Sunday, May 6, 2007

Come On In! The Water's Fine!

For those of you who haven't read about Governor Romney's inspiring commencement addresss at Regent University, a Christian school headed by Pat Robertson, you will enjoy these excerpts.

The thing I love most about Mitt is his ability to motivate and inspire. I'm catching glimpses of his dreams for a better America, and I can't help but feel that I am making a difference just by supporting him.

It's funny, I was kind of thrown back after Mitt encouraged the students to swim out into the deeper waters. I think my whole life I was told to stay in the shallows--there it is safe, I know what to expect, and I can wade comfortably. Mitt challenged the students (and I imagine all of us) to go out and seek our may not be comfortable, it may not be what we expect, and it might not be without trials and tribulations....... But it will be invigorating! If we are to challenge ourselves and, by so doing, change the world by making some waves, what isn't possible?

This is just my take on his speech, it might affect you is a segment of the address:

"Over the years, I have watched a number of people live out their lives in shallow water. In the shallows, life is all about yourself - your job, your money, your rights, your needs, your ideas, your comforts. In the deeper waters, life is about others - spouse, family, friends, faith, community, country. In the deep waters, there are challenging ideas, opposing opinions, protracted battles of consequence. You are, of course, giving a great deal of thought to your career. The economic environment may be more turbulent and competitive than my generation has known. Some of you will be tempted to stay near shore, where there are no big breakers and where you will never make any waves. Others will push beyond the sandbar, pursuing new frontiers, exploring new ideas, driving to achieve, to learn, to influence, to contribute. If there ever was a time for great Americans, great and good Americans, Americans who are willing to cross into the deep waters of life, it is now. You cross into the deep waters by marrying and raising good children. There is no work more important to America's future that the work that is done within the four walls of the American home. You cross into the deep waters by driving yourself in your education and in your avocation beyond the safe and comfortable, to reach new insights, to make contributions, to serve. You cross into the deep waters by serving in your church, in your community, in the military, in government or in volunteer service. I am optimistic about the future of America because I have seen the spirit and heart of the American people."


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John Cronin said...

What a great speech Mitt Romney delivered at Regent University. Wonderful imagery and inspiring rhetoric.

Congratulation to whoever wrote or contributed to the speech.

I thought of a comment by an author who was quoted on the Romney site that I contribute to: "We are looking at the next President."