President Barack Obama has won a second term in office and this is a great testament to have far we have come as a people when it comes to acceptance and tolerance. It is very refreshing to note that this is the platform and the state of the world that we will be leaving for our children. I still believe that there are some areas where a lot more needs to be done, but all things considered it is a remarkable improvement.
Imagine we were brought to this country as slaves. In some parts of the world we elevated from slavery to work as indentured servants. Whatever the terminology, we were always considered to be the “underdogs” and should always be subservient.
There was a time when we could not eat in the same restaurant like everyone else. Had it not been for the likes of Rosa Parks, we may have still been delegated to the back of the bus. Those days are long gone and today we walk among each other, we socialize and laugh and cry at the same triumphs and tragedies in our lives.
What a long journey! But one we should all be proud of. We are now able to respect each other and recognize our similarities and our differences and yet be able to cohabit peacefully. We can be intellectuals together and be proud of each other’s accomplishments.
The fact that the people have voted not once, but twice; for President Barack Obama to head our governing body; speaks volumes to where we were and where we are now. Our people have set aside bigotry and pettiness and are making strides toward building a world where we socialize, be tolerant of our differences and recognize our strengths and weaknesses as a people, not because of color, religion, race, or creed, but based on our abilities to be open and accepting of each other.
All of this would not have been possible if we did not allow ourselves to dream big and to dream of an eventual world peace. In his speech Martin Luther King says:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.”
I am so thankful that President Barack Obama was able to dream and dream BIG. If he had told someone when he was growing up that he had a dream to be the President of the United States of America, I am sure they would have laughed at him. BUT he did not give up on his dreams and so should we all. Hold dear to our dreams but work toward fulfilling them. Because: to dream without action is like a boat without a paddle – it will get us nowhere!
I am also glad that I did not give up on my dreams: Of becoming an American citizen and an author. It is a very gratifying feeling when we can accomplish our dreams. I am thrilled that my book “The Green Grass” was completed and published. So I encourage each one to “dare to dream” and follow your dreams, no matter how big or how small.
There are many parts of the world and even still amongst us where narrow minded individuals still hold on to these ignorant ways of thinking. Let us try to educate them and help them to see that we are all children of one universe, our mother earth and our faith should not be from any particular religion but based on “humanity”. To tie this in, please accept a humble quote from the “Desiderata – “You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”
If we all think like this, and accept the fact that each of us are equal in the eyes of humanity and yet different in our own unique ways, then the world would be less violent and way more peaceful. A world: full of hope and appreciation for each and every one of her inhabitants.