Every great invention, event, or idea came to be because someone was willing to put themselves out there to get it started, but almost none of them were accomplished alone. Few people began and through the help of many others the goal was accomplished. M. Russel Ballard reminded that “great things are brought about… through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause.” Nothing great can be accomplished completely alone. We have to rely on the support, knowledge, and skills of others, whether they lived a hundred years ago or they live today, we need their help. Whether physically, emotionally, or mentally, it is impossible for us to reach our goal without the efforts of many hands. When I first had the idea to begin America Restored, I began thinking of all that it would require and I knew it was impossible to do it on my own. I reached out for help, and with the help of a few fellow patriots, whom I am so grateful for, America Restored has been able to grow so much since then. If I had been left to work on it alone, I would have been unable to continue for these past two years. I know it can be hard when you are trying to accomplish something that is out of the ordinary or “weird” and not many people stand with you. When put in this situation, look to those who are standing with you, and rely on them and your own personal strengths and rest assured that if you are doing what is right, you will succeed. Never feel like you have to be alone because if you look around, there will always be someone there to help you accomplish what you have a desire to accomplish. Helen Keller taught, “alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” Don’t be afraid to reach out to those who are fighting for the same cause. Let them know you’re for them and you’ll see they are there for you. Let us all come together so we can accomplish a great work.
It is official. It has been two years since America Restored published our first entry! Since June 16, 2016, we have written exactly one hundred entries and received nearly four thousand views. I cannot believe how much this website has grown since then and I am so grateful for how much support we have received. It amazes me to look back at how much I, personally, have learned and grown over these past two years while writing for America Restored and I am also incredibly grateful for that. These past two years we have written about the principles of liberty and virtue that we value most, and we want everyone to know how important these principles are. They are the principles our founding fathers valued more than almost anything, fought for, and risked almost everything for. They are the principles that thousands have sacrificed their lives for. As we strive to live by these principles, we will be able to restore liberty. As we continue America Restored, we hope to continue to be able to teach others and to be able to continue to learn and grow ourselves. To those who have been with us since the beginning, thank you so much for being willing to continue and for supporting us. For those who are just now reading America Restored, thank you for seeking knowledge and trying us out. Once again, we are so grateful for the experiences, support, and knowledge we have received throughout these two years and we hope for more to come!
A fellow patriot and good friend of mine said to me, “I’ve realized something. About our tendencies. We often describe ourselves in absolutes. Like we say ‘I’m lazy’, or ‘I’m not smart’, or ‘I’m weak’, or
‘I’m not good enough’ but that’s not true. ‘I’ve been acting lazy’, ‘I don’t understand right now’, ‘I have weakness’, and ‘I am working working towards achieving that goal’ are all correct and a better mindset.”
We often say things as if there is no room for change, like the classic excuse, “that’s just the way I am”, when in reality each and every one of us has flaws that can all be made better if we are constantly working towards bettering ourselves. We must be progressing, instead of telling ourselves we are one way and that is the only way we will ever be. Sometimes it’s difficult looking at those things about yourself you want to change, and it’s even more difficult to put in the work to do so, but if we neglect to do so, we will never be able to accomplish anything and we will doom ourselves to staying the way we are. People say mindset is half the battle, and that can be true. If you tell yourself you can never be more than what you are now, you have already given up and won’t be able to accomplish what you could have if you have believed that you could. I urge you fellow patriots, to work towards bettering yourselves daily and to never give in to the lie that you will never be able to change. You have more potential than what you see.
Everyone at one point has struggled with remaining accountable. Whether it’s because there are too many things on your plate or there are just better things to do, whatever it may be, there are times when the tasks at hand don’t get done. In those moments, people always look to someone or something else to blame. In the end, it is always our fault that we were not accountable. As Ronald Reagan once said, “It is time to restore that American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions”. While you are responsible for your own actions, that does not mean you can not reach out for help. One of the easiest ways to build accountability in yourself is finding a friend to support you and keep you in line. You can’t put everything on their shoulders, but you can ask for help. Or maybe you are the one on whom others can rely. Not everyone is perfectly centered on their own. But in order to hold others accountable, we must first look to ourselves.
In government, we always want our representatives to act responsibly. Together, we can build accountability on a small scale, later expanding it to those in charge. Like we always say, if we ourselves become virtuous, our governments will follow. So when we are asked whose fault is it that we are where we are, we must realize we are the ones accountable.