The future

Are we spending more time earning money than we spend with our children? Settling for comfort today may have unforeseen consequences.  Are we sacrificing the future legacy of America only to live in comfort today? Where do we draw the line between responsibility and neglect? By giving away such a large portion of our time for money, are we neglecting our responsibilities as both parents and Americans?

I was inspired to write this post after watching the movie “Rise of the Guardians”. It was a wonderful animated film created by Dreamworks. I really like movies that inspire us. The ones that have the  ability to really impact our lives. Some more than others, but it seems to me, the movies being marketed to kids that have come out recently are right on track.  “Rise of the Guardians” was inspiring to me because of how it teaches the massively important  impact that our beliefs carry over into everything, everyday. Our beliefs are the very foundation, the structure that permeates throughout our entire lives.  Just as in construction, if the foundation we have constructed doesn’t have the concrete mixed and set just right, after we build our house on it, may be set up to fail from the slightest storm that happens to roll past.  America is at an extremely pivotal point in it’s history, a point where change is the only hope we have to maintain it’s legacy.

This is the very reason I believe the founding fathers of America were such voracious readers and independent thinkers. Now, they didn’t have everything perfected, and we never will either, but we can do our best with the information we have available.  Our culture is an embarrassment to the very philosophy (foundation) of the country we represent. WE SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED!

The reason America is failing isn’t because of the economy, it’s not because of the government, we cannot really even blame ourselves. Most of us were born into a broken system, we had no choice, until now. We have been led  into adulthood with an industrial age “conveyor belt” style education implemented with a factory type mentality.  Which surly could not have sustained America forever. This did work for several generations during the industrial age, but that age is dead and gone. We are now in the information age We do, however, now carry the burden of responsibility to guard the future of this country and its prosperity for our children and grandchildren.

We the adults are the present and the youth of America is it’s future. Just like in any organization, it can and will only be as good as those who inhabit it. In order to maintain the legacy of the true American ideal,  things must change, we must change. With suicide, divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, war, famine, homelessness, starvation, and neglected children becoming commonplace, its obvious that our culture is broken. We are struggling to produce similar financial results as our grandfathers had done through a hard work ethic just a generation ago. How is this possible?   With both spouses needing to be in the workforce, we have a whole new set of challenges. The current culture we, as Americans embody, tends to value things, money and comfort much more than we do our collective legacy. In this process we are unfortunately neglecting the our children, they very future of this nation.  We are allowing others to educate them with ideas which are out-dated and not as important as the government, and many people make them out to be.  Don’t get me wrong here, there are many great things that teachers do. The teachers are great, and are doing a wonderful job improving those kids lives. They are caught in the middle. I feel the issue is more about how teachers are being utilized. It worries me that the public education system seems to have turned into a type of public daycare. Where parents simply drop the kids off and go to work to serve the ideals of the industrial age. why is this?  What is the problem?

It’s us. Each and every individual American is the problem. We do have an impact. Right now main-stream America (the status quo) is heading in the wrong direction. The problem is being caused by our “industrial-age” thinking. The beliefs we carry day-to-day will  either make us or break us, both as individuals and collectively as a nation. If we look at the cultural challenges that we are currently facing, I’m inclined to say, it seems as if they are breaking us.

In my opinion, it’s only because we’ve been given such a firm foundation to stand on as a country, that we are even still standing. We have been blessed beyond our wildest imaginations. We can’t keep letting this country slide into decline.  I fear if we don’t do something, our children, and grandchildren may not be able to resurrect the dead America.

Can we turn this country around?

-How can I help I’m only one person?
-It’s gone too far, there’s nothing we can do.

I hear these responses way too often.

So I’m going to say it right here and right now.
We, all Americans, are the problem. We as Americans need to re-ignite a culture of excellence and create a new revolution. Not a revolution of force, but one which will perpetuate freedom.

Everyone will not have the guts to stand up for what is right. But I will.

Everyone will not be willing to delay their gratification. But I will.

Everyone will not be willing to change themselves. But I will.

Everyone will not be willing to sacrifice their time to help others. But I will.

Everyone will not be willing to fight against the status quo. But I will.

America will most certainly not be fixed overnight. It will be fixed by a small group of men and women who are committed to live their lives based on timeless principles set forth by the founders of this great country. These people will, over a period of generations, will pass down these principles as the legacy they were meant to be. What I’m really getting to here, is that if we see things that we don’t agree with we must never give up trying to improve them.  We must continue to fight for what is right, no matter what, no matter who agrees with us, no matter how long it takes.  There will be no real “change” unless we all make an active effort on implementing the changes.  As long as we know why we are changing, we are the only obstacle.

It’s east to say “yea, yea I get it”, and you might, but are you willing to prove it?  Each one of us has a massive impact on the people around us everyday. So big in fact, that we may not realize the magnitude. If we lead by example I know we can change.  Everyone may not study like the founding fathers, but those of us who do will have a great impact on those around us. Hopefully we can inspire them to make positive changes in their lives, which will have a rippling effect that, very well could carry on forever.  It is not going to be an easy road ahead for many Americans  but I challenge you to become a veracious reader and independent thinker like the founding fathers,  by living your life by the principles that can be learn from history, and the greatest teachers and authors of out time. For these are the only people that have made, and will continue to make this country great. We must realize that, If we
really desire change, we must be the change we wish to see in our world.  We need to shed our dependence upon others to teach us, by disciplining our selves to lead a self-directed education. We need to shed our dependence on our government, for they are drastically exceeding their bounds, according to the limitations set forth in the founding documents.

Those of us who are involved with the LIFE business intend to breathe life back into our dying country by recreating the culture, and by living out these principles everyday. We lead by example everywhere we go. If you don’t like what is going on in our country today; DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Stop complaining and take action. If you aren’t willing to do something about it, then you have no right to complain about what is going on. Actions speak louder than words.  Its going to take more than an opinion to make this change happen. All of us need to take action, well at least 10% of us. Are you a ten percenter? If so this is where the real movement is, so get up to speed! Mainstream politics are no longer serving the people. We are the grassroots American revolution of the information age. We have no political party affiliation other than we love America and want it to stay and be reborn! We need your help. We need a Leadershift. Will you play your part?

God Bless,

John R Oliva

I encourage a change in your habits toward living out the priorities you would like to lead, not those for which you only have the means. Real change is coming. I hope you will be ready. There is and amazing book being released on April 16th by Oliver DeMille and Orrin Woodward called “Leadershift”. This book will be a landmark in the future evolution of our country.

Here is a site where you can learn about the book: http://tenpercentleadershift.com/

You can read the first four chapters here: http://tinyurl.com/10-LS-preview

You can pre-order your copy here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/leadershift-orrin-woodward/1113517374

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ENJOY!

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