Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The necessity of hope~
Like a wedding after a whirlwind romance, the inauguration of our 44th president captured the country's heart--and the world's: a ceremony of promise and hope.
All new relationships start with hope. To a country with a debilitated economy and fractured expectations nothing is needed more at the moment the torch is passed from one administration to another than this positive emotion.
Things will change. Change is constant. Change comes from making choices, or not making them. Things will change. We hope it will be positive.
And here is where hope is tested.
When the emotional high fades, and real life resumes as it always does, differences that seemed easily surmounted stand out starkly. Change--what must change and how--is clarified. Disagreements arise. Ideologies diverge. Goodwill dissipates. Hope fades.
And without hope we lose ourselves.
Many have already stated what they believe are the most critical issues the president faces: global warming, terrorism, the economy, education . . . Yes, all of those and more are critical. But Barack Obama must keep alive the flame of hope he's fanned--the expectation that we can come together and overcome differences to move forward with positive change requires nothing less than hope.
United we stand.
Together we can.
We gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. ~Barack Obama