Monday, January 28, 2013

Canadian Caper

Sometimes we have events that don't seem like anything important at the time....until later.  For example, 29 years ago today President Ronald Reagan announced that he would seek re-election.  Looking back, we realize that he was a very good president and many believe his wisdom could help our economically troubled country now.  It's easy to look back and remember things as being simpler, easier.  But I remember when President Reagan warned us that we would all have to make some sacrifices in order to achieve a more economically prosperous time.  He gave us a time-frame and at the end of that time he asked us to reflect on whether or not we were better off than we were before his presidency. It should be that way with every presidency, every governorship, every parent, every person.  Did we make  improvements?  Did we work hard?  Did we make a positive difference in the lives of others?  Are we willing to sacrifice to help others?

In 1980, 33 years ago today, there were six Americans being held hostage in Iran who escaped because there were people who were willing to make a sacrifice, willing to do something difficult in order to make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of their families.  Thank you to the Canadians who saved their lives.  Thank you to people who were willing to issue Canadian passports to US citizens because lives are more valuable than rules/laws.  This real life drama,known as the "Canadian Caper," was recently the subject of a 2012 film, "Argo."

My point is that a simpler time is now.  We can make lives better through simple acts of kindness and love.  We can simply be courageous in doing what is right. 

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