Every Sunday, I like to move away from specific health advice and talk about a “big idea” that’s been on my mind.
Today I want to talk about how personal responsibility has been erased from our culture.
One of the things I learned very quickly growing up in a family that was pretty much “dirt poor”, was personal responsibility.
If I wanted something, I had to earn it.
When I wanted a new Schwinn Sting-Ray at the age of 10, my Dad was quite adamant that he wasn’t forking over the money for it.
I had to save up for it myself.
So I did everything possible to make this happen.
Mowing lawns, raking leaves, shoveling snow…
I was a one man show hitting up every person I knew to try and get their business.
It wasn’t easy.
But eventually I did it. And eventually I was a proud owner of a shiny red Schwinn.
And all this was in addition to my normal chores that I had to do every day on the farm…
Including rolling out of bed at 4 AM everyday to help dad milk the cows…
It was brutal.
But in the end, I’m glad I did it.
Because it taught me a very valuable lesson about being responsible for my own life.
It taught me that I was the only one that truly has control over my life.
Sadly, this idea has evaporated from our culture.
And it’s been replaced with the idea that someone else owes us something.
Or that our lot in life is someone else’s fault.
That’s a bunch of B.S.
And I’ll argue against that to my death.
JFK famously said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”
Can you imagine a democrat saying that today?
They’d be burned at the stake!
Now it’s just a battle of who can give away more “free” stuff.
Hillary is trekking across the country promising free handouts to every single demographic that feels slighted…
It’s scary to see.
And I fear for where our country is headed.
Everybody wants the fruits of their labor, but nobody wants to work for it.
I don’t know where things go from here, but I pray that our American values start to shine through in the coming years.
And we get back to being people that pave our own way.
A resurgence of personal responsibility like we saw with the Greatest Generation would really do wonders for this country.
I hope to see that.
Alright, that’s all from me for today…
Enjoy your Sunday.
– Jeff Reagan
Founder, Patriot Health Alliance