I’m reflecting on the Fourth of July holiday. Today there is so much division and angst in this country and unfortunately, no one on either side of the aisle wants to repair the divide. I’m concerned about us and what this demonstrates to family, businesses, and our collective community culture. Moving forward how do we regain the shared vision of what Reagan saw - a “city on the hill”?
I remember when I used to play for the kid’s choir at church. One of their favorite songs had to do with building a strong foundation. A house built on sand won’t last. The great thing about America is we are a nation built on rock - solid in our convictions, values and at the end of the day, most of us will be able to care and love those who are completely opposite in their convictions and thinking. It’s like fighting over which path to take … the more scenic or the faster route - both will get us there perhaps just not in the way we thought.
Looking back in history, at the civil war in the 1860’s … on the civil unrest of the 1960’s … wars, depressions, tragedies … we’ve been through a lot as a nation. I’m optimistic that all will be good. The Fourth of July to me represents the coming together of mavericks, pioneers, cowboys … to create something better than they left behind. As we, Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, our small communities, our state, our families and friends - move forward … doing so with confidence in our convictions, focusing on our goals and caring for each other throughout times of change -- we will be more than fine. We will succeed.
Bottom line, we need to spread the love. All will be good.