Decisions We Make

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure. – Earl Wilson

I know better, but I don’t do better. I know I should write more. I know I should blog more. I know I should exercise more. I know I should work on myself more. But I don’t.

So I have to ask myself why, why don’t I improve myself more? I have a million excuses but absolutely no valid reason. The bottom line, and the main explanation is: I do not have a strong enough desire to excel. And desire is everything. Desire is the foundation for all success. Desire is the very foundation of success. Desire is what gets us out of bed in the morning. Desire is the basic element which creates our life and the way we live life.

Success can be measured in many ways, and means different things to each individual, me included. As I look back on my life I see many successes, I also see many failures, but what stands out the most are the number of missed opportunities I had. And I had a lot of them.

One such opportunity happened in the early 1970’s. I had the opportunity to buy a Mooney aircraft for under $10,000. Now today that may not sound like much money, especially for a Mooney, but in the 70’s, earning only $600 a month, it was a lot of money. Still I could have made it work if I only had the desire to do so. I didn’t and that decision still haunts me to this day.

So what is the big deal you ask. It’s simple, the decisions we make today will affect, not may affect, will affect our life tomorrow. How much different my life would have been if I had made that purchase. So many things would have been different. My life would have different. I will never know because the path I chose sent me to where I am today. Still I wonder.

Am I unhappy today? No. But I did miss an opportunity to be better. I cheated myself out of what may have been something special. Or I could have died in an aircraft accident. The key point is: I don’t know because we don’t know what the future brings.

I failed to connect the dots of the past and that changed my future. For the good or for the bad? I don’t know and never will. That said, and because this blog is about politics and self-improvement, I have been able to connect some dots about the 2020 election and the future of this country.

As a country we are at a cross-road and make no mistake the path we chose will either keep us as a country or destroy us as a country. Looking at the tea leaves, connecting the dots, and understanding human nature I know which path is which and where each path will lead us. How do I know? Past experience. I’m not going to get into details as to why I believe this, not in this edition, but rather I am going to stay with generalities and basic thoughts.

I make no bones about being a conservative. I use to be a Republican but the Republican party threw me under the bus when Mitt Romney didn’t fight for us. In fact he still fights against us, the common man, because he is a creature of the swamp. As are many other career politicians. Which is why I became an Independent. A conservative independent.

I can’t tell someone how to vote, I can recommend, I can try to persuade, I can do a lot writing, but the bottom line is you and you alone must determine your future. The problem is when you determine the future with your vote you are determining mine and the same is true with my vote, I determine your future. It is a two-edge sword and one we have lived with since the beginning of our country.

The difference between the past and now is the hate involved. There is no more civility, no more common ground, no more peace in our land. No, we will be the savior or the destructor of our future depending upon this vote. That is how critical the vote is this election cycle.

It is up to you, up to me, to determine our future. And what is that future? Well that is something you need to discover for yourself. Me I choose freedom and prosperity over doom and despair. My question to you is how do you define these two concepts.

In closing let me ask you another question: Are you voting against a personality type, or voting against policies? Do you even know what the policies of the last four years are? If not, I highly recommend you find out.


About GP McClure

I am a technical writer with over 30 years of writing experience in a variety of subjects and topics, covering a wide range of industries, but specializing in aviation. I have lived in the San Diego California area since 1972 for the most part but spent some years in Japan and Alaska, thanks to the United States Navy. I retired from the Navy in 1992, having served 20 years of active duty in the aviation field.
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