It’s really a question

At sports functions and public gatherings someone gets up in front of the crowd and sings a song.

It’s usually considered a statement.

I offer to you that it’s not a statement at all but, rather, a question. A question that we answer, daily, with our actions… our attitudes… our lives.

The song is, of course, The Star Spangled Banner. Our National Anthem.

On this week of her birth I considered what the words of that great song really mean to me:

Think about that the next time you sing it or hear it. Be thankful that the answer to that question is still a resounding “Yes!”

Here they are again. Forgive any misspelled words:

Oh, say… can you see,
by the dawn’s early light
what so proudly we hailed
at the twighlight’s last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight
o’re the ramparts we watched
were so gallantly streaming.

And the rockets red glare,
the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. 

Oh, say… does that star spangled banner yet wave…
o’re the land of the free… and the home of the brave?

Happy Birthday America!

John Schneider

Failure is a choice

Failure is not an occurrence… it’s a choice. One that way too many people make every day.

The difference between people who reach their goals and those don’t is that those who fail made a decision to quit. They said “Well… It’s not in the cards.”

Then they stopped. They bagged it. They quit. They decided to fail.

Don’t be like that person. Don’t quit and blame your failure on the “cards.”

Keep pressing ahead. It may take years but still… it’s better to take years in pursuit of your dream than it is to quit and blame it on someone or something else.

The one thing that achievers have over non-achievers is that achievers NEVER quit. Ever. They DECIDE to make it. To achieve their goal… their way.

I heard it said that “Failure is the half way point between starting and finishing.” Half way.

That means most people quit just before they get over the hilltop.

Just before.

Don’t.

I also heard that “Success comes to those who can fail time after time and never lose enthusiasm.”

It’s all true. All of it.

What is your decision today?

Here’s mine: When the going gets tough the tough dig in. It’s worth it. I eat opposition for breakfast.

In fact… think about it this way… if you are playing basketball and when someone passes you the ball no one is on you..? You’re probably not much of a ball player.

When I get the ball… the opposition double teams my butt. Bring it on! I’m heading toward my goal!

You?