What do you have?
When the accolades, excesses, superficial and shallow are gone, what remains? When the cupboards are bare, the accounts low, and energy depleted, what is left?
What is it that is important? Is it things, memories, accumulations, accomplishments or status? Maybe deeds, holdings, achievements or awards?
When all is stripped away, what matters most and still stands, and will always stand?
What values do you hold true to? What characteristics do you cherish, honor and hold in high esteem? What truths are immutable? What ideas are solid yet evolving?
Who are you, deep inside, when all is stripped away?
Who are we as a society, when all is stripped away?
This is your bedrock. This is our bedrock.
Bedrock = the lowest point; solid rock underlying surface materials; fundamental, basic or relaible
What is it that can never be taken away from you? Your family?
What is it that cannot be taken away from your community, your nation?
Now is the time to see very clearly what is important, valuable, worth fighting for and burning at our core of who we are.
Remove the filters, reduce it all to the basic common denominator, and stand strong and unapologetically for those very values, ideals, truths!
If you do not, you, your family, your community and your nation may very well change forever into a place that you no longer recognize, prize, or desire.
When all is stripped away, I want to stand proud and unashamed for the principles, characteristics, morals, ideals and mores that I am built upon. When all is stripped away there are “these truths” that I hold as self-evident and I will not compromise them. No matter what. And I will not allow anyone to rip them away from me.
When all is stripped away, I will answer to the One who made me for who I am and what I did with what He gave me. And I will stand proud upon those things of eternal value.
When all is stripped away, what about you? Who are you? What do you stand for? What is important you you? What remains of value?
Cheers to you.