With the New Year and new administration approaching and the nightmare of the past 8 almost behind us, I hope that all of us can set a new more positive course for the coming year and years to come.
I was beside myself with happiness when most of the country came to their senses and elected Barack Obama as our next president. We so needed someone who had a vision of the future and not of past glories and stale concepts, I couldn’t believe it actually happened. I know my Dad would be happy, he was very impressed with Obama’s speech 4 years ago.
However, one man cannot do it alone. I’m sure that Obama will invoke the spirit of JFK when he gives his Inaugural speech and he will be right to do so, he is facing unprecedented obstacles in the wake of a corrupt and short sighted administration and he is going to need everyone to do their part no matter how small. We can start by being kind to each other.
Now I know that sounds a bit simplistic but if you stop to think about it, there hasn’t been a lot of kindness going around the past 8 years and it can be felt everywhere. Tempers are shorter, differences seem greater, conflicts settled with guns and battle grounds are being drawn because of opposing views…The list goes on. I am not surprised when the Far Right has had a greater weight in Washington than the rest of the citizenry, we are a country of diversity and our government should reflect and celebrate that fact, not try to stifle or regulate the differences by trying to appease a vocal – and money influential - minority. We look silly to the rest of the world because we have become so hypocritical in our actions: Bragging about spreading Democracy and Freedom while trashing the Constitution and trampling the rights of US citizens. Once the land of promise, we now are a land of broken dreams, we are no longer the respected World leader we once were and it will take a lot of work to regain that respect.
Each and every one of us can help regain that respect with acts of kindness and respect towards others. Each of us needs to resolve to accept our neighbors for their differences, to reach out a helping hand, to step back and think before passing judgment on a person for what ever reason (i.e. color of skin, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, age… the list is endless) because if you stopped to think about it, they could be thinking the same things about you! We need to find common ground and build on that not quibble over the things we differ on; those differences can make what we build stronger because it brings different perspectives to the mix and that is a good thing. And when we travel abroad, we need to respect the cultures we visit, the term “ugly American” is well deserved and needs to become a thing of the past.
So in this New Year I resolve to be a better person. That won’t be easy. It means not yelling at the person who cut me off in traffic or passing judgment on those with whom I disagree, I’m sure my list is long and I will be confronted often, but I will try. Call it Karma or Positive Energy or what ever you want, but the more positive actions and thoughts we can generate the higher we can lift ourselves out of this pit we find our selves in. We owe it to our selves, our Country, our new President and to our world, we can do this. Yes we can.
Love, Peace and Bright Blessing to you and yours.