Monday, November 21, 2011


Today I went riding on a windy day. There was a 20 m.p.h. headwind as I started an out-and-back ride. On the way out, I just had to keep my head down and grind. There wasn't much else that I could do but exert maximum and constant effort. When I reached the furthest out point and turned back, suddently things were effortless and I felt like Superman. Even climbing the hills seemed easy.

At present, our country is facing some strong headwinds. Things are tough and have been for some time. Every success seems to be met with new resistance and there is little momentum to be gained. This thought also made me realize that things will turn. The economy, unemployment, and even the political climate are cyclical. In times like this, we forget that it will not always be a struggle. It is healthy to remember that things will get better.

As I was riding my bike back home, I decided that I will plan ahead for better times. I will be prepared to take advantage of the tailwinds when things turn. In the meantime, I will keep my head down, fight against the prevailing headwinds, and look forward to that time when the tailwinds are once again driving us forward.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Honoring Those Who Serve

On this Veteran's Day weekend, I remember and appreciate those who serve. I honor those men and women in our armed forces who sacrifice in service of country. In wartime, this service comes at extreme risk and personal sacrifice. We Americans are truly grateful to our Veterans and their families.

Service occurs in other ways as well: non-profit organizations, local community organizations, and simply donating time or resources to help others in need. Volunteers in the Red Cross and Peace Corps serve people in need all over the world. I believe that our best government leaders are those who pursue government service through a desire to give back.