Just When Do We Get Old?

Lately, I have felt like I’m out of gas. I’m slowing down, but then I saw these folks, and realize I am just getting lazy.

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Best Speech Ever Without a Teleprompter

Bill Whittle is one of the fastest talking, well articulated, speech givers on the face of this earth. He doesn’t use a teleprompter and he keeps you listening throughout. This speech on the power of convictions excellent. All Republicans and Democrats can learn from his wisdom.

 

“You Own This”

When I began this blog my intended goal was to preach the benefits of human potential, or the power of positive thinking. I still preach allot but not much on positive thinking. In fact, I find myself struggling to stay positive in a transformative government. You see, I don’t want the country transformed. What I see coming is something everyone will hate, even the notorious millennium generation. They are just too young and idyllic to understand now.

I received an e-mail from my young son living in Texas. He isn’t so young anymore, but he is my baby. Mike, it turns out, is a better writer and a better motivator than his dad will ever dream of being.  Mike has three kids, all are gems.(This is where I preach about how great my grand kids are. I do so only because they are). Mike’s three kids are all swimmers. I mean swimmers who get up at 5:00 am to go to the pool to workout before school, and then they go to the pool after school to work out, They spend their weekends at swim meets, they live for swimming, academics, and music. I spoke to Mike last week and he told me that he was taking his daughter Abbey to a swim meet at Texas A&M. His wife Lisa was taking Danny to a swim meet closer to home.

This morning I told myself that I will have to call and get details of how they did. As I sat waiting for Peg’s foot to soak after a surgery I found his e-mail. I read it and tears of joy streamed down my face. Here is Mike’s account of  Abbey’s swim meet at Texas A&M last Saturday.

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1650 meters.  

5413.39 feet.
Just over 1 mile.
For swimmers, the 1650 is the ultimate endurance and conditioning race….66 laps.
 
 
Your grand daughter Abbey competed in her first 1650 meter free style event this weekend at Texas A&M University Champions Swim Meet.  Her coach told her that she would experience several emotions during this race: pain, anguish, quitting, crying, asking “why am I doing this?”  He also told her that she would experience physical signs, burning legs, burning arms, burning lungs, thumbing heart.  He was telling her what she didn’t want to hear, the truth.  I was lucky enough to be on deck timing for this event for Abbey.  I know better than to interrupt per pre-swim ritual and concentration, so I sat there watching her psych herself up for the pain.  Before getting on the block, she looked at me, and I told her: “You own this”.  She proceeded to get on the block, and prepare for the start.
 
The horn sounded, and she was off.  She looked very strong, and very consistent with her breathing.  Every 4 strokes of her arms, I’d see her head turn and come up for air.  Her split times were very consistent, almost to the tenth of a second.  She looked like a finely tuned engine in the water.  After 20 laps, she was still keeping her splits.  Her breathing pattern was not as consistent, sometimes going four strokes, sometimes 2, sometimes 3.  It’s obvious the burn had started.  
 
After 40 laps, her splits were amazingly consistent with the start of the race.  Her breathing was not as in synch, but she looked strong.  After 60 laps, her pace was still on.  By this point, I think I was feeling more emotions than she was.  She had told me she had 2 goals for this race, the first, to finish, the second, to finish in under 20 minutes.  As the last few laps were counted, down, she still maintained her initial pace.  
 
After the 66th lap, she came in strong, touched the wall, and I hit the button on the stop watch.  I looked down to see Abbey needed any help getting out of the pool.  She stayed in the water for a moment, so I gazed down at the stop watch.  She finished the race in 18:53:33!!!  That is an AA time for this event.  My mouth dropped open. I looked up and saw her drying off.  She wanted to see the time, so I showed it to her.  She looked at me and smiled, then went off to get her post-race talk with Coach Trent.  
 
I asked her if she had gone through those waves of emotions like her coach mentioned, and she said “not really”.  Then she told me “it wasn’t that bad”.
 
Here is a picture of the facility at Texas A&M, as well as her “reloading” on a nice big chocolate brownie after lunch.  You can still see how red she is in the picture.  This was at least 30 minutes after the event.  She actually went back into the warm down pool and swam a bit to cool down after the 1650!!
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We Can or We Can, Not

During President Barack Obama’s campaign to the presidency, he promoted the catchy phrase “yes we can.” He used many positive affirmations throughout the campaign. Being a student of positive thinking, I thought here is a guy who is living the positive message.

In the past, few months I have heard a string of cannot dos that are very untypical of the positive Barack of the campaign. We cannot secure the border. We cannot prosecute illegals. We cannot prosecute voting fraud by blacks, browns, yellows, and reds, only whites. We cannot have God on our money. We cannot have God in public places. We cannot have God in schools. We cannot pray on the National Day of Prayer. We cannot make our own end of life health care decisions. We cannot live by the Constitution of the Founding Fathers. We cannot run the government with heads of departments vetted by Congress. We cannot read two thousand page bills before we vote to approve them. We cannot have capitalism because it is evil. We cannot define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The slogan “Yes We Can” has become a matter of definition. There are those who believe “We Can,” means one thing and there are those who believe “We Can,” means something else.

Barack and his liberal Congress believe in stripping us of our liberty. They believe they can teach us that big government is good for us. They believe in destroying relationships we developed with our allies. They believe they can talk themselves out of any situation. They believe they can pass laws to control us. They believe those who choose to earn a living must support those that do not. They believe every law should be in the interest of promoting a socialist state. They believe once elected, they should own the office until death. They believe they know what is better for you than you do. They believe in a form of slavery known as liberal-progressive-socialism.

I want to believe that we can make the USA a better place to live. We can have freedom of speech. We can have choices in our health care. We can start a business without the government regulating every move. We can choose to live where we want. We can own a gun. We can have God in our schools. We can have God in our public places. We can have God in our schools. We can prosecute racism of white against black, and black against white. We can gather on the National Mall, and pray on a given day. We can vote for a union privately. We can live by strict interpretation of the Constitution. We can encourage immigration into the country via a set of rules. We can limit the power of the Executive branch of government. We can limit Congress to terms of employment. We can give people an education without government dictating what is in a history book. We can hold a child back. We can discipline kids without fear of retribution by a nanny state. We can live without fear of a radical religion promoting its theism upon us.  We can adopt English as the national language. We can promote the exceptionalism of our people and country. We can limit the size of government. We can live without a Department of Energy. We can live without a Department of Education. We can live without a Department of Homeland Security. We can live without a Department of Health and Human Services. We can have a Department of Justice that enforces laws. We can have a president who knows how to lead. We can have a Congress that listens to the voice of the people as well as to special interest groups. We can limit campaign funds of the President and Congress. We can make elected officers give back all unused campaign funds immediately after election to office.

Which definition of We Can do you choose to accept? We can, or we can-not?

I Blew It Away

Don’t ask me how it happened. I simply don’t know, nor do I care to know at this point. While trying to improve this BLOG, I blew up my website. It is no more.  Most of  my posts, and all of my pages with the many photos are gone into the ether-world we call the computer. All of my baby steps to make a beautiful site that millions of you would want to visit is vapor.

That is just a minor set back, in every negative thing there is an equal or greater positive. All we have to do is to find it, visualize it, and believe it. Then with a few more baby steps we can turn a negative into a positive. That is what I am doing at this very moment. This post is the first baby step toward a new and better website. Hopefully, I can fill the pages with insightful and exciting lessons on life.

 Let me know how you deal with your set backs.

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