When I make out my annual Christmas card list, it shocks me how many of my oldest relationship have, well, stalled. Some have passed on, some have just moved on. Some I have just flat forgotten about. Shame on me.
This past year worldwide and community instability has left many families grieving. It seems the news is filled with anxiety, social and political upheaval and strange weather too. Here in Escondido, and especially in the Country Club area where I live, we have become weary of fighting to save our neighborhood from a hijacker bent on deconstructing the face of our community.
But like the old friends in The Big Chill, we have rediscovered our bonds, our discomfort actually bringing us closer. And like the characters in the film, we Country Club neighbors may be guilty of neglecting the relationship with our beloved community centerpiece.
Perhaps we took The Club for granted. We took a Big Chilli Dip.
If we had showed our Club a little more love and attention, maybe it's premature death wouldn't have happened. As we beat ourselves up with guilt, it is important to learn some lessons. Most importantly, how lucky we are to live in what I often refer to as 'Our Little Corner of Paradise.'
In the big picture we live in the greatest country on Earth and have the most incredible history of helping those who are less fortunate to make their lives better. We must constantly remind ourselves and our children, that it has been this country and Americans who lead the way to Freedom, that are the first respond to natural disasters worldwide. It is our legacy to be the Shining Light of Liberty for all of Mankind. It's easy to get caught up in our local world and lose sight of the bigger picture.
But as my neighbors have shown these past few years, home is worth fighting for.
It is God's work to stand up for our Community, to stand up for our Country and to stand up for Freedom and Justice. Thank you Escondido for standing with us in the Country Club Community. Thank You San Diego for being America's Finest City, thank all of my Escondido Country Club neighbors and Merry Christmas to you and yours,
And God Bless America on Christmas Eve, 2015….