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It is wise, as a people of this great nation, to look backwards as we look forward and connect the dots of life for hope and sustainability. For many, taking life for granted can led to disappointments. However, being aware of the pitfalls we may encounter can help us avoid them and allow us to enjoy life—a rewarding, vibrant and exhilarating experience filled with gratitude.

During this time of the year, it is natural for people to examine their achievements, failures, and things that have frustrated them. American entrepreneur and Apple computer co-founder Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

This quote guided my thoughts about this great country we live in to make this point: when we connect the dots in America history, it is then we discover that we are one of the most blessed countries in the world. Most people are fed. Most people have shelter. Most people have money to purchase things they need and even what they don’t need. Compared to the rest of the world, we are rich. We are not only blessed materially, we are blessed with friends, family, and a future.

When we connect the dots to our history we discover a remarkable fact that each person—past and present—has contributed in some small way to the greatness of this country.  No matter how minute your contributions, each one of us has helped in some form or fashion to create the greatest and most powerful nation in the world.

However, we are sometimes slow to acknowledge how blessed we are to live in this great country because we have grown accustomed to freedom and liberty. When we take our liberty for granted, we have failed to connect the dots!

Our history reveals, that Americans have rallied together to protect and promote human rights and to improve relationships between cultures and race. We are a protector of the environment. We speak out against things that are knowingly wrong, and we uphold principles that are fair to all. We restrain from voicing hurtful opinions about another, and we lift up each other in times of tragedy. We are compassionate, caring, and understanding.  This is what connecting the dots shows us.

So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten