With the election day over, I am reflecting more on how intense the past 3 months have been. From Sarah Palin's distracting "thanks, but no thanks" rhetoric-from bridges to taxes, to her absolutely shamelessness about how regressive here "family" values were, I felt for McCain--who got swept up in the fanatical negativity of his shrinking party. Then the only kind of Katrina storm that matters in our world: financial market crisis, that said, our economy is no longer sustainable. Then last night (November 4), we as a nation, did the right thing, and a diverse electorate got out there and voted for unity and a new story.
Every century, a new story is created. In the 20th Century it was about industry and technology. Today it is about unity, multi-everything, strength in diverseness, and dare I say nurturing a nation and its people, all people, back to health- social, economic, cultural, political, and for all citizens to be empowered.
John McCain, although I didn't vote for him, in his concession speech, finally took the stage and was real in his declaration that "the people have spoken" and that coming together was more important then party finger pointing and talk.
Question: What do you think is the next story for our century?
Below are two films from the Barak Obama's campaign: One his acceptance speech which to me is about healing and creating a new story, the other so much more work to go. To me these gives more than hope--I get an concrete sense that now is our time to lead from a nurturing place and that the world that depended on dominance and zero-sum game for leadership, has to stand aside.
As Robyn Frye has said: lead from "Selfless Ambition" and let's do that together- what are you doing to help make your world a better place? Let's go make history: we already embraced our right to vote (see my post on Civil Disobedience and Iron Jawed Angels) nowlet's bring more Soul at Work in all facets of our lives.
Barack Obama's There is More Work to do film:
Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech 11/4/08: