The celebration of this day commemorates the beginnings of our nation and gives us a moment of pause for the things in life we have to be thankful.
I am thankful for the opportunity to live my life to the dictates of my heart and to have you all in it.
New Leaf and I have a feature article in the latest issue of Verve Magazine.
Check it out and learn more about how we are helping tobacco barns turn over a “new leaf”.
The barn where the main photo was taken stood on Indian Grave Gap Rd in Marshall, NC.
It was quite a majestic little place as it was once a cabin where a family was raised, then a tobacco and hay barn. The front door was still on it. Sadly, the same night of this photo, that barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. History was lost and we’re gonna miss it.
Earlier this week, NPR did a segment on the future of the economic philosophy of the government of the United States. I was in awe of what I was hearing. My mouth was literally agape.
Apparently, there has been study collaboration between some psychology professors and economists. Interesting already, don’t you thing? Their argument is this: The human mind is very sensitive to suggestive intentions and is hardwired to make poor decisions. I think one of the phrases used was “emotional economics”.
President Obama has put together a team to look into this as a basis for policy making. His goal is to justify the need for more government intervention into the lives of every American. The theory is that we need the government to act in our best interest because we cannot arrive at what is best for us on our own. Yes, this was said on the radio.
My comments are not politically driven. I believe this attitude could be adopted across the aisle if left uncontested by you and I. At the end of the day, donkey or elephant, still a politician. Our government is made up of human being, so I’m curious as to how they aren’t subject to this bane. My fear is that, at the very least, this kind of talk will begin to sow seeds of self doubt into Americans.
By and large, we are strong, independent thinkers, who are well capable of gathering pertinent information, evaluating data, and arriving at an appropriate conclusion that is in the best interest of ourselves and our families. Don’t ever let anyone make you think any government entity anywhere can know more about what is best for you and yours than you do.
Protect your freedom. Guard your mind.
Last evening I went to Mars Hill College to hear Dr. Maya Angelou speak. It was the first time for me and I was delighted and inspired. If you are unfamiliar with her, you can learn more at www.MayaAngelou.com
The resounding theme of her message was recognizing the rainbows in our clouds and being that for others. If we are ever to make any worthwhile and lasting contributions to society and our fellow man, being a ray of hope and support for someone else in their lowest hours would be the way.
People are our greatest resource. We are each others best assets. If we are ever to achieve uncommon success it will take the friendly cooperation of others.
I encourage you today to do what I heard Dr. Angelou do last night. Think on the people who have been a rainbow in your clouds. Feel the love and blessing of those gifts. Give them praise in your heart and on your lips. Let them know what they have meant to you.
Have a great day.
I wanted to let you all know, King died yesterday unexpectedly from complications following a routine procedure at the Vet hospital. He shared every day with me for over 12 years. He was a gentle soul. He was good company. He was my daughter’s pet.
He was my friend.