Choose your destiny

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MISSOURI, May 29, 2014 — We are truly blessed in that we live in a country that we can choose our own destiny. Destiny covers all aspects of living, including our profession, faith, morality, social behavior, and attitude towards life as a whole.

For some of the older generation, growing up was in an era of “high standards” regarding all aspects of being a human being and a citizen of the community. This environment kept a person on a stricter path in determining their destiny then the generation of the late 60’s to our current day that is confronted with violence, crime, dope, high divorce rate and a basically permissive society.

When it comes to choosing your destiny today, our citizens face a real challenge. They wonder about their attitude toward a career and whether they want to take the time to complete the prerequisites to enter that chosen career. They question whether they want to make the sacrifices or whether they are willing to start at the very botto of the career ladder.

The opportunities are unlimited. It is exciting for those in the older generation to watch younger people adjust to a whole new life as they enter the work force and find their “career destiny.”

When it comes to reaching your career destiny, always remember your priorities. Priority one is “never neglect your family.”

We must also make decisions about social life. This is a real challenge today living in a permissive society. In years past, it was a given to say prayers at public functions, to have the Ten Commandments displayed, have divinity scenes displayed at Christmas in front of City Hall, marriage was forever, family unit and many other “traditional aspects” of the past society that many current seniors grew up with.

Today, there are statements such as “politically correct” and “do your own thing.” The desire to avoid offending anyone has created very loose standards instead of the well-defined social standards of the past era, which were accepted –as a rule—by society. For example, at no time did anyone ever think about “burning the American flag.” It was literally unthinkable.

People today are so fortunate that they have or will have the opportunity to determine their own destiny. It requires a lot of thought processes when defining yourself in regard to social choices today. Ask yourself when I marry will I work at making this a lasting one, will my foundation be built on the word “integrity” and  have the attitude to achieve your objectives as you have determined that you want for your career and social destiny.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.
Charles spent a fifty-four-year career in technology, retiring at the director level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a freelance columnist, he has published three books, made over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, and been involved in numerous radio interviews and one television commercial. He has been married for sixty-five years, and has four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grand children. Charles is also a Navy veteran.
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