Okay…maybe not quite exactly.
Perhaps he was channeling Langston Hughes when he gave his State of the Union speech. After all it was Hughes, an American novelist born into mixed races who said, “Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” President Obama said, “We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything is possible.” He believes in winning the future, and so should you all.
For what more could an American…or any human being ask? – A dream that we should all keep alive. A dream that an America, united by the common threads of a diversely rich, albeit battered past, is what makes us who we are today. But it also provides us with the roadmap of who we can all become. Maybe that does not mean that each one of us can become president of the United States, but perhaps it means that like the President remarked, some can become a teacher to our legacies which we leave behind. Perhaps that means reinventing who we are — not just professionally or visually, but to transform ourselves into something bigger than who we are…better than who we are. What can we do besides looking into the mirror and seeing who and what is before us?
I think Henry Ford was quite accurate when he said, “If you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” I imagine President Obama must have clearly held that distinction in his words when he told the American people not a fallacy, but an able-bodied truth in that “We believe in the same promise that says this is a place where you can make it if you try.” That may not suggest that you should become the wealthiest snake oil salesman, but it may imply that if you believe in yourself and you believe in the common good of most sincere people, you will find your footing there. It is the groundwork that has been laid before us, it is the foundation upon which we must build, and it is the structure that we must manifest together as a people. That is what the President offered…it is what we must do: Win the future by working together. E Pluribus Unum – no less can we afford to do. Just my two cents…
Reinventing the Wheel
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