"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Inaugural Address January 20th, 1961
JFK was the first person outside of my family, faith and community that made me aspire to be my best and to focus on helping others to reach their dreams.
I love this picture of him looking towards a vision of a better future, a better life for our country and the world.
As a boy, I wanted to be my best self, live my best life going forward and be a blessing to others and part of that wish came from JFK. He and others made me believe that it was possible. And I've never stopped believing it.
On May 25th, 1961, twenty days after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, President Kennedy spoke before Congress seeking more funding for the space program. He audaciously proclaimed, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." He got the money.
On July 20th, 1969 Neil Armstrong made that dream a reality, with a mere five months and ten days to spare. I remember watching it on TV, with my family, and hundreds of millions of others around the world. Our country, and the world, believed it could be done and we had the will to do it.
We can accomplish our dreams, yes we can. What "small step" can we take today that will move us towards that reality? And what can we do to inspire others to do the same?