I am blessed to live in the United States, a country that boasts “the pursuit of happiness” as an unalienable right. If doesn’t, however, guarantee that you will be happy or that anyone has to be forced to make you happy. It just decrees that you have the right to pursue being happy. Nor are any of us given a path to happiness, a guarantee of some sort that we will be happy. That is up to each of us as individuals. And the only way to be happy is to pursue a life of happiness, not from others, but from the things that you, yourself, do every day. Unfortunately, many people are searching for happiness in ways that leave them feeling empty, unfulfilled, and even sad and sometimes lonely. In my observations of the people and situations around me, here is what I see that they’re doing wrong. Read more
Making a Difference, One Stone at a Time
Have you ever thought about the difference just one person can make in this world? Mother Teresa said “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Let’s think about just the past week and the things that have taken place during this time in history:
- In 1801, John Marshall was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and is still considered today one of the greatest Justices in our country’s history.
- In 1901, Queen Victoria died after 63 years on the throne.
- In 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born – talk about a man who made a difference!
- In 1938, Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, was performed for the first time and influenced every stage production to follow.
- In 1964, the Beatles released their first American album and changed the course of music in this country forever.
- In 1981, President Reagan became the oldest President in US history.
- In 1997, Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State.
- In 2009, Barack Obama became the first African American President in US History.
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