May we look forward with hope and anticipation,
not back with longing and regret.
Happy New Year!
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237 Years ago a group of men decided it was time to stand up and defend themselves against the aggressions of the State. That singular event by a bunch of Colonials pretended to be Mohawks came to be known as the Boston Tea Party. [History Channel] I wonder if they ever thought there actions would resonate so far and long through History.
At least not when a gun is pointing at them!
“He was as close to me, almost, as this camera is and it was pointed right at me,” Husfelt said. “I was trying to turn kind of sideways. … It’s just all reactionary. Who knows what you do in a situation like that? We were all scared and doing a lot of praying, I can tell you that.” CNN
The story of the gunman at the School Board meeting struck me as ironic. Here we have an institution (School Boards) which typically route out any semblance of religion or religious expression, including the Pledge of Allegiance, …praying. Of course the article doesn’t say who they were praying to, but I think it is safe to assume it is a higher power. I wonder if the School Board members were concerned that they might offend someone while they were praying? It is understood that we do not know anything about these men, they all could be Church going men, but the irony in life is sometimes so striking it cannot be overlooked without comment.
Many dispute the fact that there are no atheists in foxholes Or at the wrong end of a gun… regardless it is doubtful there are any atheists afterwards…
On a more self-defense oriented note, the female board member that reentered the room and tried to disarm the gunman was brave and very lucky. Luckily the crazy gunman seemed to have a problem with shooting women and let her go. Her actions may have stalled is shooting spree enough to allow the security guard/retired police officer to get there in time to help. It did not seem that she had any formal self-defense training or martial arts skills, just a purse! Her situation truly illustrates why everyone should have some exposure to formal training in a defensive art, you never know when or where you may find yourself in need of defending yourself.
During this busy time of year we often forget the simple things that are most important, love, charity, and kindness to name a few. This is the one time of year we are supposed to remember these things above all others, unless you are a Scrooge! The following video is awesome because it demonstrates the joy we should feel and the way the season should move each of us.
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One question, if you were in the crowd, would you have stood and joined in or would you leave the singing to the professionals?
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