Monday, November 13, 2006

Living with purpose

I rarely, if ever, agree with the far-right conservative nor the far-left liberal views. I know it's trendy these days to diss America, but as a proud and patriotic American, I kind of like this quote I received in an email ...

In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the anti-American sentiment and negativity, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said: "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... and how many want out."
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

I've spent a lot of time in many countries; some democracies, some dictatorships and some in-between. The USA may have problems, but I'll put up with 'em any day compared to most places.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I took an old family friend (she and Mom have been friends for 53 years) to visit Mom on Saturday

for the great talk I had with that family friend (see above)

for dinner with the ghurls at our favorite Mexican eatery on Saturday eve before Lambda's Saturday Night Live, an AA Speaker Meeting

that I occasionally experience times of wanting to do the next wrong thing, but my recovery program usually doesn't allow me to do that

that I was able to stay in control and avoid panic when a vehicle spun out of control, then crossed the freeway and hit a guardrail only a couple of hundreds yards in front of me!

for Matt's new blog philosophy and appearance

for our last Roundup Committee meeting; the best part is yet to come

The purpose of life is not to be happy. The purpose of life is to matter, to be productive, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.
--Arthur H. Prince

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

thanks for the quote dave. liked that. must say i feel the same way. like the k fed clip too..

Redhead Gal said...

Thanks for the Blair quote. I thank my lucky stars frequently for having been born in this country. There is no where else on earth I'd rather live.

Ferguson on K-Fed was hilarious. Spot on! Although Britney is a joke too..

NMAMFQLMSH said...

What a great quote. Have a kickass Monday dAAve.
JJ

Mary Christine said...

Thanks Daave.

Mary Christine said...

If you read my blog today, please know that I am not referring to you.

Carly said...

Thanks for the post.

Alcoholic Brain said...

Yeah, Tony Blair is cool....

Matt said...

Thanks Dave....just saw your note about me. See you tomorrow!