Reflections: Moving Forward…
“Tonight … the task of perfecting our union moves forward… we are one American family, and we will rise and fall as one nation.” President Obama
Obama’s Complete Victory Speech: Obama Wins the 2012 Election
Moving Forward by Rainer Maria Rilke
The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
That I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can’t reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the sky
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes.
After many months of campaigns, debates, political ads, vitriol and anticipation, the American people voted. President Obama got re-elected as the 44th President of the United States of America and, regardless of which side we voted for, it is time to move forward as a united country. Congratulations to our president and kudos to all who made the effort to get out there and vote. I am proud of everyone who helped move the process forward; a decisive vote for hope and change. My prayer is that we set aside our differences and petty hatreds and work together to get this great nation back on the road to economic recovery.
“It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression.” President Obama
Look To This Day by Kalidasa
Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn! via allpoetry.com
As the President gave his inspired acceptance speech last night, I couldn’t help but reflect on the long road that led him down the path to the presidency; particularly to his second term in office. I reflected on the debates with Gov Romney and the results. I went looking for poems that spoke to me on the magnitude of this election outcome and that represented the positive effort that we can make to pull Americans together in celebration and healing. I know that some folk are still caught up in the maya of negativity but, with time, I hope they’ll come around. Indeed, we will move forward because we reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war, divisiveness and depression. More below!
“Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come.” President Obama
Freedom by Rabindranath Tagore
Freedom from fear is the freedom
I claim for you my motherland!
Freedom from the burden of the ages, bending your head,
breaking your back, blinding your eyes to the beckoning
call of the future;
Freedom from the shackles of slumber wherewith
you fasten yourself in night’s stillness,
mistrusting the star that speaks of truth’s adventurous paths;
freedom from the anarchy of destiny
whole sails are weakly yielded to the blind uncertain winds,
and the helm to a hand ever rigid and cold as death.
Freedom from the insult of dwelling in a puppet’s world,
where movements are started through brainless wires,
repeated through mindless habits,
where figures wait with patience and obedience for the
master of show,
to be stirred into a mimicry of life. via allpoetry.com
One thing I know for sure is that the right to vote is one of the greatest freedoms we have. To not exercise that right or to have it suppressed through the machinations of those who wish to thwart the political process is unconscionable. Fear-mongering has no place in the Freedom path. If we want our voices heard, we must vote. If we want to effect change, we must vote. If we don’t vote then we must live with whichever way the wind blows… becoming puppets, and that is not freedom. May we all find peace and love in our hearts to support the president and the enormous task he has at hand. God Bless America.
What are your thoughts? What are you doing to move forward? How do you plan to join hands with others? Do share! Thank you.
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: Moving forward takes a spirit of hope and belief in the greater good to come. Embrace change and Engage!