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These Are The Ways To be

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These Are The Ways To Be

What are the values
That a nation
A People
A person
Should work for?

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What are the ways
Of being
That a nation
A People
A person
Should strive for?

What are the most
Ways to be
That do not
Depend on...

Or power?

Be a light in the darkness
Be a place of peace in wartime
Be a promoter of life in the face of death
Be a voice of reason in the midst of confusion
Be an example of courage in a world of fear
Be a beacon of hope in a sea of despair
Be an expression of freedom in the prison of lies
Be an orator of conviction in the forum of cynicism
Be a statement of simplicity in the marketplace of vanity
Be a source of nourishment in the land of hunger
Be a symbol of tolerance in the halls of bigotry
Be a gentle hand in a rough neighborhood
Be the master of a touch, a word, an act, and an attitude that heals
Be who we really are in that place where we all meet as one

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These are the values
These are the ways to be
That will bring us
Through this valley
Of the dark shadow of today
And onto the mountaintop
Of a bright dawn of tomorrow
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Jim Bush is a 67 year old, Vietnam-era veteran, currently living in Texas. He was raised in a military family. His father received the Silver Star for directing troops while under air attack at Clark Field in the Phillipines, survived the Bataan (more...)

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