A World In Turmoil: Dads, Let’s Step Up Our Game

Mar 12, 2011 by

Now we are living in the midst of one of the most prolific times in our history. 

Half the Arab world is at war or in protest.  The prices on everything are going through the roof.  Gas prices are nuts.  Inflation is beginning to be talked about regularly on the news.  Add to that the devastation to the Japanese through the 8.9 Richter Scale earthquake, the deadly tsunami that even affected the coast line of the United States, and now this whole nuclear reactor meltdown business. We are at war in Afghanistan.  We have a national debt that’s rising at a rate I’ll probably never make in my life time with every tick of the clock.  We have people in Wisconsin angry because their elected leaders are trying to trim back the costs of their state government because what’s going out, isn’t over pacing what’s coming in.  In Washington, we have gridlock unparalleled from what Admiral Stockdale blurted out in the 1992 presidential debates.  There are millions of people in the US who can’t find work.  Just as many and more who do not have health care.  And the list goes on.

Like our previous generations, when duty called, they stepped forward.

Today, more than ever, we need to do several things to do our part.

The first, pray.  It was 364 days ago that a situation in my own home crushed my dreams then of a happily ever after.  Today, with a client meeting in two hours and the prospect of being a part of an incredible change they are developing in the health care industry, life feels much better. God led me on a journey this past year that if I’d not endured, I’d not be having this meeting today.

The second, focus on your family.  Yes, the stress levels everywhere are rising.  But we’ve got to ensure we leave a legacy going forward that can also rise up to their challenges when the day comes for them.

And third, get involved.  Find someone in your life who you can assist.  Whether it’s a phone call, words of encouragement/support, a card, an unexpected check, whatever, right now is the time to help your fellow man, woman and child.  We must stay strong in this time.  We must apply common sense solutions and stop not thinking about tomorrow.  That kind of thinking has led to the kind of messes we’re in today.

Please, join hands.  We can make a difference.  We can prosper.  We can overcome.  And we can leave the world a better place for our children, no matter what gets thrown in our ways.

For us dads, it’s really time to step up our games.  There’s much to be done.

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Tonight’s TV News–The Highway to Hell

Feb 23, 2011 by

I joined in to see Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News at 5:37 pm and caught the end of the issues in Libya.

Then they did a story on the earthquake situation in Christchurch.

Then a story on the Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prank call(Apparently Megan in Mad Men isn’t the only person who will put a call from anyone through to her boss–at least she didn’t have Caller ID.  Who knows, maybe they don’t have it in Wisconsin either.)  By chance has the AG in New York or Wisconsin checked to see if any laws have been broken in either state over this, or maybe even federally?

Then a story on how our President Obama now thinks prohibiting gay marriage in America is unconstitutional and no longer will let government lawyers defend the position.

I then turned off the TV in disgust.

In summary, the world is going to Hell.  Our president is leading the parade. The Wisconsin Governor‘s Chief Of Staff should be fired.  Citizens of Christchurch just need money.  And Libya’s dictator is still wearing dresses.  Thanks for watching.

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