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On March 11, someone said to me you have a big day coming up in May, what are you going to do about it. He was talking about my seventieth birthday in 2016. I thought about it and decided to make a big change. I will switch from Democrat to Independent and say what is truly on my mind as to what is important for America. But not like Trump as I have empathy and respect for others, and self modesty.
I was reading a book by Chuck Norris of Walker - Texas Ranger called "Black Belt Patriotism" copyright 2008 in which he notes eight problems America faces: 1) we have, as a whole, forgotten our roots; too many don't know and appreciate those who founded our country, 2) control over government spending is ignored, 3) our borders are too porous, 4) America is weak in our moral compass, 5) violence and lack of respect for "our fellow humans" [Chuck Norris wrote --human life--] is too rampant, 6) the future for our children is put aside, 7) too many grow up in broken homes, 8) apathy - physical, mental and spiritual, exists in too many. I agree with Chuck Norris, particularly his quote from Abe Lincoln "In the end, it's not the years in your life that counts, but the life in your years". I also agree with Chuck's message that we should never stop trying to make a difference. I have too much life in my years to be apathetic, even in my retirement.
Albert Einstein wrote that insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting the results to be different! I didn't sufficiently addressed the issues America faced and failed to speak my mind. I no longer trust that our next President will better solve our problems unless I learn and speak my mind to others as to what most ails America and what changes have to be made.
I commit to building a better America:
1) I will continue to learn and cultivate my mind daily, so that I will be able to have something to say firstly on what interests who I am talking to, secondly on the needs for America, and thirdly on what interests me.
2) I will give credit to other good men and women for their efforts,
3) I will give so much time to the improvement of myself and America that I don't have time to criticize others.
4) I will continually question my values, but remain loyal to my country, my family and my friends.
5) I will work for the good of all people and make them feel worthwhile,
6) I will take ownership of my short comings and take action to overcome them,
7) I will make honoring commitments to myself and others a top priority,
8) Each evening, I will determine at least one important matter that needs doing and for the next day, schedule a task based thereon,
9) I will strive for consistency and trustworthiness, not perfection,
10) I will always be in a positive frame of mind, goal oriented, and convey this feeling to every person I meet and will vote in the elections and encourage others to do likewise because that positive attitude helps America, my family and myself.
I will live by these 10 commitments and be an example to others, including my wife, my 4 grown daughters and my 9 grandchildren, and great-grandson.
Keep in touch with my brothers, sister and their families.
Keep fit physically and mentally.
Overcome my speech handicap by working with a speech therapist weekly and practicing daily.
Be a mentor to others including family members.
Spend at least 600 minutes a month exercising.
Eat Zone balanced Paleo meals and snacks.
Spend at least 30 minutes weekly keeping a journal.
Set time on my calendar to achieve my goals
Currently live in Spotsylvania, Virginia
Grew up in Washington, DC and attended George Washington University
Retired US Patent examiner
Have 1 sister, 3 brothers, 4 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson
| current weight: 163.0