Random thoughts…after a year…

Theodore Roosevelt’s quote (which I’m sharing today) is such an inspiration, as I look back at how the past year!  It is a reminder about what really matters… Staying true, being honest (to the best of one’s ability) despite the lies and twisting efforts of the opposition…and working hard for the success of what is right

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

Next week marks the beginning of my fourth year of blogging (I wrote at Red State prior to opening PoliticalFireball), but for me the past year has been more of a a “learning” experience than the first two.  The last year has, most importantly, taught me to rely on God (He is the only one that’s always there)…It also served as a refresher on the importance of family (who is almost always there!).
Decisions of 2014
Evil often confronts one trying to do what’s right; people who pretend to be friends in fair weather, entrap and lie when life gets tough.  Jealousy over ridiculous things such as innovative ideas and respectful appearances just goes too far.
Precious few are there to search for the truth or work out a problem that could have a simple solution.  Others demand loyalty to a “personality”– happily offering an ultimatum– ethics, freedom of association and free speech or “loyalty” to a personality (somehow failing to recognize that true loyalty wouldn’t be unethical!).  
That’s not the path for me.  And while the consequences of the right choice may be hard, it doesn’t make them any less right!!  Whether the opposition is in one’s home town or D.C., we can’t cave in to what is wrong!  What ever happened to “live and let live?” (even most libertarians who claim to value freedom don’t exercise that quality)!
Now on to 2015!
I’m not sure how much I’ll be blogging during the coming year with no elections pending, but I hope readers will continue to read updates here!
This year has already been exciting and I’ve been encouraged and inspired by this Bible verse (scripture for this year) Matthew 10:16:
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
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