Here we have a tired miner from the Klondike Gold Rush!
Today in brief! ;-)
Sheila, has lived in many places but her heart has never left Opp, AL , suggested I read a blog called ‘Sean of the South’. Now I suggest it, only if you want to read some real life stories that will at times bring tears. BUT one warning, just as Sheila ends every communication with a ‘Roll Tide’, so does Sean. (One day Imma will find out what that means! ;-O. LOL)
Sean’s blog like all the blogs I read will ‘mentally suggest’ to me a blog entry. I enjoy your ‘takes’ on life. I enjoy your serious, witty, creative, wild and funny entries. As I read your blogs I get a cross section of OUR AMERICA!
So today I was pointed to ‘Believe in Yourself’. That is something I have tried to instill in my sons. At times I might have pushed the envelope ;-).
I have added a caveat, “Believe in yourself, BUT KNOW REALITY”…….
… let’s say, A very good local ball player is awarded a scholarship to a well-known college. Ball should not be his/her life, get the education. If selected for the pros, then they won’t sound ignorant when interviewed. If not selected, there is still something to use for a future.
Politically, if you want to run for president, you might try for city council, mayor or dog catcher first!
Political example. It is well known in our little town to win an election you MUST be a REGISTERED DEMOCRAT (No matter what your political persuasion is). You must also be a ‘friend’ of the local ‘Powers that BE.’
Jack Rhyne was a local boy and insurance man. You older folk will remember when you knew your Insurance man better than a doctor. He was at your house weekly to collect the 25 or 30 cents payments on your family’s insurance policies. The envelope was hung just beside the door, if you weren’t home, your door was unlocked and he would step inside, get the change and notate the date paid.
(Our ins card, After 50 years has age creeping in)
Everyone in town knew Jack. His plan was to run for mayor. One promise was to push for a bridge that would unlock a community that was held hostage by trains for hours at a time. Their pleas had went unheard.
(Our entire family Life insurance bill was $1.35 a week)
He bucked the system and won, it took a few years but the bridge was built. He also ran for state government and won. He had a heart attack and retired from politics. But he would have had a greater career, because he ‘Believed in himself, but KNEW reality.’
So always Believe in YOURSELF!