Be A Leader in 2019

Be A Leader in 2019

 By David Allen, Development for Conservation

Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.

– Theodore Roosevelt



I sincerely hope that this New Year’s message finds you warm and comfortable, surrounded by family and good friends, joy, laughter, and good food. Enjoy it to the fullest.

And use the time to ready yourself for the year that is to come. For surely, we will need you.

Selfish men and greedy interests are running the country. And our nation’s beauty, riches, and romance are clearly at risk.

In the words of the poet Suzy Kassem, we need leaders “who will invest in building bridges, not walls.

Books, not weapons.

Morality, not corruption.

Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance.

Stability, not fear and terror.

Peace, not chaos.

Love, not hate.

Convergence, not segregation.

Tolerance, not discrimination.

Fairness, not hypocrisy.

Substance, not superficiality.

Character, not immaturity.

Transparency, not secrecy.

Justice, not lawlessness.

Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction.

Truth, not lies.

As we bring to a close a year full of walls and corruption and fear and hypocrisy and immaturity and lies, and everything else on the right-hand side of Kassem’s ledger, I humbly ask you to find a way to be such an investor in 2019.

Find a way to Lead.



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