I remember being a child in the early '80s and being told, "By the time you have your drivers license, we'll all be driving hovercrafts or something like that." Needless to say, I've had my driver's license for 20 years (give or take a few) and we're not to the hovercraft-place, just yet.
While many things have indeed advanced, quite a few things have not. In our nation - in our own backyard - poverty is still devastating to so many ... there are still people who cannot afford proper heath care ... institutions that are charged with teaching our children continue to crumble to the ground ... while many are still out of work. Need I continue?
When President Obama was Candidate Obama, we were promised change in our country ... a change we could believe in. Remember? While many are disenchanted by a change they haven't seen - others are disenchanted by the fact that the change that *has come* hasn't taken the form they thought it would. What these disenchanted folks have forgotten is that TRUE change cannot come at the hand of one person. Change starts with each one of us as individuals and the only way we can be effective change agents in our country is to be effective change agents within and for ourselves.
In honor of the new year, I'd like to bring you one of my most favorite quotes.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
- Nelson Mandela | 1994 Inaugural Speech