Taking a break from posting about the Community-Driven Tour to just share what everyone else is feeling – such pride and excitement!
As an American and as a mom, my excitement extends beyond our having an African American president. My joy is heightened as I picture an African American family in the White House, their kids growing up playing on the White House lawns and in those hallowed halls that have, to date, been reserved for white families only.
Imagine such a thing! Just imagine!
It took 200 years to get here. It took the cause and effect of change after change, ripples in the pond, building on other ripples.
It took people of all shades of skin tone fighting to end systems that were wrong, and fighting to create what was just and fair – fighting to create a world where people are not judged by the color of their skin, but indeed by the content of their character.
Today, that strength of character feels overwhelming. Imagine such a thing!
My daughter called from in front of the White House last night. (Lizzie is quoted near the end of this article – that’s my girl!) She screamed into the phone, “I don’t know if you can hear me over the noise, but you cannot imagine what it feels like to be here!”
But of course I can imagine. We have turned a corner. My daughter’s generation is more naturally colorblind than my generation could have ever hoped to be. They are far more accepting of differing sexuality. Having grown up with the world at their extended fingertips – their keyboards – they are instinctively global thinkers.
We always give lip service to “children being our future.” This generation is that and more. It is all the result of cause and effect. The ripples in the pond.
I am speaking in Williamsburg, Virgina this afternoon. I will start my talk with the same message I have used to start every talk along this tour: Creating visionary change in our communities and our world is not only possible; it is practical and doable.
Today, and for the next few days and weeks,we will bask in what is possible. From there, though, it will be time to make things practical and doable. This will require that we aim our work squarely at the world we want to live in, and that we align our steps in that direction – that we consciously create the future we want for tomorrow and for the thousand tomorrows that lie ahead.
We have much work ahead of us. It is time to get started.
Image of the Obama Family thanks to the Chicago Tribune. Image of my daughter’s friends rejoicing, thanks to Tom Lotito (bottom left. Lizzie is bottom center.)