Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Walk Humbly, Now

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief.
Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.

~The Talmud

Of Note: Well, folks, the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States is over. After two years of hard scrabble fighting and the most costly campaign in history, we are now ready to move on to the work ahead of us. And work it will be. We look forward to joining with our new President and taking part in one of the largest experiments in human living and loving ever conceived. In the Inaugural Address, the new President invited the rest of the world to join us in moving past the spirit of separatism to which humanity has become habituated. Only by joining hands will it be possible to move into the Light. Our destiny awaits us.

Today's Weather Report: It was the most glorious sunny day this morning and in the 20's, very similar to Washington DC. 2 million people watched from the Mall as the events of the day unfolded. None looked very cold. Excitement will do that. Some I know didn't want to watch the Inauguration today. That's OK, but I figured history in the making is worth watching. The video above of the President taking the oath of office will be a part of this blog forever.

Watch For Change Snippet: My sister, Marie, sent me a great syndicated column by Arianna Huffington that fits in nicely with the inaugural theme today. This usually outspoken woman is known for her far-left rants--at least that's what I thought. For this observer, ranting is assigned to the discard bin whether from the right or left. Thus, it was a surprise to read these inspiring words: "Barack Obama is not the only one being inaugurated Jan 20. We all are." Her thesis? It is up to us, We the People, to take the matter in hand and do the right thing for our fellow man starting today. No knight in shining armor is going to save the day without millions backing him. Huffington quoted a noted psychologist who said: "Goodness like evil, often begins in small steps." She challenged all of us to start taking those small steps if we hadn't already. Hope itself is a great feeling but it dissipates over time. Loving action is the balm that provides real healing. Beginning today, we can watch change unfold on the Huffington Post where people's efforts to meet unmet need will be highlighted. Now that's not left-leaning at all. It might even be a kumbaya moment. Bring it on....

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