Disappointed that on such a huge day in our country’s history, I happened to be traveling. However, I am pleased that my son who is in 2nd grade was able to watch the events unfold as they happened – and when I spoke w/ him earlier he understood the gravity of what was going on. “It was pretty cool, Dad.” was how he summed it up. Yes, yes it was.
I’ve read on FB and Twitter unbelievable amounts of quotes and snippets from President Obama’s speech today, but this passage (as I watched in a time-shifted way on my laptop tonight then re-read the text) is what gave me the most pause, made me choke up a bit, write a note to my kids to make sure that regardless of what the next four years worth of actions bring they know this is an unbelievably valuable life lesson, that this election was not just about skin color but about getting back to the fabric of who we are and who we should strive to be as a country, what re-affirmed my optimistic lens for this year, and – last – could not be a more relevant message for our industry continually trying to figure out how to meet challenges w/ new instruments…
“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded, then, is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world; duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.
This is the price and the promise of citizenship.
This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.”