Archive for January, 2013

Today we live in a time where it doesn’t really feel as if there are very many real threats to our day to day living here in America.  We can go to the store, go to a movie, drive through states and never worry much at all.  We really live in a time in history that is very low in the savage category.  It wasn’t long ago in history, and some present day situations, that you can read about people that feared for their lives everyday.  As Americans we are raised to be kind of wimpy tax payers.  Its almost like we don’t have that in ate desire to be the best anymore.  

 

A few years back I heard a speaker at an event we went to, talk about the Cycle of the Body Politic.  I had no idea what he was talking about. He then showed us an overhead.  He said that history repeats itself when people don’t learn from it.  I was blown away.  That talk changed my thinking forever.  I, like most Americans, never thought much about it.  I figured my life would be me trying to just make it.  To my surprise, my life can be whatever I want it to be.  I felt like it was a matrix moment.  One of those things that once you learn it you cant unlearn it.  

I left that weekend worried.  I heard about this progression that societies go through and how it keeps cycling.  To my excitement I was told that sometimes in history people actually were able to turn the dial back and preserve their freedom.  Ronald Reagan said that we are only one generation from losing Freedom at any point.

I have attached the chart that I was talking about earlier.  It is pretty crazy as you look at it.  I did an article recently asking people what they thought the biggest problem Americans face today and their were many great answers.  Let me tell a story that may help explain what I think Americans face as a huge issue. 

A young man walks up to someone on the street and says ” excuse me, what do you think the biggest problem our generation faces?”  The man looks down at the young boy and replies,”I don’t know and I don’t care.”

I believe that Apathy is the problem of our time.  It is so sad to see the greatest nation in history get lazy and not defend the freedoms that we have enjoyed for so long.  

I also think that the problems that we don’t know about are larger than we can even comprehend.  I encourage you to dig in and start learning about the freedom that you currently have so that you can defend it if need be.  Its much easier to keep your rights that to ever get them back once they are gone.  I think we are moving our way to Fear and maybe further.  

Lets do our best to keep Freedom for the next generation.

 

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Thanks for reading,

 

Steve Morgan

Some great friends of ours just got back from a FREE trip to Jamaica.  They earned it through the LIFE company.  We are super proud of them for earning this trip through getting a team to work together.  The Founders of LIFE (Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Bill Lewis, Tim Marks, Claude Hamilton, George Guzzardo, and Dan Hawkins) decided to put a free trip incentive out there for people early on in the business, knowing that most people haven’t been on a great trip ever, or in a long time.  Along with these trips they have also added One Time Cash Awards that just got increased significantly.  The LIFE company specializes in selling materials (cds,books. & association) to help people produce more fruit in the areas of their life that they want to get better.  Its so cool to showcase a couple like the Cox’s because you only earn a trip like this if you help others get better and make money.

I did a short interview with them and thought I would share it with you here on the blog.

Steve: How long was your trip and where did you go?

Frankie: Our trip was 5 days/4 nights. We went to Sandals Resort in Negril, Jamaica. What a gorgeous resort!

Steve:  Have you ever been sent on a free trip ever before? If not did you have a hesitation to how good a free trip could be?

Frankie: We had never been on a free trip before! We were a little nervous at first. To our amazement, it was not only seamless, but truly remarkable. The travel agency set everything up…flight, hotel, etc. We just told them when we wanted to leave, and what part of the island that we preferred! Our travel agent was very professional, friendly, and responsive. 
Steve: Can you describe the resort and the quality level?

Frankie:  The resort was first class. When we arrived at the resort, the first thing that they told us is to relax…and they would take care of everything. When we got out of the shuttle, they handed us a bottle of water and a cold rag. I tried to grab my bags, and they insisted that we did not need to carry anything. Amazing customer service.

Once inside of the resort, we met with our concierge to give us a tour and an agenda of available festivities. If you needed anything during your stay, all you had to do is call. They would set up everything (snorkeling, scuba diving, skiing, surfing, kayaking, etc.)

The beautiful white beaches were cleaned every day (not even a leaf was permitted to lie on the ground), and racked. All of the walk-ways were pressure washed/cleaned nightly. They had a group called the “Playmakers” that put on daily events…you could participate or not…no pressure. The restaurants were excellent.
Steve: Kortney can you explain how you liked the trip?

Kortney: Our trip to Jamaica was INCREDIBLE!!  We had such a great time and the resort was beautiful!  The view from our room was the crystal clear water and beautiful palm trees. Dinner on the beach listening to the sound of water and Jamaican metal drums was something I had envisioned for a long time.  It was better than I ever imagined!

For months Frankie talked about jumping off this silly cliff in Jamaica called Ricks Café!  I told him he was crazy for even having the thought until I got down there and decided we might as well do something crazy together so we BOTH jumped!  I was terrified but conquered my fear and it was SO worth it!! MASSIVE bruise and all!!

Video of Frankie jumping 30 feet into water: Click Here

Video of Kortney Jumping 20 feet into water: Click Here

Jamaica Trip

Jamaica Trip

Sandals

Sandals

Steve: Frankie coming from the corporate scene, how was it to just get away and have the phones off for the whole time?

Frankie: Refreshing! I felt totally rejuvenated! It gave us to time to “Think” about the future, and how valuable (blessed) it really is to take time to “sharpen” your sword. You really don’t realize how much time you have until you get away from the hustle of the daily grind. It felt like time had just stood still at moments. 
Steve: F&K:  what was your favorite part?

Kortney:It is so hard to pick my favorite part of this amazing vacation because the entire stay was so perfect!  Just having time to spend with Frankie without daily life distractions was my most favorite part.  It was just Frankie and I, palm trees, beautiful beaches, amazing food, snorkeling, some one-on-one basketball (which I won) and doing whatever whenever we wanted for 5 days!!  YA-MON’

Frankie:My favorite part was being able to spend a week with my wife without any distractions. I also enjoyed marveling at God’s creation on a daily basis. The views, and experience is something that I will never forget. There were times when I felt like “pinching” myself to make sure that it was true. I felt so grateful! It also charged me up to get ready to run for the next goal….we are going to Hawaii next!!!

This couple is a great example of 2 people reaching for excellence in their lives.  Just like Beth and I, they aren’t perfect but I have seen them grow and change to become better everyday.  We have been blessed to have them come into our lives and can call them friends.

Congrats Frankie and Kortney Cox on your success and to leading a great team of people.

Here’s to more FREE vacations,

Steve Morgan