Sooooooooooo … it’s Inauguration Day. And while I have no problem getting up on my soapbox and discussing politics, I will spare you of that.
Today is a historic day when you factor in the last four years, and January 6, 2021, in particular. It’s a historic moment when you consider our new Vice-President Kamala Harris, and her husband, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. Honestly, the romantic in me is tickled pink by what I’ve read and seen of their relationship. And for me, that might actually be the highlight of this administration, the relationships–theirs and the Biden’s. That’s the stuff romance novels are made of.
But the biggest thing I think perhaps that identifies this as historic–again, for me–is the forward momentum we are now (hopefully) making. Not because we have a brown person (I don’t say people of color, that’s a different story) and the female gender in the second highest office in the land, but because we are can now move forward. Regardless of where you stand of the political spectrum, you cannot deny that we hit a standstill and stopped moving as a nation. Not just in unity, but also race relations, the pandemic, our place in this world–everything. We stopped moving.
No, I take that back, because sliding back is movement. So, I think it’s better to say, we stopped moving forward. We’ve made no progress in four years. And even before that, we slowed down and quit moving forward. We stalled at some point and just got comfortable where we were. That’s a dangerous place to be–as a nation, a community, a people, individuals. We get to the place where it’s easier to stay where you are than to step out on faith and take a risk. Try something new. Listen to others. Co-exist.
There’s nothing wrong in wanting to continue the good things, but when those things only benefit you, are they really good? Are you discovering all there is to discover? Are you breaking glass ceilings and encouraging your progeny to do better than you did? Are you setting yourself up for true success? Are you fulfilling the potential that lives in you? Are you being all that you can be? Are you encouraging others to be that as well?
I think at some point, we stopped doing all that AS A COLLECTIVE, and this world, this nation, this life became more about, ‘Every Man For Himself.’ This is not to speak of people who are serving with a heroic selflessness (I see you, pandemic first responders), but when not everyone buys into the collective mission–
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
–well, that’s when we hit a standstill. We have to be better than that. We have to be willing to take risks and step outside of our comfortable space. We’re not all going to be presidents and lawmakers and influencers, but we all have neighbors, and friends, and we should all care.
Oops, I stepped up on that soapbox. Let me get down.
So yeah, in summary, today is historic in many ways, and we will not see what progress will be made for a while, but it’s a step in the right direction. And sometimes, that’s all you need–just to take that first step and see where it takes you.
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