Inspired, But Wary

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Whatever your political affiliation, you may just be lying to yourself if you say you weren’t in some way moved or inspired by President Obama’s words & tone in this evening’s State of the Union address.

I just wish that it carried more tangible, long-term weight behind it than the face value of being a well-written speech delivered by a charismatic leader.

I’m never been one to hide my disdain for nor curb my sharp critiques of the modern-day political landscape; as such, Obama’s call to cease unproductive cynicism spoke most to me personal level.  I would love to be less cynical (a trait which I sometimes justify to myself as “accentuated realism”)…but now what?  I posed the question to Emily out loud, as we were sharing discussion following Obama’s remarks and the punditry pageant that always comes right behind an address.  “That’s always the question, isn’t it?,” she mused.  “Well, you just keep being good.  One day at a time, you just keep being good.”

Keep being good.  Good to yourself; good to your family; good to your friends; good to your neighbors.  Good to your community.  Good to your land.  Good to your animals (I think about this a lot more now that I live with a dog owner).  The merits of the ‘trickle-down economy’ have left us parched, but maybe, just maybe, by spreading enough goodness around amongst ourselves…we can build and build and eventually may our cups runneth over with gratitude and love for our fellow man.

One day at a time.

No arguments here.

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