“To Form A More Perfect Union . . .”

We the people

Happy Hump Day, Y’all!

We have reached July 2014 already and there is so much going on … world wide!! Have you ever caught yourself in that moment wondering what you REALLY want to do with your life? Have you ever wondered what YOU would do if this “world order” came to a screeching halt?! Where would we go? What would we do … for food … for gas … for safe shelter?!? Most of us don’t want to think that “far ahead” … as we bask in the sunlight of “the land of the free, the home of the brave”?! Would we come together more as did the people at the Boston Marathon Massacre?! Would we help each other as we did with the bombing of the World Trade Center on “9/11” as well as the aborted damage to the White House/Pentagon with the horrific and historical plane crash there, too?!

The American flag with it’s “Stars and Stripes” gives us something to rally around … even when our national team lost yesterday in the World Cup Match against Belgium! Yet, if we have two basketball teams playing against each other or two American football teams playing against each other, some of us literally lose our minds cheering for one team and putting down the other!! How about our last two presidential elections where a person from a race or ethnic groups not so common sought to represent the nation and was called racial slurs and threatened to be killed or deported?! Can this same “nation” come together in the face of an emergency … world wide?! Have we really formed a “more perfect union” or do we have more homework to be done?! I mean, with so much going on, it is hard to focus anywhere … let a lone, make a difference, and a positive one at that.

I often try to be the best that I can be and to share those “good feelings” of contentment with others even while being in circumstances that are not so comfortable or pleasing! In fact, oftentimes, the situations are down right difficult!! Yet, I still seek to smile, to be positive, to make a difference for the better in my own life each day. If I am given the opportunity to touch someone else’s life … in a positive way … I do that, too. While as a nation, we have received much criticism and often contradict ourselves with a discrepancy in our motto versus our behavior, I am fairly content living here . . . though I wouldn’t know where else I could go if faced with such a decision! Besides, the journey is one tied to our inner being … our souls and our spirits. Thus, no matter where we go, there we will find ourselves … again and again and again!

Happy Fourth of July, my fellow Americans! And yes, on that day, which is also my father’s birthday, I will wear my commemorative shirt from “9/11” which says, “Proud to be an American”!


John I. Cook

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