I Feel Gratitude And Awe For Those Who Fought For Us . . .

We will not forget–we can’t forget. . .


I thought that I would keep this short and sweet. I looked at this picture with the caption and I thought about how much gratitude and awe I felt just thinking about how these brave souls did what they did. If it we me I’m not sure I could do it.To know that the likelihood is I would not see another tomorrow is beyond anything that I can create in my head. Where does that courage come from? Where does that sense of sacrifice and dedication come from? How does someone continue to put one foot in front of the other marching along a lonely darkened path somewhere understanding that your next step could be your last? Climbing over a hill not knowing who or what is on the other side but knowing that you have to go anyway.

It is sometimes difficult for me to focus on the reality that our brave men and women had to realize every day. Some came home and some didn’t. These were/are, truly, human beings who did heroic things. I have not an inkling of what was going on for these people-for what they felt and thought. All I know is that they were over ‘there’ fighting for something they desperately believed in ‘over here’ and they left here knowing they could die over ‘there’. But they went anyway.

When I think about how Canada has treated those who gave their lives or returned to their homes and families it truly saddens me. They should have been then and they should be, now, treated with the respect and with the dignity, honor and admiration they truly deserve and yet many have perished on the very streets they fought to protect. Many have begged for help and support–for some quality of life that should come automatically for their service and for their sacrifice. They do not deserve lip service and a ‘we’ll see you next near’ response. Many are homeless or suffer from mental illness yet we, as a whole, find ways to deflect their words. We provide for many new Canadians at the expense of the Canadians who truly need to be seen much differently than they are. We should be ashamed.

When PM Trudeau campaigned for office he said he would recognize the sacrifices and right the wrongs done. I noticed that he has re-opened some veteran offices across the country. My hope is that this is just a signal of things to come and not a mollifying gesture to those who deserve much more. Let’s do the right thing-it’s not too late–God Bless those who gave and fought for us. Truly–where we would be today without them then?

Anyways, that’s how I see it. All the best, Jim

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There Comes A Time When You Need To . . .


January 28, 2015

This article is a continuation of a blog I wrote in 2013. It tells of a family but more about a man and his son and their story. I wanted to provide an update about what they have been doing that shows that their story is very real-that it is a way of life for them and that they live what we see.

Patrick Henry Hughes was born with no eyes and his basic structural bones and joints were all but useless in terms of he being able to walk, climb and be a ‘normal’ kid. Most parents would have been destroyed by this but this remarkable family didn’t let that happen to them. Truthfully, Patrick’s father stated he was devastated by this. He realized that his dreams for his son and all they would do together were gone before any of it could be started. But instead of feeling sorry for himself and his wife and family not to mention Patrick himself, they all banned together to provide Patrick with the best life experience they could provide him given the ‘limits’ that Patrick faced.

Patrick has gone on to graduate from the University of Louisville (magna cum laude), has produced two CD’s, much of it being his own music, has given concerts (he was playing piano at 9 months of age and is an accomplished piano and trumpet player) all over the world, has become an international speaker with an excellent motivational and spiritual message and has appeared on all the top rated day time TV shows. He has chosen to celebrate his God given gifts and to realize his potential and skills. He will not be defined by his circumstances but rather sees himself as fortunate. I believe this philosophy to be a great gift from his parents–especially his father who refused to feel angry and somehow cheated out of his lost dreams. Patrick’s father stepped up when most would have stepped back. He taught Patrick many lessons by how he conducted himself. He became Patrick’s role model and he gave from his heart. Patrick had a great dad–an outstanding teacher and mentor–one he could surely count on and a dad who loved him unconditionally. That’s who a dad is and what a dad does.

(Original copy from October 22, 2013)

There comes a time when circumstances demand we get out of ourselves and share who we are and what we have to offer to the world instead of constantly looking for what the world owes us. We have become such an ego-centric society. This remarkable real life story of Patrick Henry Hughes should command us, especially those of us with kids, to look at what and how we determine our priorities. Do we need to re-assess that list somewhat?

At a time when men all over the world are second guessing their role as a parent and as a father along comes a video that truly says what being a father is really all about. If you have any doubts please watch this life changing video. It will be one of the best 6 minutes you have spent in a long time. The quality of the clip isn’t great but the message is very clear. It leaves no doubt about the responsibility men need to share when thinking about being a ‘dad.’ It’s not glamorous and it’s not medal worthy but it is absolute. If you have taken the time to participate in creating a life then you have a responsibility to stay around and make sure that the life you helped create has every chance of thriving. This is not negotiable and it is not to be debated. It is what it is.

“There comes a point in life when fun no longer means clubbing, drinking, or being out until 4am, or thinking about yourself.
But now fun means Disney movies, family dinners, bedtime stories, long cuddles, a messy house, sleeping by 10pm and hearing little voices say, “I love you.” Becoming a parent doesn’t necessarily change you. But it does help you realize that the little people that YOU created deserve the very best of your time.”
True and pure love is the basis of this clip. Spend the time it takes and you’ll see the world to be a different place.

Finally a resource for single moms and dads

Finally a resource for single moms and dads

Please check out “A Man’s Work Is Never Done . . . ” Read it and then pass it on to those who you think would appreciate some guidance when mentoring their sons through the transition from boyhood to manhood. This is a great resource for single moms, single dads, grandparents and other family members who struggle with how to help a fatherless young man in their lives become all he can be in a rapidly changing world.

Let’s Remember Remembrance Day

Poppies Remembrance Day

We Will Not Forget

I wonder how many folks will actually take the time to be still and remember those who gave their lives so that we may enjoy our freedoms and our culture. Many think that Remembrance Day is about keeping the war in the front of people’s minds and the sacrifices. For me it is remembering that so many special people were willing to go off to a foreign land and put themselves in harms way so that freedom would not be extinguished. Where does that courage and that selflessness come from in some? The concept is lost on many now. Our young folks are losing perspective because they have difficulty referencing what they have now with those sacrifices which were made so many years ago by so many brave men and women. That’s why we need to continue to do all we can to keep the spirit of Remembrance Day alive. As the number of veterans decreases it is more critical than ever that we don’t forget.

I have included a link which I hope works. I is a song and video (about 4 minutes) created by a Canadian man–Terry Kelly who captures the it all–(If there is an ad attached to the video please forgive it, click to move by it and enjoy Terry Kelly)—Jim



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