Celebrate, Celebrate……

Celebrate Being An American as we rebuild after hurricane Sandy and the election!  

In the famous words of JFK  "….ask not what your country can do for you: ask what you can do for your country

We all have an important part to play and we have to decide what it is we can do to help with rebuilding our economy and the disaster after hurricane Sandy. What can we do to  "Give America A Hand"?

                     

Deejay Johnson, one of my grade school girlfriends from Broomfiled, Colorado has written this song of inspiration,"Give America A Hand" to celebrate being an American after being on a plane on 9-11.  Can you image what must have been going through the thoughts of thousands of people in the air on the infamous day of attack on our country!  Deejay Johnson has taken that emotion and recorded a moving song and video about what makes America great!  She wrote the song and created the video with photos from real friends celebrating being an American. You will see the housing market and rebuilding in the photos.  Please watch the video and feel the love! It makes you want to celebrate being an American!

Last week we experienced one of the most devastating storms in recent history, hurricane Sandy. People are coming together to help each other as neighbors should and this cooperative rebuilding could be setting the tone of our future!

Photographer Simos Xenakis is a friend of mine from Brooklyn, New York.  We met on Google+ and his work is amazing.  He had some incredible captures on the day after hurricane Sandy hit and the work that is ahead to rebuild is almost overwhelming.  The link to his work will have you reflecting on the rebuilding.

Sandy lapping

Another storm will be over on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 after the election.  The election rage and anger that has been brewing like hurricane Sandy will finally come to an end.  We have to face the facts that there will be a winner and a loser from the election but we can all be WINNERS by embracing the victor and putting our full support as AMERICANS behind the elected candidate.

Neighborhoods on the east coast and community services are all going to have to work together to rebuild the natural disaster we have just experienced.  The same principles are going to be needed to reconstruct our nation.

  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness
  • Consideration
  • Patience 
  • Ingenuity  

All qualities that will need to be incorporated in our daily lives to rise above the horrific mess we are in financially. 

Lets, take all the fear out of the politics that are out there.  Think about who directs and controls your life right now. Trust and know that you will still be directed and controlled by the same Principle that has been in effect since the beginning of time.  This is a personal decision and you control your thoughts on this one!  Take responsibility for your own thought, you are in control of your own fear.  

The candidate who gets elected on November 6, 2012 needs our support and positive thoughts.  Each candidate talks about "crossing the lines" to help the American public, let's support them in doing it.  This should not be campaign rhetoric, both sides need to walk the walk, AFTER THE STORM!  

You and I are the difference in America.  Let's "Give America A Hand" like he song says!  It is NOT the Republicans or the Democrats.  It is US and the way we behave.  The way we reach out, the way we help others, the way we treat the environment, the way we love one another.  The same way we have to come together "after the storm" with Sandy.  American Red Cross and Salvation Army donations are needed NOW! 

Celebrate Being An American and embrace the newly elected representatives, help rebuilding of the east coast and our country with your positive actions!  

Let's live: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible with Justice and Liberty for all! Let's celebrate being an American together.

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After Sandy?

Natural disasters SHOULD be wake up calls in our consciousness!  How will we be different AFTER SANDY? 

Hurricane Sandy has just devastated the east coast like no other storm in our recent history! To rebuild the ruble is going to take billions of dollars and human beings helping one another like never before. Simos Xenakis has captured some amazing shots of "After Sandy."

Could this be a sign of how we need to pull together to get our nation from under the "turmoil" it is experiencing.  Will the storm be over after November 6, 2012 or will it be SSDD ~ that is "Same Stuff Different Day."

Sandy was a flashing light, like a beacon on the shore for ships at sea. I  have been thinking about this post since mid October when I filled out my election ballot and mailed it in.  Millions of dollars were going to be spent in the next 30 days in waste for the commercials and flyers for a few undecided voters who could change the election… REALLY, should those final few waiting till the last minute be the "special interest group" that determines the fate of the direction our country will go?

Think about it, what 30 second "negative" commercial is going to change someone's mind who can read, think and reason on their own.  I am sorry, if you are reading this and are letting television commercials help make your Presidential and Congressional candidate decisions you are not utilizing all your own reasoning power!  The media is SELLING you what they want you to buy… and many times the message is NOT factual.  It's the media spin to manipulate you to do what they want.

The time has come for all good men (generic term) to take a stand and DEMAND some real change.  Let the news cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions along with the televised debates and let social media do the rest of the campaign.  Let the political parties put their money where it helps the PEOPLE not the party.  The political paybacks are not worth the investment of the American people.

Most of my friends had already made their minds up and knew who they were voting for after the convention and debates. The constant stream of facebook, google+ and twitter posts for someones candidate is annoying beyond belief.  Sharing statements that are not correct makes the initiator look like an imbecile. 

Discussing the concept of  "after the storm" what are the people who have been SHOUTING their strong beliefs going to feel like if their candidate loses on November 6th?  How do they take back all those unkind words and cartoons which exuded hate when the candidate does not win?

There WILL be anxiety for some when their candidate is the loser, so preparing for that possibility will help in maintaining balance if you process it NOW.

Face the facts,  there will be a winner and a loser.  Some will be happy and some will not.  You are going to need to build a bridge and walk on over it if we are to heal this nation and come together as a united front.

Neighborhoods on the east coast and community services are all going to have to work together to rebuild the natural disaster we have just experienced.  The same principles are going to be needed to reconstruct our nation.  Compassion, kindness, forgiveness, consideration, patience and ingenuity are all qualities which need to be incorporated in our daily lives to rise above the horrific mess we are in financially.

Let’s take all the fear out of the politics that are out there.  Think about who directs and controls your life right now?  You need to TRUST and know that you will still be directed and controlled by the same Principle that has been in effect since the beginning of time.  This is a personal decision and you control your thoughts on this one!  Take responsibility for your own thoughts, you are in control of your own fear.

The candidate who gets elected on November 6, 2012 needs our support and positive thoughts. Each candidate talks about “crossing the lines” to help the American public, lets support them in doing it.  This should not be campaign rhetoric, both sides need to walk the walk, AFTER THE STORM!

We need to think about the concept from our  personal perspective and realize we are going to have to “cross the line” with our individual thoughts and work together as a Nation to correct this ”monster” debt and unemployment situation.  We have a part to play in the process and that is to be the BEST American’s we can be, supporting our Congress and President no matter what party gets elected.

“You must be the change you want to see in the world"  Mahatma Gandhi.  He was a man of power, a man of peace and he changed the world.

Ask yourself, what are you doing to make a difference?

We need to think about the future, we need new energy sources, we need to recycle, we need to develop cars that are fuel-efficient, we need to get rid of all the excess that is tearing our country apart.  We need to start with ourselves and think about what we are doing to facilitate the changes that are needed.  We need to love our neighbor before we can have world peace.  We HAVE to reach “across the isle” if our favorite candidate does not win and see what we can do to make things different and change the destruction from within  going on right now.

You and I are the difference in America. Watch this video by Diane Johnson and FEEL the greatness!  It is NOT the Republicans or the Democrats.  It is us and the way we behave.  The way we reach out, the way we help others, the way we treat the environment, the way we love one another.  The same way we will have to come together "after the storm" with Sandy.  American Red Cross and Salvation Army donations are needed NOW!

Apply the universal concept of the Golden Rule, in this time of escalated challenges.  “Treating others as you would like to be treated” is a moral Principle, found in the teachings around the globe. It can dissolve the anger and lead to peace one day!

Think about this, if you were the newly elected President, how would you want to be treated?  Then, let your individual answer direct your actions.

After Sandy?  What will you do?

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