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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kidd Kraddick...A Return to the HEARTBEAT of America

by Dan Getz, International Blogger

My friend and colleague, Jessica Miller told me recently, "Write from your heart.  Write about what you do every day", after listening to me complain about a particular part of my business not panning out like I thought it would.  The last few days I have done exactly that, and there is a "flow" in my writing like I have never experienced least not for a very, very long time.

It is now being reported that Kidd Kraddick died this past Saturday of a preventable and easily treatable heart disease, rather than the previously reported probable cause of death...a brain aneurism.

I am not here to past judgment or dwell on the fact that the "Kidd" should have done this or that.  Anthony Hopkins, playing a part in a thriller called "The Bear" made this statement about the "should haves" and shames of life when a man that ultimately "died of shame" kept dwelling on his mistakes and making statements like "I should have done this...or that": (paraphrased) "People, in the wilderness ultimately die of shame.  They start dwelling on their mistakes.  They  begin saying things like "I should have done this or that"...and ultimately they fail to do the ONE thing that could have saved them...THINK."

But Kidd Kraddick did NOT die in SHAME.  Did he make a mistake in not getting this checked on sooner? Maybe.  But the KIDD Lived his life in a way that was the polar opposite of shame.  He, at some point in his life, chose to BE and LIVE and RETURN TO the "Heartbeat of America" era about 50 or 60 years ago where people actually cared for and looked out for eachother...a time when Presidents like JRK and Civil Rights Activists like Martin Luther King, Jr. Dared to go against the grain, LIVE and go the extra mile or two to aid their fellow man...or woman...even to the point of laying down their own life.

Won't you join me in celebrating the LIFE of people like JRK, Martin Luther King Jr., Kidd Kraddick and countless other RENOWN and UNKNOWN individuals and groups of individuals who have taught US to LIVE through their LIVING, and the laying down of their own lives for US?  Do not let this simply be a fleeting moment decision or whim.  As NIKE has stated over and over through a VERY effective ad campaign...JUST DO IT.

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