Feel Good Movie…for you

Happy New Year everyone! So one of my new year’s resolutions was pretty simple – live life superbly. In 2009 and 2010 we have seen some pretty gruesome times. Lost jobs, lost riches, lost homes…and on and on. Pretty bleak… or maybe not. I had many of these issues affect me personally from a business standpoint in 2009 and 2010 and as best as I can figure I’m still here and fighting the good fight. When you sum it all up, I think we are pretty fortunate no matter how down the cards may be. Pretty fortunate because we live in an awesome country where we can get up each day and change whatever reality may have affected us from the last. No country rewards persistence, vision and stick-to-it-ness like the US. So in keeping with one of my resolutions I thought I might share a clip of many hundreds of people living life superbly. Caveat is this is filmed in Heathrow .. but our UK friends need love to.

So enjoy and I hope in 2011 you can live life superbly and always find time to be in the moment.

Our Road Trip to Tennessee

I just love road trips! This past weekend me and family packed up the truck and headed to the Tennessee mountains for a wedding of one of my wife’s cousins. The wedding was held in a town called Monterey which is….a little way out there. Total drive time was approximately 5 hours and amazingly enough the kids did awesome on the way up and on the way back. The road trip was filled with all the cliché occurrences, “daddy are we there yet?”, “I have to pee”, “I’m bored”, etc. AND I loved it all. We got to stop and check out beautiful scenery and reconnect as a family. In the day to day scramble that has become life in the 21st century there is something strangely and perplexingly wonderful about locking yourself in a car for five hours with people you absolutely adore.

I hope that I can go on more road trips to scenic places like this in the future. I’ve included some great pics of the event!

On the road through the Tennessee mountains, North East of Chattanooga

Near Dunlap, TN – really beautiful. Stopped to take this by the side of the road

Old cabin on the property where the wedding was held

My wife extremely geeked out. I can see Steve Jobs counting his money in the background

The obligatory road-side pit stop. “Daddy I have to pee really, really bad!”

Look out point stop on the way back to ATL

No road trip is complete without Cracker Barrell and checkers

My youngest enjoying the Cracker Barrell rocking chair

Entrance to the where the wedding was held

Kids playing in the gazebo at the place we stayed

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The Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR3962) Trades Our Collective Liberty for Security (FYI…that’s bad)

No matter where you stand on the political “aisle” of life, be it Republican, Democrat, or Independent the current bill that was just recently passed by Congress is an absolute disgrace.  In fact, let us start on the right frame work from which to view this abomination.  Instead of pigeon holing ourselves into a nice category like conservative, republican, etc. how about we try a new name for our collective selves.  Guess what that name is?

A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N !

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“He who trades liberty for security deserves neither and will lose both.” (picture courtesy of USAA)

With that common understanding now well established let’s proceed.  The disgraceful part of the current bill is that is throws out the common themes and ideals that have identified us as the greatest nation on Earth for the better part of two centuries.

Ideals and values such as freedom of choice, hard work, honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, entrepreneurship, and oh by the way did I say freedom & liberty? If not let me say it again…. FREEDOM…LIBERTY.  You see in today’s mass media market values like FREEDOM & LIBERTY have been watered down and commoditized.  Some how these words are now just part of the common toolkit of career politicians and political hacks, used to fight battles of popularity and power.

It seems that somehow overtime our country’s collective memory of how hard won our individual liberties and freedoms were have been forgotten.  Let’s face it getting the rights we have today and the lifestyle we enjoy was not a god-given right.  It was, and is, a gift that requires us to be vigilant and protect this wonderful thing we have been given.  I believe in America we have forgotten that liberty and security are two very different ideals.  The vote that was passed in Congress is a vote that by and large passed using persuasive arguments that appealed to constituents “security” side.  I like to be secure as well but not at the expense of my liberty.  To put this in extremely basic terms I’ve created a simple analogy: (see below)

You move in with your parents as a 35 year old adult after suffering a job loss, etc.  Your parents provide you “security” – roof over your head, food, transportation, comfort, conversation, etc.  However, it comes with a price.  You see your Mom is a strict Southern Baptist and doesn’t agree with your late night carousing, drinking, video game playing, farting, texting on your cell phone and she vehemently disagrees with this whole thing she calls the “world wide web”.  So guess what she does? That’s right, she restricts you.  Mom and Dad agree that you can no longer go out past 6pm, you can only drink Schwepps Ginger Ale (on special occasions you can have O’Doul’s), the only games you can play are checkers (good news is your Mom has a friend named Hilda that rocks at checkers), gaseous substance releases have to be done outside and last but not least she confiscates your laptop calling it the “gateway to hell”.

And there you have it folks.  You’ve achieved your security and in the process you have traded your liberty.  Sucks doesn’t it?

Make no mistake about it.  This is the path we are on.  You see, we can’t have it both ways.  I hope that sooner, rather than later, we as Americans understand the differences and the tradeoffs that are involved.

Thomas Jefferson nailed it a very long time ago when he said the following:

“He who trades liberty for security deserves neither and will lose both.”

On this Veteran’s Day let us not only honor those great men and women who have honorably served but also be reminded that their sacrifices were to guard the liberty and freedom of choice that we have today.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3962/show >  Visit this link to learn more about HR 3962