The greatest place to be in troubled times

by | Nov 12, 2002 | Archives

Ever wonder how the world (or you) are going survive? Do some days (or most) seem filled with doom and gloom? Recently I was reading a USA Today article (November 1, 2002 page 17A) entitled “Attention turns back to liberty” by Joan Biskupic. The story pointed out a growing concern in America that the Bush administration has made an extraordinary assault on civil liberties. The author gave examples of secret deportations, a proposed government hotline for delivery workers and others to report suspicious activity, abuse of new wiretap powers and indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without allowing them legal representation. Concerns that new domestic spying powers enabled by the USA Patriot Act expands the government’s authority to obtain personal information and how the government may be abusing this authority.

When reading such negativity it is so easy to feel out of control and that there is no great place left to be.

When such thoughts start to enter my mind, I think of a message a reader recently sent to me.

“Gary, The following words were found on the tomb of an Anglican bishop in the crypts of Westminster Abbey:

'When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.

'But it seemed too immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

'And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would than have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have changed the world.’ “

What a great place to be. In charge of your own life and capable of making it better! Whether thinking about your family, health, wealth or all the problems of the world, this is the only place to be! Until next message I hope you are there and realize what a great place this truly is.