The Thought for the Day – Emily Brightwell

She’d often observed that people generally lived up to whatever expectations they had of themselves. – Emily Brightwell, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

Emily Brightwell is the pen name of an American writer named Cheryl Lanham, and The Inspector and Mrs Jeffries is the first in a series featuring Mrs Jeffries. In this book, Mrs Jeffries is the maid for the Inspector, a particularly dimwitted sort who only solves crimes because Mrs Jeffries tells him what to do.

“Now, Inspector, you are, of course, going to look into this exciting new clue, correct?”

“Excuse me, sir, the Inspector will attend to that immediately after he attends to this matter, won’t you, Inspector?”

You may have observed today’s Thought in action yourself over the years. How many times have you seen someone with a lousy attitude fail at something? Or succeed at attaining something easy and unsatisfying? On the other hand, how many times have you seen a hard charger get what they set out for? Probably more times than you might think. It happens all the time in our human experience.  

How many times has this person been you? How many times have you reached the expectations you had for yourself? I would venture to say fairly often. If you set your goals high you may well have met them because you knew what you wanted and you had a plan to get there. If your expectations could have been higher, if you settled for less than what your could have been, you met these expectations, too, because it is not difficult to meet low expectations.

In both cases you met the expectations you had for yourself. Us humans do this all the time. It’s the way the world is built. It is important that we expect big things out of ourselves, that we set our goals high, perhaps a bit higher than we think we are capable of going. This is how we advance both as individuals and as a society.

It doesn’t matter what it is either. What’s important to me might be of no particular consequence to you and what drives my neighbor might bore me to tears. All that matters is what you strive for important to you, that you are answering to a calling from deep inside you.

What’s calling you today? What expectations are you prepared to meet today?

The Thought for the Day runs regularly. Quotes are from Gaylon’s personal quotebook – begun in 1988 – and all commentary is original.

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The Daily Dose/May 20, 2017

HERE WE GO AGAIN: Major League Baseball (MLB) executives are talking about farting around the game’s rules again, changes designed to make games go quicker.

As they should. The average MLB game now takes three hours and five minutes to complete, a tedious amount of time to spend watching anything – sporting event, your cute neighbor sunniny sporting event, be it in person or on TV.

Their catch phrase is ‘pace of play” and baseball executives toss it around as if it means something. Don’t kid yourself, it doesn’t. They talk pitch clocks and limiting the number of times a catcher can visit a pitcher and adding a few millimeters to the strike zone but the only way to alter the game on the field to significantly reduce game lengths is to start everyone off with a 3-2 count.

Dry, Technical Matter: This season MLB took the bold step of making intentional walks automatic instead of making pitchers throw four wide ones. With intentional walks running rampant, an average of one every other game, baseball has slashed almost a half-second of their average game times.

It was silly, too, because every now and then you see a team screw an intentional walk up because the pitcher throws the ball to the backstop or close enough to the strike zone for the batter to swing at it.

Let’s Cut To The Chase: The real problem, the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about, is the two-and-a-half minutes between half innings. If MLB executives really want to cut game times to below 12 percent of a day, they must start here.

It’s easy, too, merely cutting  the time between innings from 150 seconds to 90 seconds would cut almost 20 minutes from game times. And i don’t want to hear any whining about lost revenue, either. One, when you make something scarcer, like TV commercial inventory, it becomes more valuable. Two, ads can be added on-screen, during the game. Heck, they might already be for all we know, because we haven’t seen a baseball game on TV in years.

Fly In The Ointment: But good luck getting this to happen. Baseball has never been accused of too much foresight. Recall novel ideas like the designated hitter and interleague play were first introduced in the Dark Ages before 1940. MLB executives will say this and they will say that, but nothing of substance will get done.

GO IN PEACE, SERVE THE LORD: The first ecumenical council of the Christian church opens on this date 325 AD in Nicaea, which is now known as Iznik, Turkey.

Known by History as the First Council of Nicaea, it clarified the divine nature of God the Son, took the reckoning of Easter away from the Jewish calendar and issued the first part of the Nicene Creed, still used in Christian churches around the world.

WHY DIDN’T THEY JUST USE GPS?: The world’s first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, (Theater of the World) is published on this date in 1570 in Antwerp, Belgium by Abraham Ortelius.

Though himself a noted cartographer, Ortelius included none of his own maps, preferring to use the maps of other acknowledged masters. Considering the era, the maps are more accurate than you might think. South America and China are not completely accurate, but the rest of the world looks much like it does today.

No, This Shouldn’t Cause Any Confusion At All: President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act on this date in 1862. The act gave away federal land to any US citizen – there were exceptions to this – who was willing to live, farm and make improvements on the land for five years.

Dry, Technical Matter: All told, the government gave away over 270 million acres of land to 1.6 million homesteaders. The program was ended in 1976, except in Alaska, where it was allowed to continue until 1986 since nobody really wanted to homestead anything there, anyway. 

Great Moments In Thermonuclear War: The first airborne test of the hydrogen bomb is conducted by the United States on this date in 1956, when a hydrogen bomb is dropped over Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. It was the second hydrogen bomb test and a total of 23 tests would be conducted.

Thought For The Day: She’d often observed that people generally lived up to whatever expectations they had of themselves. – Emily Brightwell, The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The Kentucky Derby became a mile-and-a-quarter race in 1896.

Today’s Stumper: When was the last deed under the Homestead Act issued? – Answer next time!

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The Thought for the Day – Eleanor Roosevelt

We should constantly be reminded of what we owe in return for what we have. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, is, among other things, a former first lady of the United States. An active, outspoken woman in an era where women of this sort were rare, she remains a towering figure in American history. 

Today’s thought is particularly relevant in today’s divided America.

Now, America has always been divided, make no mistake about that. Liberty in this country was originally was reserved for white, landowning males, obliging everyone else to fight tooth and nail for every gain.

It is difficult, however, to imagine an America that is more partisan, fractured and bickering than the America we have today. It is a good time to reflect on what we have and what we owe ourselves and our country.

What we have: citizenship in a country where what we get out of life is largely dependent on the work we put into it.

Even those of us who, materially, at least, might not seem to have much in fact have a lot: 24 hours every day to make something good happen for ourselves. Those 24 hours are our most prized possession, the only commodity each of us is issued in equal measure. This provides us with one of life’s great prizes: the opportunity to say “this is what I am today and this, this is what I am going to be tomorrow”, a quote we stole from Louis L’Amour.

What we owe: vigilance in how we are governed. This doesn’t mean steadfast constancy to this political philosophy or that one. It means being a demanding and participating citizen, a citizen that holds its leaders responsible. Let’s be honest, America doesn’t have that right now, because we keep electing leaders that provide the partisan, fractured and bickering government we have now.

We should constantly be reminded of what we owe…

As citizens, we must get involved. We must decide we deserve better and then go and do something about it. We must tell ourselves as a nation we might be this today, but this is what America will be tomorrow.

We have a collective responsibility to do just that. We cannot expect anything more out of ourselves, but we must demand nothing less.

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The Daily Dose – May 17, 2017

Notes from around our Human Experience…

FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!: It is plain that we are not going to get any leadership at all from the Trump Administration. Actually, that has been obvious almost since Day 1.. All we are going to get is four years of Trump jumping from one fiasco to another. After 16 years Bush and Obama – the worst back-to-back presidential leadership this nation has been obliged to endure – America is going to spend the next four years marking time.

USA! USA!: This means four more years of making some zero progress on our country’s biggest issues, issues that if not addressed will spell the end of our nation, probably before this half-century is out. This means four more years of fighting wars not declared by Congress and four more years of high taxes and excess regulation and an economy that still doesn’t work for a lot of people.

We Are Not Being Led, We Are Being Managed, And Not Particularly Well, Either: I don’t think America has been led since Kennedy said let’s go to the moon. Lyndon Johnson could manage the US Senate and become wealthy in the process, but he got bogged down by Vietnam and in trying to have the government do too much, like try to end poverty. Richard Nixon was evil. Ford meant well, and we think History looks favorably on his pardon of Nixon, but he had no chance. The Son of Man himself would have had a tough time following Nixon.

Carter was ineffective. Reagan was brilliant at reducing his presidency to a few things that mattered, but he was the most managed president in history, setting a precedent that festers to this day. George H.W. Bush did not have the skills to parlay a war victory into a second term. Bill Clinton, well, he was the last president to govern without a budget deficit, but it was always one scandal after another with him. George W. Bush had trouble speaking coherently while lying to us in order to get us into wars we are still fighting. Obama tried to be all things to all people, and wanted government to do the same, and made us all buy health insurance when a government has no right to mandate its citizens buy anything at all.

Dry, Technical Matter: And now we have Trump. We can’t really blame him, though because he is just being himself. He was a misfit of a private citizen and an embarrassment as a candidate and none of us should be surprised he is a misfit and an embarrassment of a president. The surprise would have been if Trump had actually turned out to be a leader.

AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis, wins the first Kentucky Derby on this date 1875, Aristides ran the mile-and-a-half in 2:37.

Well, This Should End All Racial Tension In America: The United States Supreme Court on this date in 1954 votes unanimously that separate public schools for whites and blacks are unconstitutional.

Separate Educational Facilities Are Inherently Unequal”: History refers to the case as Brown vs. Board of Education. It stemmed from a 1951 class-action suit by parents of students in Topeka, Kansas. The parents had attempted to enroll their kids in the closest public school, but had been turned down and instead referred to the nearest segregated school. Before reaching the Supreme Court, a Kansas district court had ruled in favor of the Topeka Board of Education.

FunFact: The decision overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson, an 1896 Supreme Court decision that legalized segregated schools.

Dry, Technical Jurisprudence Matter: The Supreme Court decision stated segregated schools violated the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution which states, in part, that no state shall:

…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Get Out Your History Books: David Wells of the New York Yankees pitches a perfect game on this date in 1998, defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Yankee Stadium. It was the 15th perfect game in major league history and the Yankees joined the Cleveland Indians as the only team to have thrown two perfect games, a record that was extended to three by the Yankees and tied by the Chicago White Sox.

The Post Game Show Is Brought To You By Old Style Beer: After the game, Wells would admit to being hung over during the game.

Thought For The Day: We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. – Albert Einstein

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: One man died on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Sgt. Charles Floyd, probably of acute appendicitis, in August, 1804, near Sioux City, Iowa.

Today’s Stumper: When was the distance of the Kentucky Derby changed from a mile-and-a-half to a mile-and-a-quarter? – Answer next time!

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The Thought for the Day – Charles Bukowski

Skid row was disgusting. The life of the sane, average man was dull, worse than death.Charles Bukowski, Ham on Rye

Charles Bukowski was an American poet and writer. We were introduced to Bukowski in 2011 at the Huntington Library in southern California. In the same room as one of eleven Gutenberg Bibles known to exist, was an original manuscript of Ham on Rye. It was open to a page where the main character, who was based on Bukowski, was about to get beaten for the first time by his father.

We stood there and read the passage over and over. We wrote down the title and the author so we wouldn’t forget it. We didn’t need to, though, because  the people that run the Huntington Library are not idiots and it was not the Upset of the Year to find Ham on Rye for sale in the gift shop.

Ham on Rye is one hell of a book, as good as we’ve read, with Bukowski contributing no less than 30 quotes to our personal quotebook, an extraordinarily high number for what is a novel of average length.

Fans of Bukowski are familiar with the theme of today’s Thought, because Bukowski talks a lot about ordinary people leading ordinary lives and Bukowski’s characters spend no small amount of time coming to terms with the mindlessness of everyday life, about the conformity required to get along, much less get ahead.

This is hardly a bulletin. In fact, it is the sum of our human experience since time immemorial. You’re born and you die. In between you pass a life, a life of undetermined length, a life you generally have no idea when it will end.

…dull, worse than death.

Why do some people seem to avoid the life Bukowski talks about, while others appear not to? The difference lies in those who get the most out of the gifts they were issued at birth and those who do not.

A good life awaits those who look deep inside, realize the life they were meant to live and have the courage to go and live that life. It sometimes means going against the grain, even when most people you know might not. People who do this generally look back at lives well-lived  Those who don’t might well be looking back at time squandered.

When in doubt, be yourself. Answer to what summons you from deep inside because we can’t climb Mount Everest if we are aimlessly wandering around the Gobi Desert.

The Thought for the Day runs regularly. Quotes are from Gaylon’s personal quotebook – begun in 1988 – and all commentary is original.

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The Thought for the Day – Chesty Puller

These poor bastards. They’ve got us right where we want them. We can shoot in every direction now. – Chesty Puller

Chesty Puller is the most decorated Marine in United States history. Six times he earned the nation’s second highest award for bravery, five Navy Crosses and one Distinguished Service Cross from the Army.  Revered by his men, Puller was as firm as he was fair. Puller retired a Lieutenant General in 1955 after 37 years of honorable and expert service to his country.

Today’s Thought is our favorite example of optimism, a supreme example of turning something bad – being surrounded by people intent on killing you – into something good – the opportunity to fire wherever you want because you’re probably going to hit someone.

If Puller can find something positive out of being surrounded by the enemy, certainly we can find find something positive out of every day circumstances that don’t go right, circumstances that range from the inconvenient to the annoying to, perhaps, the tragic.

Here’s a good way to that:

First, be open to new things. Plan A often, perhaps even usually, doesn’t work out. Instead of decrying this, be open to the new circumstances awaiting you. With a positive attitude and a bit of ingenuity, it’s rare when what you end up with isn’t better than what you sought.  

Second, trust your instincts.  We talk a lot about this here at the Thought for the Day, usually preceded by the words “follow your heart”.

Our instincts are there for a reason: they are there to show us how to get to where we want to go and unless we are trying something completely out of our element, they are usually pretty trusty.

Third is expect good things to happen! The importance of this cannot be underestimated because to an extent that is astonishing, we usually get what we expect out of this life. Those with lousy attitudes usually have lousy lives because no one is going to accomplish anything of substance when they are grousing about this or that, whining about how others have it better or how someone has it in for them. When whatever they were wasting their time on fails they are the first to say they always knew it would happen, and they will carry this attitude with them to whatever they screw up next.  

On the other hand, those who attempt something – anything, really – with a positive attitude, with a deep-seated belief – usually claimed from past experiences – that, something good is going to happen, generally end up having something good happen. Those who dream big either get big results, or obtain every possible benefit from an experience, one of life’s great prizes. 

Finally, when something good isn’t in the cards, turn it over and make something good happen. There are few circumstances that cannot be turned to advantage.

Plans change? OK, change with them. With a good attitude and an open mind, there is no limit to what you can accomplish. Your first choice of college didn’t want you? Their loss. Go shine someplace you’re wanted. Your employer doesn’t pay that much? OK, identify a job that does pay what you want and put yourself in a position to get it. The examples are endless. Your first book didn’t sell? Go write another one. 

We may never find ourselves surrounded by the enemy, but we can always shoot in every direction. All we have to do is see the opportunities when they present themselves.

The Thought for the Day runs regularly. Quotes are from Gaylon’s personal quotebook – begun in 1988 – and all commentary is original.

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The Daily Dose – May 14, 2017

WE HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS AND WE HAVE SOME BAD NEWS: The good news is Donald Trump has met every expectation we set for his presidency.

Fly In The Ointment: The bad news is those expectations were rock bottom to begin with. As we said during the campaign, Trump was a misfit as a private citizen and he was a disgrace and an embarrassment as a candidate and there was no reason to expect that President Trump would be anything more.

He hasn’t been, of course, succeeding beyond even our low expectations. It is, thankfully, beyond the scope of today’s column to detail every Trump embarrassment, but we have our faves and we’re certain you have yours, too. 

Eureka! We’ve Found The Point To This Column: Today we are going to discuss whether or not President Trump will complete his term. It’s fair to ask this question now, following his dismissal of Dick Comey as FBA Director because a president firing a law enforcement official who is conducting an investigation into the president’s conduct will get concerned citizens thinking of these things.

“I Am Not A Crook.”: On the surface, this whole imbroglio stinks. As further layers are uncovered, as they will be, it may stink even more and based on what we know and love about Trump it is not completely unreasonable to come up with scenarios where Trump has committed impeachable offenses.

This would cause problems because good luck getting a GOP-controlled House of Representatives to impeach one of their own, even a president as divisive as Trump.

Unless, of course, a significant number of Republicans were prepared to ditch their party.We’ve discussed this before here. We thought a Trump defeat last November would spell the end of the GOP. Good riddance. The party of Lincoln has a lot to answer for and its demise is long overdue, but a Trump victory might end up doing the job for us.

Get Out Your History Books: Three times the House of Representatives has impeached a president. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton were both tried and acquitted by the United States Senate while Richard Nixon resigned before the Senate could hold a trial.

The Bottom Line: A president, of course, can fire an FBI director at his discretion, but this whole episode, of course, reminds those of a certain age, like us, of President Nixon’s firing of special prosecutor Archibald Cox, an event History refers to as the Saturday Night Massacre, and we all know that turned out.

GREAT MOMENTS IN WHITE MAN COLONIZING THE NEW WORLD: The first permanent settlement by the English in the New World opens for business on this date in 1607 in Jamestown, Virginia.

It was not the best place to start a colony. The Indians had determined the area was unsuitable for living because it was in a marsh that was home to mosquitoes. The colonists, who lacked a knack for farming anyway, had arrived too late to plant crops and few of them had any concept of the hard work required to make a go of it and within three months 80 percent of the colony had died.

This Won’t Hurt A Bit…Well, Maybe A Little: Edward Jenner, an English doctor, administers mankind’s first vaccine on this date in 1796, injecting an eight-year-old boy with pus from a cowpox blister, to guard against smallpox. Though the boy caught a fever and some general uneasiness, he did not contract smallpox. This was not the first time someone had been inoculated, Jenner himself had been inoculated against smallpox as a boy, but Jenner’s work would lead to mankind’s first vaccine against a disease. Jenner is referred to by some as the Father of Immunology and is generally thought to have saved more lives than anyone else.

Don’t Forget To Write: The Lewis and Clark Expedition, three dozen soldiers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lieutenant William Clark, depart from Camp DuBois near St. Louis to explore the Missouri River on this date in 1804.

Dry, Technical Matter: The Expedition would return to Camp Dubois on September 23, 1806. They received a heroes welcome, however, most people had presumed everyone had died.

This Should Ensure Middle East Peace: Israel is declared an independent state on this date in 1948. Her Arab neighbors immediately welcome Israel to the neighborhood by attacking her, leading to the Arab-Israeli War.

Thought For The Day: The glue of rapport and trust that holds men together during difficult times was being poured and starting to set. – Dr David J Peck, Or Perish in the Attempt: Wilderness Medicine in the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Answer To The Last Trivia Question: The oldest men’s track and field record is the discus record 243 feet, set by East Germany’s Jurgen Schult on June 6, 1986. The oldest women’s record is the 800 meter record of 1:53.28 set by Jarmila Kratochvilova of Czechoslovakia July 26, 1983. 

Today’s Stumper: How many people died on the Lewis and Clark Expedition? – Answer next time!

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The Thought for the Day – Thoreau

If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad of instances and applications? – Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Henry David Thoreau needs no introduction to most, and certainly not to our regular readers. HIs views on reducing your life to its most basic terms, on proceeding confidently in the direction of your dreams, continue to provide valuable lessons on a life well-lived.

Today’s Thought could be considered contradictory by some, because one of the lessons Thoreau teaches, and one preached constantly here at The Thought for the Day, is to follow your hearts and trust your instincts. Your heart will tell you where to go in this life and your instincts will tell you how to get there and the people who make good things happen for themselves in this life do this every day. Not some days or some years. Not every other day or when it’s convenient, but every day.

If we were to follow today’s Thought to the letter, we would have stopped writing years ago. After all, we’ve been writing for many years and our thoroughly familiar with the principle, so why bother to do it every day? Well, because it’s what we were put here to do. To not do it would not be doing anyone any good whatsoever. Us humans must never stop doing what we were meant to be doing.

What today’s Thought refers to are other things that come up during a life, specifically things we should do in small measures because they do not provide a dividend – like being entertained – or aspects of our lives we should wind down because a cycle of our life is ending and it is time to move on to something else.

Our personal example is, again, sports officiating. We did it, very well, for many years but we seldom officiate anymore. We had become about as good as we were going to get and had accomplished all we cared to, and when you’ve come to that point in any experience it is time to consider casting this experience aside. We had come to the end of our interest, were acquainted with the principles officiating taught, and were prepared to do other things.

There comes a time when we’ve withdrawn every possible benefit from an experience. When we’ve done that we should be both grateful and ready to set the experience aside.

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The Thought for the Day – John Wooden

Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden

John Wooden was the basketball coach at UCLA for many years, retiring with ten NCAA championships, still a record for men’s teams, though Geno Auriemma  who coaches the women at the University of Connecticut, has won eleven. We grew up in Los Angeles and still remember UCLA winning a national title or two, and Wooden’s retirement after his last one. We attended his basketball camp a couple of times growing up, his influence on our life has been profound, and forgive us if we feel entitled to call him Coach.

Our last Thought for the Day talked about success being there for anyone with the smarts to formulate a plan for their life and the courage to execute that plan. Success means different things to different people, but Wooden’s definition of success is cuts right to the heart of our human experience.

…knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.

What else is there in this life? We talk a lot about the 24 hours in a day, and are fond of saying they are the only commodity each of is issued in equal measure. The proper utilization of these hours will determine whether we have a life well spent or a life that leaves us wondering if there might not have been something more.

Every day we must ask ourselves if we are we putting our hours to good use or are we squandering them on things that do not produce a dividend? Are we tending to what nature is telling us to do, or are merely being entertained? Are we following our hearts and trusting our instincts, or do we spend our time reacting to outside forces?

The happiest lives are spent by those following their hearts and trusting their instincts because our hearts tell us what we are meant to do with our lives and our instincts tell us how to get there.

It ain’t easy. Everyday there are any number of things to throw us off course, which means we must be diligent in living the life we were meant to lead. We cannot be on our path some days and not others, some months and not others, some years and not others. We must be relentless, on our path every day. It doesn’t really matter what that path is, either. All that matters is that it is yours, a path you were led to by something deep inside you.

When you are doing what you are meant to do with your life, and when you have become your very best at what you were meant to do, success will be there, having patiently waited for your arrival. 

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The Thought for the Day – Franklin Roosevelt

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Some may not be familiar with today’s Thought because it comes from the last paragraph of a speech FDR never delivered, written in Warm Springs, Georgia on April 11, 1945, the day before he died.

Leaders spend an awful lot of time overcoming human nature, in themselves and in those they are leading. Roosevelt’s brilliance lay not so much in his policies but in his ability to combine a variety of factors, not the least of which was his own intuition, to sense what his fellow citizens were thinking and feeling. This meant that when it came time to mobilize America to fight World War II, FDR was in a position to do it.

America mobilized for war in a manner unprecedented in history and it was this outpouring of manpower and production that put America and the Allies in a position to win World War II. The numbers American workers out up from 1940-45 were staggering: 300,000 planes, two million trucks, 107,000 tanks, 5,400 cargo ships, plus equally staggering amounts arms and ammunition.

Would another president have been able America’s talents and resources like FDR did? Perhaps, but I doubt it. FDR knew his fellow citizens and, by and large, they trusted him, allowing FDR to allay their fears and overcome their doubts. Had they not, America and her Allies might not have been successful.

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

What doubts do we have in our personal lives that are preventing us from realizing the tomorrows we deserve? Is it a fear of failure? A fear of success? A sense that it really doesn’t matter or that success is for others?

Nonsense. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is, success is there for anyone smart enough to have a plan for their life and courage to see it through. When we eliminate the doubts of today, we put ourselves in a position to realize our dreams of tomorrow.


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