Nate's Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. This week and every week we have the opportunity to learn from the past and carry that knowledge and understanding into the future and share it with others. This past week was one like no other. The events of the Boston Marathon Bombing have made many of us feel many emotions: Sadness, Anger, Hurt, Sorrow, and Insecurity. These, along with many others, are normal and understandable feelings.

I do not believe there is an answer, or justifiable reason, or any sense of human understanding that would lead me to comprehend what happened. I believe that justice will be done. I believe that we need to help the injured and work relentlessly on making sure this does not happen again. I believe we need to be who we are: Caring, Compassionate, Selfless, and Giving. What can each of us do, in our own way, to make this situation better?

We each must answer that for ourselves, but there is an answer for each of us. I honestly believe this was a situation that will change us. I hope for the better. We need to be thankful for all those that helped make this time a little easier. We need to be thankful for all the Police, Fire, EMS, National Guard, Volunteers, Doctors and Nurses, and ordinary everyday citizens that acted heroically in a time of crises. Grieving will continue and healing will occur.

Let us not forget, but remember. Let us work to bring together rather than divide. Let us love rather than loath. This week work to find the answer to the question: What can each of us do to make this situation better? Let's make this the best week of the year!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER... 

America the Beautiful By: Katharine Lee Bates, 1913 

O beautiful for spacious skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the fruited plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrim feet 
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare of freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God mend thine every flaw, 
Confirm thy soul in self-control, 
Thy liberty in law! 

O beautiful for heroes proved 
In liberating strife. 
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life! 
America! America! 
May God thy gold refine 
Till all success be nobleness 
And every gain divine! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
And crown thy good with brotherhood 
From sea to shining sea! 

O beautiful for halcyon skies, 
For amber waves of grain, 
For purple mountain majesties 
Above the enameled plain! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till souls wax fair as earth and air 
And music-hearted sea! 

O beautiful for pilgrims feet, 
Whose stem impassioned stress 
A thoroughfare for freedom beat 
Across the wilderness! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till paths be wrought through 
wilds of thought 
By pilgrim foot and knee! 

O beautiful for glory-tale 
Of liberating strife 
When once and twice, 
for man's avail 
Men lavished precious life! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till selfish gain no longer stain 
The banner of the free! 

O beautiful for patriot dream 
That sees beyond the years 
Thine alabaster cities gleam 
Undimmed by human tears! 
America! America! 
God shed his grace on thee 
Till nobler men keep once again 
Thy whiter jubilee! 

WORDS TO LIVE BY... 

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." - Mark Twain

"I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much." - Mother Teresa

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost

"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Just because your pain is understandable, doesn't mean your behavior is acceptable." - Steve Maraboli

 Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate