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"Independence Day - Justice For All..."

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Written by Pat Curran

Posted on 17 January 2018

Last Updated 17 January 2018

DESTINATION TOUGHMAN: 69 Days Until Race Day

 

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

 

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me

I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door!”

 

Except from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus

To hear more about what the Statue of Liberty means to others, click here

 

 

Independence Day is a time when we celebrate the birth of our nation. During most years, I think of Washington, the Revolutionary War, and the sacrifice of our Founding Fathers. But this year, I feel compelled to ask, “What is it that keeps us together as a nation?” With all of us from different social, ethnic, cultural, and economic classes, what is it that makes this idea called “America” work? I think the answer can be found in no better place than at the Statue of Liberty.

 

The Statue of Liberty, also known as the “Mother of Exiles,” stands proudly in New York Harbor, welcoming all peace-loving immigrants who have a dream, seek to escape persecution, or wish to start something new. It is not a statue of a conquerer, but of a “mighty woman,” wearing a crown on her head, broken shackles on her ankles, and holding the light of liberty for all of the world to see.   In her left hand, she grasps a tablet with the roman numerals of July 4, 1776, marking the date when our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to bring the vision of America to life.

 

Her call for liberty reminds us that no monicachy, government, religious or social system should ever replace the rights given to us by our Creator that include: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. From my own perspective, I look at the Statue of Liberty with great reverence, thinking of how we are made of the rock that the rulers of other nations somehow rejected. Because of our way of being, ordinary people are free to do extraordinary things. It’s the belief in common sense and the American Dream that fuels our optimism, especially when we see those who start with far less achieve much more.

 

We must remember to teach our youth about the story of our independence and our personal quest to expand individual liberty to those who seek it. A lot has been accomplished and much more needs to be done. As long as each generation does its part, the Statue of Liberty will continue to be a story about us: Always striving to be better and forever welcoming to those who yearn to be free.      

 

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Until next week...

 

God Bless,

--Pat

 

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Letters From Your Father –

Belief # 4: Justice For All…

 

 

“America should be free ground! All of it.   Not divided by a line of slave states and free, all the way from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow, no man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was. Here you can be something. Here is the place to build a home.

But it's not the land. There's always more land. It's the idea that we all have value, you and me. What we're fighting for, in the end...  

We're fighting for each other.”

--Jeff Daniels playing “Colonel Joshua Chamberlain” in the movie “Gettysburg”:

To watch how the battle ends, click here

 

Dear Girls:

 

This week’s belief is threaded in nearly all of my writing. It’s the belief in “justice for all,” and is the passion that fuels much of what I stand for. For example, if you give me a challenging, real-world problem, I will analyze it from multiple perspectives and come up with several options to evaluate. But then, after all of the analytical rigor, I purposefully calm my mind and ask one final question: Now knowing what I know, what is the right thing to do?

 

Asking myself what is the “right thing” rather than the “most beneficial thing” to do usually leads to the same conclusion. But sometimes it does not because the call for justice overrides my desire to satisfy my immediate self-interest. Why you might ask? It’s because I know life here is a temporary assignment. My faith tells me that God sometimes needs us to go in a different direction than we originally plan. When I see the gap between the “right thing” and the “most beneficial thing,” I feel obligated to do what’s right, even if it seems like a short-term loss.

 

Here is the more interesting point. I am not alone in feeling this way. Actually, my experience is that most Americas are guided by the same values. Sure, you will run into those who are petty and those who cannot see beyond their self-interest, but there are many more who will do the right thing as a matter of principle. At our core, it’s this sense of “justice for all” that makes America an exceptional nation.

 

Make no mistake about it. The desire for justice is the force that moves the people of this nation. It shapes our response to tragedy, our political debates, even how we can justify acts of war. It compels us to do good for others even at risk of our own wealth, lives, and dreams. The call for justice is what allows America to progress toward the vision created by our Founding Fathers and challenges us to make a more perfect union for the next generation.

At the end of the day, my advice to you is this: Follow your heart and work to bring justice to the world around you. This is one of the purposes God has created us for.

 

Love You Forever,

--Dad

 

 

 

This Week in Training:

 

After 4 full weeks of training, I am taking inventory. The positive side is that I have only missed 2 workouts during the entire period. Given the balancing act of managing family, work, and the training (distant 3rd place), that’s pretty good. Nutrition planning seems to continue to go well given the continued weight loss without much sacrifice. The challenge ahead is that I still have problems with my right hip where I’m short of where I want to be during the run. The longest run workout required of me up to this point was 80 minutes. I am only up to 65 minutes until I need to walk. My planned run time for 13.1 mile leg of the race is 2hrs 15min. For the road ahead, I will try to continue with the 3 pillars of consistency, patience, and being frictionless. My belief is that this approach will allow me to continue to grow through the gap.

 

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

 

Monday: Swim 10 x 100m; 4 x 800m Hills

Tuesday: Brick Workout – Bike 75 min, Run 60 min, 10 Chin-ups/50 Pushups

Wednesday: Swim 8 x 200m; Bike 1.5 hrs

Thursday: Core Strength Training, Long Stretch, Foam Roller Routine

Friday: Bike 2.5 hours

Saturday: Run 90 min

Sunday: Stretch, 3 mile Bike w/Girls

 

 

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