Last night I almost forgot about Oprah's dream school program for the girls in Africa. I caught most of it...and constantly teared up. My throat hurt by the time the show ended. I recently remarked about our wonderful country and how people sometimes forget our freedoms. Our military men/women and families pay a heavy price for our freedom but so many conveniently forget what that gives us...possibilities.
So many of the children in Third World countries will never have the possibilities of being safe, an education or having even 1 decent meal a day...much less in a lifetime. But it is because they have no options. What pisses me off when I see what those children will never have without caring people and organizations, like Oprah and her Angel Network, is to see our poverty levels in the U.S.A.
There are at least opportunities. Oprah saw them and to know where she came from...compared to where she is today...is not just her own ambition for more, but because of the country we live in. My family is by no means wealthy, but we can work. We want to work...we want more for our family. My children. We can work because of opportunities we choose to take. Those girls on the show last night wouldn't have had a chance because of where they live. For most of them there is no way out. It's all they know.
I won't bore you with my soapbox tirade on our welfare system and the people who take advantage of it, but last night's show gave me a kick in the motivation side of my behind. I can be more...because it's there. I can do more...because it's there for me to grab.
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