As a longtime Roswellian, I left the breakfast just a little bit jealous. While Roswell has been debating and second-guessing our strategic planning, Alpharetta has been acting. The contrast with Alpharetta, as well as Sandy Springs and Woodstock, is distinct. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t leave the breakfast with a “grass is always greener” jealousy (especially as Alpharetta has used Bermuda in its city green which tends to look a bit yellow in winter dormancy.) Instead, I left taking inventory of Roswell’s assets and contrasts with Alpharetta.
Friends, it’s time to get involved. Tomorrow’s special election is our chance to participate in a sacred, patriotic act; voting. Don’t be influenced by the negative, snarky, forces of attack that feed on fear and deception. Rather, get informed. Check out the resources that POSITIVELY ROSWELL has provided to help you get to know the character of all the candidates, and cast your vote for a better, healthier, and balanced Roswell.
The general spirit communicated was that, regardless of our political choice, we as Americans had a sacred privilege in the ability to cast our vote in a process that would determine our country’s next occupier of the Oval Office. Such photos often included homages to those that have fought and died to secure our right to vote and a general acknowledgment that, even if we loathe the choices, we have a moral obligation to “do our part.”
As my children mature, it’s more and more difficult to assemble the whole gang for QFT (quality family time.) This last weekend, thanks to the generosity of a great family friend, my whole family learned to fly. Que Tom Petty! We went to the iFly indoor skydiving facility off Cobb Pkwy where the whole gang experienced the thrill of literally floating on air.
I'm putting my money where my mouth is, or at least my time, in 2017. I'm committing to being a better-engaged citizen right here in Roswell. Will you join me? The countdown to the Super Bowl is on. We're just hours away. Join with me and help Roswell #RiseUp regardless of the outcome of today's game. If you do, we'll all be winners no matter what.
Don’t get me wrong, you can’t grow up as a white kid in the south without absorbing at minimum some racial bias and prejudice, especially if you’re raised in a “Christian” home. Chances are, your childhood church experience was nearly completed segregated, but probably never discussed.
I’m writing this blog on a new tool that I’m hoping to use to help bridge the gap between intention and execution. A few months ago, a coworker sent me a link to the Qwerkywriter, a Bluetooth keyboard with the look and feel of a vintage typewriter. It looked to be beautifully crafted, but a bit expensive at $300 for a keyboard with less functionality than one I could pick up for $19.99 on Amazon.com. I thought it would make a great gift for the accomplished writers I know, but not really a sensible purchase for someone who primarily writes blogs about his son’s high school football team.
Jesus didn’t come as a president or king. He didn’t come as a man of power or wealth or influence. He didn’t even come as a mayor or councilman. Jesus of Nazareth started from nothing and changed the world. A man who wasn’t even born indoors brought a piece of the divine, the kingdom of Heaven, to this world. He brought good news for the poor and a simple message; you matter. The least of you matters. In God’s economy, the Syrian refugee matters just as much as a President. In fact, maybe just a little bit more as God blesses the "humble in spirit."
If a doctor measured the sweat he had poured out on the turf combined with the tears that had poured from his eyes following a final kick that drifted 3 feet too wide to continue the game, he/she would probably prescribe a Saline IV, and stat. He’d poured out everything. He gave his all. He was spent. Perhaps, he was too fatigued to take off his shoulder pads.
I want to be a voice that helps bring our community together, recognizing that we might have different pigment in our skin, but we’re all one human race. Roswell will grow and change from the inside-out, not the outside-in, Though the re-naming of the park might seem like a small gesture, it’s a great step toward bringing our community together, and encouraging us to truly live as ONE ROSWELL!
Conventional disclaimers have worked their way into our everyday conversations. We all understand that when someone uses a conventional disclaimer, the statement that follows will almost always undermine the very point they were saying they were not making.
In the aftermath of the campaign, I’ve already watched dozens of hours of coverage examining the emotions and motivations that informed the voting decisions of our nation’s electorate. The words I’ve heard most often are fear, anger, and frustration. FEAR IS THE ENEMY! The Trump supporters felt that way before the election, and the Clinton supporters feel that way now. I don't mean to dismiss anyone's emotions. However, one emotion that I have yet to hear described, before or after the election, is gratitude.
I still feel the way I did a month ago with the exception of the first sentence. I believe that evangelicals won the election and lost their witness.
Please, please, please prove me wrong again.
I’m starting with me. I’m screwed up. I have prejudices in my heart that I am examining and expunging. I have work to do. If all of us are honest, we’ll acknowledge that all of us have prejudice and even the seeds of racism in our hearts, planted by a legacy of the sin of slavery and nourished by the fear and segregation of our own experiences. I think step # 1 is non-defensively acknowledging that.
I WOULD LIKE TO OFFICIALLY OFFER MY ENDORSEMENT AND SUPPORT FOR A THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE THAT POSSESSES MORE POSITIVE QUALITIES THAN BOTH MAJOR PARTY CANDIDATES PUT TOGETHER, THE ONE AND ONLY TAYLOR SWIFT.
We’re witnessing a national election where we’ve been asked to suspend evaluation of character and instead focus on the platform with which we most align. When it comes time to pick our new member of city council, especially in light of Igleheart’s scandal, can we please, please, please, please, please make character, values, sound judgement and behavior the most important thing?
I know many of us are still licking our wounds. We thought that Trump was the only person who could save our nation. He told us so repeatedly. He was wrong, and we were wrong for believing him. Our nation needs healing. Our nation needs forgiveness. Our nation needs love. If we reach out to our African American, Hispanic, LGBT communities and confess that we were wrong, they will forgive us in a heartbeat. If you don’t believe me, just try it, today.
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I was stunned. He was yelling right at me. My blood start boiling, and the veins in my neck started popping. My adrenaline kicked in. My mind started racing with things I wanted to say. In his identifying our apartment demographic, he was making a not so veiled racial generalization about our community. I don’t just love our team, I love the players on our team. I know them. I’ve seen how hard they work.
Whether you’re comfortable with the expression of servant leadership or not, we’re all left with the same conclusion. If we really want to lead our businesses, organizations, communities, and families, we must be people-first. We must place a higher value on others. If we all make even the smallest effort to do that every day, the world will become a markedly better place. You can be that difference maker. You can be that change agent. You can be the leader worth following.