Habits of a Nation, Being All That We Can Be

Habits of a Nation, Being All That We Can Be

We are living in a time where “being all that you can be” is the norm. Our personal habits and thoughts are being displayed in our political choices. I can’t help but believe there is a group recording and analyzing our choices and habits. I’m deeply concerned over what this organization may see, not with their eyes, but in the patterns and habits, we’re showing as a nation. Are the patterns predictable? Where are we headed as a people?

We have encountered politicians who have taken over elections and moved into the white house without a clear understanding of who really won the election.  We have encountered political races where both parties have gone outside the lines to foreign countries for “meetings.”  We have experienced fake news and the results of such news.

We have lived through our first black president, but not without serious internal and non-verbal conflict. Before that, we encountered a president who engaged us in war. After that, another president was almost impeached and clouded by scandal.  After him, the son of a president became president and finished the war!  Even now we have our first billionaire president who is surrounded by controversy.  We’ve seen a first lady turn Congresswoman and then make two serious efforts to become Commander-in-Chief. No doubt we’ve seen sexism alone the way.  Who we put into office has a lot to say about who we are as a nation. Continue below . . .

During all this time, we have seen the highs and lows of wall street, greed, the Internet bust and the disharmony between the police and minority youth. We’ve seen the discord within and between religions. But most of all we’ve seen the depth of hatred for our country by the implementation of 9/11.  Did they have help?  Who knows?

What we do know is more and more people are striving to be “all that they can be.”  People have choices and sometimes those choices are considered to be poor choices. The IRS reports there are more new millionaires than ever before in the history of taxation.  The Internet alone is responsible for a good number of these new millionaires, and for most of these new millionaires, the choice to make more money is a good choice.

Democracy encourages us to be all that we can be.  In most cases, this is a good thing, yet I can’t help but wonder what our habits say about us?  Russia is new at this democracy thing, are we teaching Russia bad habits, or are they creating their own bad habits?  Are we satisfied to bend the rules, just so we can be all that we can be? Do we follow the “Rule of Three” to know if we’ve created a pattern?

What kind of patterns or habits have you created in your life?  Only after you admit to your habits and patterns can you begin to change them.

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