By Stacey Diaz

Where are we as a country? Well, the truth is we have taken some steps backwards. The thing about backwards though, is that for all we have spent years building, we must rebuild now one brick at a time. We’ve got to be honest about where we are in order to take our communities and country to the next level.

Our challenge in this as a culture will be our patience with the progression of results. Going back to the basics and having gratitude to God for the people in our lives and all that we have is our ray of hope and sunshine.

Look around you. What are your blessings? Find as many of them as you can. Then, look for just a couple of opportunities. Progress takes time, especially in larger communities so make sure to have realistic expectations.