Life doesn’t always go the way you want it – a fact that all of us are familiar with. In the past few years, my family and I have experienced this in many ways – as we’ve tried to adjust to the various changes that’ve already affected us, with still more to come. I know that my writing career and other plans for the future are already in flux, partly due to what’s happened in the past few years – and that nobody can truly tell what’ll really happen in the future.
But if you think that your own life isn’t exactly a bed of roses – consider the plight of those who are worse off than you, something that the world doesn’t have a shortage of, and not just in the present. Today marks the 75th anniversary of legendary baseball great Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium in New York City, not long after learning that he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease that would end his life just two years later – Gehrig’s speech and the bravery and dignity that he possessed in the last years of his life was an example of grace under pressure, much like other famous personalities who faced difficult situations throughout their lives and careers. I don’t know if all of our country’s founding fathers were calm and collected when they declared the United States’ independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776 – and we may never find out the whole truth, at least in our own lifetimes – but no one can truly deny that they were fighting for a just cause with the same kind of bravery that was displayed by our country’s military in its epic battle with the British armies.
Today, the United States and the rest of the world are facing a wide array of problems that are far more intense and complex than even our country’s fight for independence during the Revolutionary War – and yet, to solve today’s problems, we need to remember and reinforce our core values, and not just as Americans. We also need to remember that in dealing with and solving those problems, it doesn’t hurt to apply the grace under pressure philosophy – if our politicians (as well as those in the rest of the world) solved many of the problems already plaguing us in a rational and sensible fashion, things would approve for the better, including lowering the threat of global warming, reducing gun violence, greatly lessening the actions of global terrorists, radically curbing poverty, and preventing corrupt lobbyists from influencing and disrupting the true purpose of our governments. Otherwise, our country – and the rest of the world – might suffer long-lasting consequences that’ll no doubt affect future generations.
While the idea of grace under pressure isn’t an easy one – but then, many aren’t – it’s still an important one. It was definitely important during every conflict that the United States and the rest of the world has had to face throughout history, including the revolution that not insured America’s independence as a free country, but also its place in history – and it remains important today, even more so, and especially since future generations are counting on us to bring forth a better, if not perfect, world.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.weebly.com), as well as his pages on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-lavernoich/7a/b21/237), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube‘s website (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJz1MX0XKIPm8nSAccTNMjA), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios‘ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488), and his Chameleons, Inc. and Pictures Shop websites via Weebly (Chameleons, Inc. website: http://chameleonsinc.weebly.com; Pictures Shop website: http://jlpicturesshop.weebly.com). Mr. Lavernoich’s current creative projects include writing the script for the comic book limited series The Janus Terror.
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