The American Dream


“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The American Dream.”  This notion has become cliché, but at times you will come across someone who has captured what the world views as a wide open opportunity here in America.  Freedom alone is one thing we take for granted.  Freedom to choose has been so diluted over the years that some may forget that this is what makes our country so great and what some people go through in order to get it.  It is a privilege, not a luxury.  In this issue, you will read about someone I had the opportunity to encounter who has grounded me in this simple truth.  Annabel Lopez, MD, is a young physician here in Weslaco who migrated here in her late teens, knowing no English, and who managed to put herself through college by working 4 jobs and learning the English language in order to obtain a medical degree and practice Obstetrics and Gynecology here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Her story in this issue will reveal the trials her family went through in order to live freely.

With her family member being stranded at sea for days during the transition, it is easy to lose hope and faith – especially when waves are crashing in the infinite open water.  But I believe if we focus on the heavens with our feet on the ground and do what is within our power, God will calm the waves of our storms and will pull us up.

The Undeterred drive Dr. Lopez has is a special trait that is shared by our cover story’s focus in this issue, Dr. Raul Pena.  He has been able to combine his passion for healing with his fanaticism for the Dallas Cowboys.  His ability to reach and live out his goals allows him to testify to the up-and-comers in his field, as well as being a beacon for all those who understand the importance to giving back what God has given you.  Along with these wonderful profiles in this issue of rgVision, we share a few local success stories in the business, medical, and educational realms of the Rio Grande Valley.  We are proud to bring you the July/August issue of rgVision.  Continue to stay informed, educated, and inspired!

Matthew 8:26 – “He replied, ‘you of little faith, why are you so afraid?’  Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”