As I stopped my day for a minute to watch a portion of the television coverage of our nation’s 41st President’s memorial services, I recalled being a college student at the age of 20, casting my first presidential ballot for George H.W. Bush. I do not remember exactly why I cast my vote for him, but I do remember thinking he was a baseball pitcher at Yale, and he had served his country in the Navy. Because he was a pitcher, like my father, and like me, I understood he knew how to stand alone on a pitcher’s mound in control of a game, even when things were not going well. There is no stronger man than one who has served his country in the military and stood on a pitcher’s mound in a tough game.
Regardless of your political views, we as Americans had an opportunity to see and be a part of the passing of President George H.W. Bush this week. I am sure it struck each of us differently. The kind words his close family, friends and confidants spoke of him were incredibly moving. One of the best moments that spoke to me was when the former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson made a statement we all need to hear– “Hatred corrodes the container in which it is carried.” This quote made me think about the season we are all about to be consumed by, which is surrounded by love and family. My motivational inspiration this magical month, for all my friends, in all states, is that we take out our polishing rags and wipe away any ounce of corrosion, tarnish, and hatred from our lives. Let our gifts be wrapped in the sparkling love we should have for one another, and let us cherish who we are for each other. Be we family or friends, we are first Americans and that common bond is so important. George H.W. Bush often said, “When tough choices come, it’s the country, not me.” May we have an “I am second” attitude during this season, send away the hatred and place the other person in front of ourselves.
Happy Holidays my friends-