Finding America's spirit on a Sunday drive

It’s not hard to find America's spirit, even on a Sunday drive. Photo: America's spirit AP photo

JACKSBORO, Texas, July 10, 2013 — Fourth of July creates a renewed sense of all the things great about America. It is so easy to get caught up with the negative aspects of American life that we tend to forget about all the positive things going on, even when some of the most uplifting events are happening within a day’s drive from home.

Every day we hear of more and more of the scandals coming out of Washington D.C., and what appears to be a government take over of our lives. We wish every day for some true facts about Benghazi, the Internal Revenue Service and the far reaching spying by our National Security Agency. What we receive are cover-ups and out-right lies.

At times it seems as if America has lost her way. At each of our cities crossroads, we see another crash of one kind or another.  

Has our beloved country lost her way? Here is an antidote to that feeling:   

Sunday morning in North Texas is a great time to take a short day trip. After filling up with gas, $40 to be exact, we headed up North toward Oklahoma.  To be more precise we headed for Lawton, Okla. The Davis Mountains are beautiful this time of year. 

But the things that caught my attention the most was the activity of the people along the way.

Not far out of town we noticed that the oil fields were still operating, drilling rigs drilling for oil. Trucks were plentiful, hauling the oil to market. Also road crews were busy keeping our highways repaired and in good shape. The farmers were out in their fields plowing and up-grading their property and doing these things with faith. Yes, faith. In this neck of the woods, our farmers and ranchers live in the faith that hard work brings results and we consumers are blessed well because of their hard work.

Along the way, we made a few stops, and as usual, striking up a conversation or two, which in this country it isn’t hard to do. Of course, at this time of year, the weather is always a “hot” topic, especially when the temp is 100+, but for the people of Oklahoma, they are just glad to see the end of storm season.

And every so often you will hear something about politics, but when on a road trip, you try to move along to another subject. Why ruin a wonderful day talking politics?

All in all we came back with a renewed belief that the movers and shakers of this great land are its people. They are the ones making the wheels of commerce turn each day with their hard work and their faith that by doing these things, and taking care of their neighbor, this nation will continue to prosper and grow.

This trip was worth way more than the $40 paid for gas. We saw progress with new business being built along the way, and we also saw old structures being torn down, making way for something new.

It’s not hard to find America’s spirit thrives, even on Sunday drive.

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