(post updated 11/5/08) Today we have a new President of the United States. A new day is born! One of the reasons that Ron and I supported Obama is the spirit of hope and common sense that he brings to his platform. It reminds me of the Kennedy years when we were young and idealistic. Even if Obama himself can’t make all the changes we would want, each of us working together, and as individuals, can. That was the spirit, enthusiasm and belief that we could make a difference that caused me to join the Peace Corps in 1966. I see that spirit being reborn in our youth today. The Guides have said that each one of us makes an important contribution to life on earth, no matter how small it may look to us. Robert F. Kennedy said it this way:
“Few will have the greatness to bend history
itself; but each of us can work to change a small
portion of events, and in the total of all those acts
will be written the history of this generation.”
— Robert F. Kennedy: former United States Attorney General
November is the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving. In such fearful times, it can be easy to forget to be grateful for what we have—our relationships, our health, the beauty of earth, our life, even our “stuff.” So, in this moment in time, Ron and I give thanks for all that we have, for the opportunity to do this inspiring work, and for the relationship that we have with each of you, no matter how distant.
P.S. Our son-in-law, John Bardi, who is a Professor of Philosophy (can’t you tell?) contributed this month’s poll. Be sure to vote your opinion.