I lead with a quote attributed to the great George Washington Carver:
How far you go in life depends
on your being tender with the young,
compassionate with the aged,
sympathetic with the striving
and tolerant of the weak and strong.
Because someday in life
you will have been all of these
Look into his face; the above-quote surely contain words to live by.
In this day and age we seem to fixate a bit too much on the tender and compassionate with any and everybody, and tolerant only of the weak while, conversely, we tend to be not quite respectful and sympathetic enough of the striving -- especially if said striving is associated with a business.
Or so it seems to me.
As we close this historic year, I'm spending a much-desired quiet night at home on New Years Eve. Between watching some college football (SEC! SEC! SEC! Vanderbilt and LSU have done us proud!) I also caught parts of the outstanding movie, Saving Private Ryan, on TNT. I found myself struck anew by the powerful ending to the flick and the "earn this" admonition Captain Miller of the 2nd Ranger Battalion gave to Private Ryan as he, Miller, lay dying.
And I cannot help but think of Barack Hussein Obama.
Hail and farewell to a historic year for America; well done faithful servant, George W. Bush. Sit down and rest a little while. You were tender, compassionate, sympathetic and tolerant to those for whom you owed a duty; the American people. Welcome and hello to a new head of the executive branch of the federal government; may you exceed my expectations and earn the tremendous honor the country has bestowed upon you.