Yesterday, I went to our local Girl Scout house after work to pick up some more Girl Scout cookies. The building has other offices in it, so there was a great deal of activity going on while I was there. I had persons offer to hold the door for me as I pushed my cartful of cookie cases out to the car. So, when I was going back into the building, to return my cart, I had a man offer to hold the door open once again. I was wearing my favorite dress wool coat, and on it, loud and proud, is my President Obama button, 44th President of the United States.
As this man held the door for me, he spotted my button. He said “If I had seen your button, I wouldn’t have held the door for you”, smiling all the while. Then, he told me he was kidding, and then proceeded to ask me, “Where’s your hope? Where’s your change?”
At first, I was shocked, shocked that someone would state that so boldly, all the while with a smile on his face, like it was a welcome challenge. This lasted about two seconds in real time, but it felt longer. I just smiled a big smile back, and stated firmly, “It’s coming…..”.
As if hope and change can be epitomized by one human being. As if hope and change are sound bytes instead of representations of what is yet to be achieved. As if hope and change is less about each of us as Americans and human beings, but rather about opposing political parties.
The hope and change for the future, for every moment that comes next, for every tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that, doesn’t live in our President, any more than it lives in each of us. One of the most amazing things about our new Leader to me, is that he is a good role model for hope, for change, and that he lets all of us know, that it is not up to him to bring it about. It is about ALL OF US.
I carry my hope and change with me all of the time. Hope for a bright future for our daughter. Changes of equality and fairness and human compassion. Hope for peace and an end to poverty and violence. As I conduct myself in my daily life, so do I carry on these principles and others: Love. Faith. Compassion.
Our President has Ubuntu in my opinion. He genuinely cares, and he wants to help us all to help ourselves. A hand up, not a hand out. He wants to have us do the work, do the sacrificing, do the gaining when things are improving again. He is showing us, through his hopeful attitude, that change is possible. He is reminding all of us what we already know: that all things are possible, and that we need to be shown at times, that with faith, love, and compassion, we can do just about anything if we work together.
Where is my hope and change you ask? Inside of me, and every one of us.
It is so time to put that button on a spring coat…….