Develop your talents

It’s easy to get caught up in the world’s focus—money, power (position), hedonism—and to think they are what matters. Not so. Develop your talents—whether they are personal skills like encouraging, listening, leading or your physical skills like painting, writing, performing. Whether you are a gifted gardener, talented talker or selfless servant, do what you do best. Give 100%. Overcome your self by focusing outside yourself—develop your self to serve others and you will achieve the ultimate.
–2006 from the Old Sourdough

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Ego

It was nothing new. It happened every day. There it was, his ego. He was so entangled with his ego that he wrestled it constantly. From the opening bell till nightfall he knew his chances were slim. His ego nearly always won because it demanded its way…and he knew he didn’t have much of a chance to conquer it. The Old Sourdough

American–Endangered Species (final of serial)

RICH AMERICAN

The rich American is an international symbol of peace and love… He listens spell-bound in the Holy Land as a Jew tells of the Birth of Christ; and he offers his hand in thanks and understanding. He wheels along I-5, walking through the gears in his KW, trailing a set of doubles and a load of canned goods. She cheers her team in their battle on the gridiron. He walks his beat with humility and a desire to serve his community. He shoulders his pack and leads his group yet deeper into the wilderness mountains along crystal streams. She works the diner from eight to five and joyfully greets each customer.

The Rich American is eternal. He has discovered the key to life, happiness and freedom. His life bespeaks the joys of living and his life is a beacon to his fellows. He knows that those who can, do, and those who can’t, talk. His life is a reflection of the words “and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

THE NEW AMERICAN April 2008, thirty years later… Can we save America? Is it too late to re-instill the foundational principles that made her great? America is still the light on the hill, a beacon to the lost and hopeless. What can we do to help them? How can we share our joyous pre-adult memories with those who follow? How can we enable them to reach their full potential in a better America? Each of us has a stake in this dream. What will we do?