Concern

All over the world, people are concerned about what is happening, to us, to the environment, to our future. Here I quote from an article on Substack: by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

The United States of America is and always has been an idea more than a place. Yes, we are rooted in our past, but just as importantly, America is about the dreams of our future. I have borne witness to too much heroism and courage to not celebrate what this nation has been and can be in the future. I have seen it in battles in far-off wars and marches in our streets, on picket lines and in courthouses, in classrooms and community centers, in mass movements and quiet defiance.

How dare the craven cynical actors who seek to destroy the heart of American democracy take away our pride. They will not define America for me, just as their predecessors did not define it for those who fought to make this nation better. The battles ahead will not be easy, but neither was the fight for justice in the past. Entrenched power is never easily overcome.”

An Idea More than a Place….

Let’s think about that for a moment. When ideological presidents such as Kennedy, or Lincoln spoke, they sometimes seemed to drift off into abstract concepts that might have been open to interpretation:

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.

John F. Kennedy

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms,
it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Our current president, Joe Biden has his own share of quotes. Since he is a guy who often speaks off the cuff and with emotion, he is sometimes ridiculed for what he says, but here is one that resonates with me:

“Don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.”

Joe Biden

So, I have been struggling for a while about creating a more explicit niche for The Halleson Post, as I’m sort of running out of steam in writing for it. After reading Chris Croft’s excellent Project Management QuickStart Guide, I believe I have found the answer and an approach to my dilemma. What I’m thinking about will incorporate all three of the presidential quotes mentioned here. So stay tuned. The first of the new Halleson Posts will introduce The Gordian Knot, and then I’ll take it from there.

I’m excited!

... and what do YOU think about this?