Nothing Succeeds Like Success

When you think of all the possibilities, we are reminded of the old adage, “Nothing Succeeds Like Success!!!”

This application of thought can be applied in many different ways depending on your needs and your perspective.

Just this morning, while at the local breakfast place,

hold up with my Big Irish Wolfhound, both of us sitting in our car, eating a delightful breakfast, as we often do, I was attracted to the nice, big, pretty, RED, stake side, flat bed, 3500 Truck, which had just parked next to us.  And, you know what?  I can not tell you for sure, if it was a Ford or a Chevrolet, but, I am pretty sure it was a Ford.  I particularly like Fords.  Have all my life and have owned several Ford Trucks!

This truck really caught my eye, because I had been observing another such truck (white) at a local car lot and just knew it would be ideal for our work on the farm!  This truck at breakfast was RED and shinny and looked like new!

When the owner came back and opened the door, I took the opportunity to holler over at him and tell him what a good looking truck he had!   He was pleased and  appreciative and I used the additional door opening of conversation to expand my inquiry.

Before he left the parking lot, I got out of my car and caught him one more time, just before he was leaving.  Turns out that he just uses his truck to do light farm work on his farm.  He can carry six (6) round bales of hay at a time.  UMMM, I thought that was very good.  Then I asked if he sold any hay and he said no, he just did his own hay and that was all, just for his own needs around the farm.  He had a few head of cattle and so on.

Well, before we were finished, we had each other’s names and addresses, and fifty years of information on each other, discovering that we both had worked at Six Flags Over Georgia.  He was about to retire from there, in their Mechanical Fleet, and I had worked there early when I was in college as a Caricature Artist.  We had a common bond instantly, we are almost the same age, and we both have small farms.  And on top of that, he lives near the airport, where I keep my airplanes!   Wow!

The point that I want to make here, is that, even the “Appearance” of success, in the most common and mundane environment can really communicate!   That “shinny” new RED Truck, just screamed “SUCCESS!” and I recognized it as an opportunity for me to learn more.  If I had not called out first and investigated further, it certainly would have been my lost for that opportunity!

Now, I have a new friend, who has a shinny new truck, and we do plan to visit sometime in the near future on our two farms.  On top  of all that, he, like me, of course, is a very nice person.  And, for whatever it is worth, he is Black and I am White!  Otherwise, we are like the same person and we are both Americans!

Success, comes in many different forms, shapes and colors!  And it comes in many different sizes, from big to little!  To say that “One thing leads to another,” is an understatement.

So, as you go about your daily activities, “Peel” your eyes for success and see where it may lead you.  You never know!!!  You could end up making a new friend with a shinny new truck!



The Struggle for Identity

“I is,” and “I ain’t!”

It literally makes me nauseated to even think about it!  I am throwing up as we talk and are putting to words the difficult measure of identity!  Maybe, it was just the orange juice that I over loaded on this morning!  Ummmm  ……

Well, it certainly raises the question, of what is, and what is not!  As we travel through this thing called “Life,” we often stop and think, just what are the measurements of our accomplishments and what have we really done?

Most things don’t give us much trouble, but, then, there are other areas, maybe just a few, that really give us a run for our money sometimes!  For example:

  • What race are we a member of?  White? Caucasian?  Black?  Brown?  Asian? Indian?  American Indian?  Russian?  Croatian?  Irish?
  • So, by the same logic, we may ask what is our own ethnicity?   May have to go to DNA!
  • What religion are we?
  • What do we believe?
  • What is the true description of our work?  Of our job?  Of our responsibilities?
  • Are we tall?   Or are we short?  By whose standards?
  • Are we overweight or underweight?
  • Are you this or are you that?
  • Are you a member?  Or are you not a member?
  • You get the picture!

Which brings me to one primary consideration.

In college, during the Vietnam War Era, I enjoyed the benefit of a college deferment from the draft as a registered 18 year old.  I went to college, Emory University, and while there, volunteered to join the United States Air Force, AFROTC Program.  Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp.  As a Cadet, I was issued both work and dress uniforms, which I wore with pride.  I became an important member of the Rifle Drill Team, and I assumed other responsibilities as offered and needed.  I studied military tactics and drill on the field, and we observed special events and holidays along with our counter gender, Angel Flight.  All this time I kept up a full academic college load of studies.

During this time, we would, from time to time, in full uniform, fly in U. S. Air Force airplanes, to such places as the U. S. Air Force Museum, at Dayton, Ohio, at Dayton Air Force Base.  While there we visited and touched such items as the Enola Gay, the B-52, that delivered the first and second Atomic Bomb during World War II.  And other great aircraft, as well as Air Force Personnel.   We flew back home in the same Air Force Airplane, a Convair 340.  We were United States Air Force thru and thru!

During this time, I took, and made a

high grade on the OCS examination, for Officer Candidate School.  I was military all the way, almost!  But, as time passed, the government wanted a bigger and bigger commitment from me on the time that I would actually spend in the military after college.  I wanted to go to Law School.  They said okay, but that will mean six more years on top of the two, for a total of eight years you will be committed to the Air Force.  That seemed like a long time when you are young and it was not my intention to make the military a career for me.  So later, I withdrew from AFROTC and the apparent dead end road that I was traveling on!

Later the draft went to use a new method of selection for the “Selected Service” and that was the Draft Lottery.  Each Birthday was given a number by draw from a lottery of 365 numbers.  My Birthday of July 6 was #327, as I recall.  It was a very high number and I would most likely not be drafted anytime soon!  I finished college, went to Law School, and got on with my life!  Although I did not finish Law School, after my first year, I went into private business and began to pursue my other dreams in life!

So, I admit it, it has always haunted me, that I was in the military, but, I wasn’t!  There, I have said it!  I did all these things including having an M-14 Rifle (No firing pin), wore the uniform of my country, flew on Air Force Airplanes, marched in Parades, etc., etc., etc.

Now, when all those who are Veterans, who have worn the Uniform, of any branch of the service, please stand up and be recognized, is announced –  I remain seated, because I wrestle with these issues in my mind so heavily!  Yes and no, the arguments can go on, ad- infinitum!

So, in the final analysis, I believe that it is what “You Believe” that is important, within reason.  This puts the burden of proof on what is the reasonable man!  And, this has been the bases for the law and all other things for ages!   What is reasonable???   And who is the “Reasonable Man?”

Is is “You?” Or is it “Me?

Me, of course!

Don’t you agree!?!

It is what you believe!

Last Blog of 2016

Well, the year is about past!  This is the last of 2016!  Wow!  What a year!

For you, I hope this has been an especially good year.  If you are like me, you have experienced a little bit of everything.  From good to sad, we have seen it all!

Just yesterday, December 29, 2016, we had the occasion to bury a dear Brother in Law, of 25 years, who finally succumbed to the frailties of life at a relatively young age of 52.  The Eulogy was given by myself and his daughter and afterwards I played the guitar and we all sang Amazing Grace at the graveside as we laid him to final rest to be with the Lord.  It was windy and very blustery and sort of surreal, as I was sort of like the preacher in charge, along with my niece.  It was difficult to get through, but overall it was uplifting in spirit and the sadness was prevailed by the words, memories and music.  In the words of the song, some things, you have to “Let it go, let it go, let it go!”  He will be sorely missed by all.

On a happier note, we can look forward to the New Year!

Yes, it is coming and 2017 promises to have its own surprises and excitement!

We have a new President, Mr. Donald Trump, and we pray that the economy will improve, our military will be rightfully restored and our general posture in the world and at home will take a turn for the better.  Please pray for President Trump and hold him up in your thoughts and prayers.

As we move forward, my prayer for you, is that you will embrace the New Year!  Meet it head on with “Resolution” to accomplish whatever it is that you are pursuing in this new year!  You can make a difference in your life and in the lives of those around you.  This year, we have another chance to do it right!

My closing admonition for you for 2017 is, in the words of John F. Kennedy, who was an avid sailor at Hyannis Point, MA, where he lived:

“Sail and do not lie still in the harbor!”

Good luck in 2017 and God Speed!