on April 11, 2013, 60 years after his death, President Barack Obama states, “Father Kaupan has been called a shepherd in combat boots and his fellow soldiers who felt his grace and his mercy called him a saint, a blessing from God.”

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