Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy

“My recovery has not been easy. Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.” 

—  Sergeant First Class Cory Remsbur

Many of us can attest to that.

In his last words, during yesterday’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said:

“My fellow Americans, men and women like Cory remind us that America has never come easy.  Our freedom, our democracy, has never been easy.  Sometimes we stumble; we make mistakes; we get frustrated or discouraged.  But for more than two hundred years, we have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress – to create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement; to free other nations from tyranny and fear; to promote justice, and fairness, and equality under the law, so that the words set to paper by our founders are made real for every citizen.  The America we want for our kids – a rising America where honest work is plentiful and communities are strong; where prosperity is widely shared and opportunity for all lets us go as far as our dreams and toil will take us – none of it is easy.  But if we work together; if we summon what is best in us, with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast towards tomorrow – I know it’s within our reach. 

Believe it.”

I do.

America

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“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

For many of us, America is our adopted country.  It is not a birthright, but a choice. We chose America and she, in turn, welcomed us into her fold. 

Why choose America?

She is diverse, feisty, outspoken and sassy.

She has fifty states and the federal district of Washington, D.C., as well as several commonwealth territories. Each has its own unique flavor, style, accent and sights. So much to see and discover.

She provides a multitude of opportunities which, in turn, enable us to achieve our wildest dreams… if we dare.

She believes in second chances, allowing us to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off – if and when we fail.

She allows us to reinvent ourselves, again and again.

She is extremely competitive and proud.

She can be very harsh, yet also very kind.

She, like the rest of us, can put her foot in her mouth from time to time… but then apologize wanly and be done with it.

She may have a few flaws, but she tries to do better.

She will always lend a helping hand to other countries, even though her help is not always welcome.

She embraces strangers but you wouldn’t want her as your enemy.

She is stubborn, tough, independent and free.

She is receptive to hearing all opinions, opposing or not, and will agree to disagree.

She advocates freedom and justice.

She is not infallible, but strives to be.

She believes that the only power greater than her, is God.

She doesn’t let insults faze her.

She stands by what she says and what she does.

She is America.

Happy Fourth of July!

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(Poem “Why Choose America?” written by Heather Joan Marinos/Copyright © 2013 Heather Joan Marinos – All Rights Reserved.)

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