By Tony Farkas
This last weekend was an anniversary of sorts for me.
Six years ago, as I was helping my wife with an event she was managing, basically an antiquing/repurposing/handmade goods weekend show, I suffered a heart attack.
A few hours later, I suffered a second one helping my daughter make her bed.
Three days later, I was the proud owner of four bypassed arteries and three drainage tubes, and was treated to a magnificent week-long stay at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in College Station courtesy of Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
There were tears, trials, tribulations, fear, pills and more pills, rehab, and more. It was a pretty scary time.
I could focus on that and let that event be the defining moment of my life; I could drag around, woe is me, and become a burden with little hope. But I won’t.
I was told by my doctor that after all that, there was zero heart damage. None. If that’s not a bright side, I really don’t have an idea what is. But that’s a bright side.
I realize I spend a lot of ink and typing pointing out the downward trajectory of the economy, government, liberty and other things, but truly there are so many things that are positive in this country, and we’ll see that once we change our viewpoint.
For instance, East Texas really is a great place to live. There is a camaraderie here that is as welcome as it is ingrained into the fabric of the society.
There are numerous school districts that take the education of children seriously and approach it passionately.
There are elected officials that champion the rights of victims and ensure that justice is meted out fairly and equitably.
There are law enforcement officials that are just as much a part of the society as they are protectors of it, and care about keeping everyone safe.
There are legislators that skip the party lines, that care about doing what’s right instead of what will get the most votes in the next election.
There are the everyday, workaday folk that will stop by a stalled car to help, who volunteer for fire departments, who will fundraise for charities, who will work night and day to make civic events something to be proud of, and who always extend helping hands.
There are members of the military, who serve because it’s right, and there are veterans, who not only have served the country but came home and began serving the community (special shout out to VFW Post 6899, who came through in a big way for the SAAFE House this weekend).
There are so many churches throughout the area that help heal spiritually and more and give so much because it’s the right thing to do.
There’s a just and loving God above us, and that promise alone is worth the trouble that we endure down here, because, really, what does $4 gas matter to the promise of the Kingdom?
I also believe that parents need to reclaim their “sovereign rights” on the education of their children.