Three Times Round the Zodiac

It has been a more memorable birthday than most years. A lot of cake. The company of family and friends; filled with deeper conversations as many of us stand at various junctions, some at work, and others, life.
It is fitting then, for a time of reflection: how God has led me to this point where I stand, and the leading in my heart for what lies ahead.
I am smitten by <a href="">JFK's inaugural address</a> where he said,
<blockquote><p>Now the trumpet summons us again&#8212;not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are &mdash; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"&mdash; a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.</p>
<p>Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?</p></blockquote>
I have been blessed these past few years to work with colleagues who have placed country before self, and I have learned that this struggle JFK talks about isn't a battle we can rush into foolhardily. The underlying issues are often complex and interconnected; and decisions need to be handled with utmost humility and reverence – almost fear – because the ramifications of hubris are too devastating to fathom.
For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to write and teach. I've always told myself that some day I'd finally decide that I've learned enough to impart something of worth to young people. It's been a while, and I feel that the time perhaps has come.

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