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A Thought for Today
God bless America and all the people
everywhere who help to keep our country going and growing with their
moral and vocal support.
of the Darkness
America is an idea. Born out of need, nurtured into something from nothing
- but everything; the hands and headaches and hearts of God’s great
handfuls needing freedom. Despite the years that pass or are passing, the
country is still in its first days. Youth affords everything and the young
see daylight first.
Parading the Colors
He or she who hasn’t stumbled in the public garrisons and been picked up
by strangers or a friend still trembles on the edge of life awaiting
entrance. What is right with America are those who go on righting our
The American city is the best idea “that works” to come along within our
lifetimes. Our fathers and our fathers’ fathers put in place the wheel.
Our mother’s zeal was inspiration for its turn. As sons and daughters of
the pilgrims and the pioneers, it’s up to us to keep it greased.
Honesty goes in and out of fashion with politics and policies the citizen
is not aware of. But in the end, no few men change the country - it still
belongs to us.
The Times of Man
Man has his seasons. His own times. And while nature makes the colors
change, the moons, the tides - man is more accountable for change than he
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Friendship is an idea, not an invention, a pledge, not a promise, and
(with any luck at all) a lifetime, not merely a season.
Learn from your yesterdays but leave them
We are each other's wheel and axle well
THINGS DO NOT CHANGE
||Things do not
became of accident or war.
Man is not altered,
at least not rearranged by man himself.
Man changes and is changed
by something else.
He evolves like the dinosaur, but slower.
Evolution is usually preoccupied
and pays no attention to proceedings
when it comes to man.
And so the wind of change
is not always accompanied by
the sands of time.
More often they are left behind
not even regulated to the history book.
Whatever you believe or see,
whatever horoscope you read or bible you consult -
God’s own ancient diary or the one
you’ve written for yourself -
no stars, no sages, and no sayings change us.
We are altered by the alternatives we stumble on.
These certain accidents
planned, unplanned, or perpetuated
that come upon us like an early fog
do make a difference.
If that fog would last or was predictable
then any change could last or be controlled.
But men have brains too small
to chronicle or keep a change
from falling backward into all the rubbish
that a brain contains.
Knowledge is akin to loving
the closer to reality you come
the deeper the mystery.
He who loves his country first
has time for children
and for walking,
talking in his sleep,
rolling down a hill,
and finding one
who supercedes all other loves.
Time will take the patriot
on an endless journey
and it will seem like overnight.
His list of pursuits can challenge
and still his mind will stay uncluttered.
If you would put yourself,
your house in order
try thinking of your country first,
and you will learn that order
is the secret of selectivity.
Believe it. Try it, anyway.
-from “The Power Bright & Shining,” 1980