"Sea to Shining Sea" by Lou Stovall

The following is by Dean Alfange (December 2, 1899 – October 27, 1989)

It is my right to be uncommon – if I can.

I seek opportunity – not security.  I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole.  I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout.  I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

© R. Grabowski (all rights reserved)

**I am taking Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace” class, and he highlighted this quote in his workbook.  It has been reeling through my mind ever since.  I don’t think any more needs to be said.  You read it, take what you will from it – go make yourself proud of what you have done.